Ever since dSLRs with video-recording functions were introduced two years ago, many third-party manufacturers have developed stabilizing rigs for filmmakers who want to shoot movies with such cameras. However, most of these contraptions are very expensive and probably out of reach for the average consumer.
Swedish shutterbug Jonathan Clifford Berqvist wanted to shoot videos with his Canon EOS 7D, but like most users, found the specialized rigs too pricey. Lucky for him, his dad is well-versed with woodwork. After looking at some of the stabilizing devices, Berqvist's father took a large tree branch and fashioned a shoulder rig out of it.
What's more amazing is that one of the rig's handles is hooked up to the lens via some simple components that Berqvist gathered from a DIY store, which he can turn to focus the lens.
The whole contraption looks very sturdy. If I had a workshop like Berqvist, I'd probably try making one, too.