Group of AWB film holders on the left, 4x10 AWB film
holders to fit a 4x10 Canham
camera and 4x10 Wisner camera, on the right.
Wisner on left | AWB on right
This photo shows the difference between a Wisner 4x10
mahogany film holder,
and an AWB 4x10 cherrywood film holder made to fit a Wisner 4x10 camera!
Large Format Filmholders
AWB large format filmholders are made from black walnut, cherrywood,
maple, sometimes Central American mahogany, and sometimes African
Paduk. The wood is either lacquered, shellaced, or oil & waxed.
Staining is a preference by the consumer on a request base only. The
septem material is a: .040" black anodized aluminum plate, or .060"or
.080" phenolic plastic plate. The handles are made from walnut with
maple, cherrywood with Wenge, or Ebony with Paduk, and with grooves
for removal. And has a routed notch on one handle, and two routed notches
on the other handle. All holders have 2 inside light traps on each
side , as a preventative measure against possible light leaks. The
rib-lock plates are removable with 4 small screws, this is for maintance
purposes. The dark slides are made out of phenolic plastic. The reason
why these have to be precision made is because we maintain tight tolerances
of .003" (3 thousandths of and inch), or better. Everything has to be
tight; but, wood still fluctuates thru moisture and heat expansion,
so, the darkslides have to be loose enough to slide back and forth.
Making these filmholders takes a considerable amount of time to produce. It requires about 150 set-ups to produce 1 filmholder. And each holder's parts are custom machined by hand. Purchasing and picking out lumber for these holders can often be tidious and frustrating. After selecting the lumber and bringing it to the shop, cutting it is another nightmare. Sometimes, just when you thought that your lumber is straight-grained when you picked it out, it bows and bends on you, and when that happens, it's of no use. A wasted piece of material and money. Each piece of wood has to be straight and straight-grained (quarter-sawn). Not always does a piece of wood straighten out when clamped in the opposite direction for correction and stay put. Weather and the amount of moisture in the wood determines what it will do after it is cut.
For additional infomation regarding each filmholder's description, size, and weight, send us an email, snail mail, or give us a call. Thanks again for visiting our web site.
Various Size Filmholders and 2006 Pricing of each, Include The Following:
||"T" DISTANCE (no film)
|4 X 10 AWB
|4 X 10 Wisner
|6.5 X 8.5
|8 X 10
|5 X 12
|10 X 12
|7 X 11
|7 X 17
|8 X 16
|8 X 20
|11 X 14
|12 X 20
|14 X 17 International
|16 X 20 AWB
|16 X 20 Wisner
|18 X 22
|20 X 24 AWB
|20 X 24 Ebony
|20 X 24 Wisner
Custom sizes: Holders made to your specs for a custom camera,
to be made or already made, shall be calculated a week after time of correspondence,
either by email or by phone.
This picture is of a custom 20x24, and made for Ilyong Parks, all natural
cherrywood, film holder
with wenge and maple handles. In the foreground, an 8x10 all natural Padouk wood film holder.
16 x 20 Custom Padouk & Black Anodized Aluminum Clamshell Filmholder, made by AWB Enterprises for Jason Myrold's own home built 16x20 padouk & stainless steel camera.
16x20 clamshell opened to show detail on red locking screws and thumb/index tabs for opening up frame to load film. To load film, just place film in center of holder on top of septum, then close the frame with darkslide already installed in frame, lock frame with locking screws, and you are ready to take your picture. The only time you have to remove the darkslide from the holder is when you take the picture! You never have to remove the darkslide in order to load the film.
Front side of an 18"x22" plate holder made originally for Nate Gibbons,
used in the making
of Tin-type photography.
Back side of 18"x22" plate holder
Exploded view of 18"x22" plate holder. Which consists of frame, darkslide,
and spring-loaded pressure plate back.All aluminum was hard anodized black for acid
protection. This holder also carries a double spring light trap for the removal of the darkslide.
11x14 Cherrywood Glass/Copper-Plate Holder
This detailed picture shows the spring plate tensioner on the upper
left side, and the black spring hold-down bar with screw head for
gripping with a finger to slide bar back out of the way for insert
or removal of the positive plate.
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