Heck, they are expensive arent they!?! Just did a quick look on the internet.
What about using some 2x2" wood and some bord to make a tripod? Have a triangle bord as a base then have three bits of wood coming up at an angle to meet at the top. Kinda like a tent. Strengthen it with some wood between the legs and, bobs your uncle, a tripod! Might take some work and practise with a saw at cutting odd angles but it might work!
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