Re: Wooden Hatchet-Blade Oars
They are designed for rowing shells, as you know. Those oarlocks are very low to the water so the blade angle to the loom on another kind of boat would have to be altered quite a bit especially if the oars are short. I doubt there would be much advantage to rowing a non-competition boat with them (and they might be a vulnerable shape in wood) but it certainly would be a woodworking challenge. Show pics if you do it!
"Was the crew well? Was I not? I had profited in many ways by the voyage. I had even gained flesh, and actually weighed a pound more than when I sailed from Boston." - Joshua Slocum