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    Default Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    Apologies if this has been discussed on another thread, but if it was, I couldn't find it.

    It appears that Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle here on Vancouver Island, the source for all the good Stika spruce oars I have used on previous boats, have closed for business, permanently. Their website returns an error message. I can find no other information about when and why this has happened. Another business victim of the pandemic, perhaps?

    Can anyone shed some light on this?
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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    A search shows this ... https://julialott.wordpress.com/contact-us/

    Makes me wonder if they accidentally let their URL lapse. It happens.
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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    I seem to recall the owner retired.
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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    A search shows this ... https://julialott.wordpress.com/contact-us/

    Makes me wonder if they accidentally let their URL lapse. It happens.
    I didn't find that during my search. No date on the site - I wonder how old or new it is?



    Quote Originally Posted by Autonomous View Post
    I seem to recall the owner retired.
    Wouldn't surprise me - they have been in business since 1984.


    I notice there is no current ad in the magazine and there always used to be
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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    There’s an email and a phone number. Anyone tried them before hanging crepe?

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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    According to Google Maps, they are permanently closed. Pity.

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ba...4d-124.4753664

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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    the sign out front also says 'business for sale'

    maybe this shop is a good alternative ?:

    http://www.towerwebsites.com/websites/index.php?username=fancyoars-paddles&page=3


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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    Van Fancy oars are good stuff, for sure. And less expensive than some without seeming to sacrifice quality.

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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    Interesting to see the google map images. We must have driven out past there during our Barkley Sound trips.
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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    + 1 for Van Fancy. Adequate quality and very fair prices.

    A few years back, I was making some very small skiffs for grandchildren and they made me some properly sized oars for them. Did a nice job.
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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    Interesting to see the google map images. We must have driven out past there during our Barkley Sound trips.
    We did.

    I bought my first pair of oars directly from the shop years earlier while on a trip up-Island for another reason. It was a treat to see all that Sitka Spruce stock waiting to be turned into oars and paddles.
    Alex

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    Default Re: Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle defunct?

    Quote Originally Posted by coelcanth View Post
    the sign out front also says 'business for sale'

    maybe this shop is a good alternative ?:

    http://www.towerwebsites.com/websites/index.php?username=fancyoars-paddles&page=3

    Didn't know about them. A good resource, thanks.
    Alex

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