Bellows Maker

Build or repair camera bellows, using tools and gluing equipment.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bellows Makers do?

Builds or repairs camera bellows, using handtools, power tools, and gluing equipment: Selects cardboard cone bellow form according to size of bellows. Cuts paper pattern of cone. Cuts lining and cover materials for bellows, according to pattern, using scissors or electric knife. Stretches lining around cone and glues overlapping edges to cone. Cuts cardboard strips and glues strips to lining. Glues cover over ribbed lining and attaches front and rear metal frames, using glue and clamps. Trims excess material from assembly, using scissors and removes dried glue, using solvent and cloth. Compresses assembly over special frame to pleat material and form completed bellows.

Should I be a Bellows Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • How to become a Bellows Maker

    Bellows Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Bellows Maker-related education!
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