The camera is constructed from mahogany-stained basswood and assorted hardwoods. The pinhole is drilled in .001 " brass shim stock. The excess brass was removed with 600 grit sandpaper.
The inside of the camera is painted with Darkroom Paint....ultra-flat black. This was a simple camera project that took only a few evenings to complete.
This camera is used with a 4 x 5 Polaroid back which provides instant feedback to check exposure times. Though a new Polaroid back is worth far more than the camera, this unit was purchased very reasonably at a local used camera store. This setup makes this camera a joy to use.
Jim Varnum, November 2001