Frank, I was thinking the same thing about my No. 1 Original version. The leather is already gone from the front and 1/4" to 1/2" pieces are gone from all the corners. Since the remaining leather is dried, cracked, and even curling up in some places, I might as well help the rest of it to come off, then varnish it like yours.
I will need to use some plastic rubber or something similar on the inside to seal the corners, because with the leather off the camera, the corners will usually not be light tight.
I have that nice soft & supple piece of Kodak chamois that I might use to cut out a new "bellows" for the camera. I can dye it a nice black with some of that shoe dye that Jack mentioned in his earlier post, but I do need to check with some leather working folks to find out the best way to seal the pores without stiffening the chamois. I can hold the untreated chamois up to the light and see hundreds of tiny pores.
I haven't seen NOLARon on here since last Saturday, but when he does come in, I think he had a few ideas on making Panoram bellows. He has been working on his mechanism, too, so we might get some more good ideas there as well.
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