Bellows are the most overlooked
part on a Deardorff Camera.
I make or have bellows made that
are exact duplicates of the original factory bellows. They are constructed
of three layers. The inner fabric is a proprietary
fabric that was jointly developed
by myself and a fabric coater. It is not an off the shelf item. It was
chosen to withstand heat and cold and ease of cleaning.
The ribs are standard railroad
board. This is a material similar to a file folder except it has a bit
of resin in it to make it stiffer than cardboard. The outer fabric is again
a proprietary material. It is a either Nylon or Rayon fabric that
is triple coated to resist pinholing. The folds are either a cut corner
or an English fold.
Special bellows, wide angle or
extra length are available.
As of 1998 I can supply Leather
bellows at additional cost.
My bellows are not inexpensive.
There is a lot of time and energy used in the creation of these fine bellows.
They are a true work or art.
My standard warranty on bellows
is 5 Years prorated from date of delivery.
Some size bellows carry a 10 year
Special bellows carry a 3 year
As usual, care of the bellows is
important. My bellows can be cleaned with a damp sponge and Windex. After
it is dry, spray the outer bellows with Spray Lemon Pledge furniture polish.
Let it dry a while and wipe off excess. Support the inner surface with
your other hand while you wipe off the Pledge.
The inner liner can be wiped down
with a damp sponge. Do not Pledge the inside.