This section is from the book "The Boy Mechanic Vol. 2 1000 Things for Boys to Do", by Popular Mechanics Co.. Also available from Amazon: The Boy Mechanic, Vol2: 1000 Things for Boys to Do.
A device which, in many instances, will take the place of a tripod, can be made of a brass wood screw and can be carried in the pocket as easily as a pencil. The screw should be 3 or 4 in.
long and 1/4in. in diameter. Cut off the head and thread the end about 1/2in. to fit the socket in the camera.
Ill: Substitute for a Camera Tripod That can be Carried in the Pocket Like a Pencil
Drill a 1/8-in. hole through the metal just below the threaded part and insert a short piece of 1/8-in. wire. Slip a washer over the end, down to the wire, and fasten it with solder.
The device can be turned into a tree, post or a stick thrust into the ground, and the camera screwed onto it and adjusted to any angle. - Contributed by O. D. Turner, Seattle, Wash.