As you say, Tim Coleman (AP explains Tripods, AP 28 May 2011), "Gone are the days of wooden tripod legs...". What a shame. Apart from Berlebach (Germany), Ries (USA), Kowa, Leica Geosystems, Northwest Instruments, NEDO, Graflex, Takahashi and Oberwerk, no-one makes them any more. 2 out of 10, Tim. Must do better!