This is a excellent topic one which I have pondered often over the years. To keep with the OP's question:
My question isn't about the build, but about the wood.
I found it helpful in my research to ask the question, how did a manufacturer choose the wood product for their tripods in the first place?
I ultimately came up with three reasons: Cost, Durability (application use) and Availability (choose two). Obviously godelescher is not planning to mass produce his tripod but still I think this may be helpful to decide what species to use. Cost and availability go somewhat hand in hand so what about durability? It makes sense from an engineering perspective that a straighter grained wood should dampen vibrations more efficiently than a short grained or knarly species. My focus of research was on the Japanese market here in a nutshell is what I found.
Our classic Japanese makers mostly chose Luan because of availability (their own domestic lumber was in short supply after wwII) however there are over 190 tree species that are labeled as Luan...... A tropical hardwood belonging to the Shorea family of trees, there are many grades and classes of Luan. Durability is classed as a 1 to 3 (high to moderate) with high density....These trees are classified as evergreens and can grow up to 195'. They are famous for their hardwood properties. There are 4 main classifications of luan based on their properties of color hardness and density. They are:
Dark red meranti: Class 3...Comes from the heartwood, one of the heaviest types of meranti
Red Meranti: Class 3....Not as heavy as dark red but heavier than white or yellow.
White Meranti: Class 3... Also from the heartwood it tends to darken to a golden yellow color, moderately heavy.
Yellow Meranti: Class 3.... similar to white also a heartwood that darkens to a yellow brown, moderately heavy.
Here in North American I would look for a longer grained wood classified as a hardwood with high density, moderate to high strength and some elastic properties. Think about a wood that would be good to make a long bow with.
Ash and Birch are high on the list. Yew is a wood often overlooked. One wood here in the midwest that is overlooked with these properties is Osage Orange.
Edited by PawPaw, 15 March 2021 - 10:42 AM.