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    Does anyone know where to get a pair of good wooden oars (aside from Shaw&Tenny)? The (Barkley Sound?) company in Canada I think has closed doors.
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    Check Craigslist and other local ads, watch for tag and estate sales. Cutting a pair from spruce planks isn't too hard.

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    storebought oars ?
    like...from a store?
    nex thing ya know, people are gonna start BUYING sails !

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    Van Fancy is still in business, I think.

    http://www.towerwebsites.com/fancyoars-paddles

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    Plastimo make / sell wooden oars. On the good side they distribute 10 different lengths and go upto 11 ft'ers. I assume you wanted 8,9,10 ft? Got a Plastimo dealer near you or chandlery?

    https://www.plastimo.com/en/avirons-brittania.html



    Bought oars will likely be on the robust side, but nothing that can't be pared down if needed or weighted in the handle to counterbalance.

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    http://www.grapeviewpointboatworks.com/order_oars.html

    You can also get oars at the lumberyard. Some assembly required.
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    To be fair to OP, I can see the appeal to buying them, even if you can make them. A boat is lots of (relatively) small parts, any one of which you can screw up and fix (with little consequence aside from time). (obviously, some parts are bigger / have more consequences than others!). Oars seem a bit different: while they aren't a big project, if you screw up towards the end, there may not be much you can do to fix aside from starting over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbp1 View Post
    To be fair to OP, I can see the appeal to buying them, even if you can make them. A boat is lots of (relatively) small parts, any one of which you can screw up and fix (with little consequence aside from time). (obviously, some parts are bigger / have more consequences than others!). Oars seem a bit different: while they aren't a big project, if you screw up towards the end, there may not be much you can do to fix aside from starting over.
    I disagree. If they're made of wood, then they can be fixed although one may choose not to if the repair requires a lot of effort. I made many a dandy screw-up during my pro woodworking career and I was able to fix them all.

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    I need to get/make some cheapo oars. I just can’t bring myself to leave Mary’s fancy Shaw And Tenny oars on the dinghy rack down at East End Beach. It’s hard enough leaving the HumbleBee there. But if I don’t leave some oars down there we can’t ride the bikes down to go sailing.
    And the 7’ Moose Point oars at Hamilton Marine are $63.79 each. I just haven’t been able to walk out the door with a pair.

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    I just ordered a pair of 7'6" spoons from Van Fancy. Even with the high cost of shipping, they're much cheaper than Shaw & Tenney. They'll be here in about 6 weeks. Time will tell if the quality is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    I need to get/make some cheapo oars. I just canít bring myself to leave Maryís fancy Shaw And Tenny oars on the dinghy rack down at East End Beach. Itís hard enough leaving the HumbleBee there. But if I donít leave some oars down there we canít ride the bikes down to go sailing.
    And the 7í Moose Point oars at Hamilton Marine are $63.79 each. I just havenít been able to walk out the door with a pair.
    Dang. I got a couple pairs you could choose fromÖ

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer;[URL="tel:6705170"
    6705170[/URL]]I need to get/make some cheapo oars. I just canít bring myself to leave Maryís fancy Shaw And Tenny oars on the dinghy rack down at East End Beach. Itís hard enough leaving the HumbleBee there. But if I donít leave some oars down there we canít ride the bikes down to go sailing.
    And the 7í Moose Point oars at Hamilton Marine are $63.79 each. I just havenít been able to walk out the door with a pair.
    If you want something to leave on the dinghy rack, how about a pair of Mik Storerís Goat Island Skiff oars? https://storerboats-2pcvbeepenn1.net...AR9FT-2020.pdf

    They are drawn 9 feet long but I think we can figure out how to shorten them, yes? Curved blades are laminated 3mm ply, but when I made his canoe version I bent 6mm ply across the grain with no problem.

    Or, if you want something simpler, these have flat plywood blades, unlike Storerís spooned ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MushCreek View Post
    I just ordered a pair of 7'6" spoons from Van Fancy. Even with the high cost of shipping, they're much cheaper than Shaw & Tenney. They'll be here in about 6 weeks. Time will tell if the quality is there.
    I've heard good things about them. But then, my brother made me a set of oars for my birthday before I got around to ordering from them, so I don't really know.

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    i watched a video where a guy too a pair of cheap thick oars and sculpted them with a flap disc. Interesting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    I need to get/make some cheapo oars. I just can’t bring myself to leave Mary’s fancy Shaw And Tenny oars on the dinghy rack down at East End Beach. It’s hard enough leaving the HumbleBee there. But if I don’t leave some oars down there we can’t ride the bikes down to go sailing.
    And the 7’ Moose Point oars at Hamilton Marine are $63.79 each. I just haven’t been able to walk out the door with a pair.
    Couple of options: a bronze locking device to lock them into the tender. I have one around here some where that you can have for rehoming kit. I can bring it to Blue Hill if you are going to be there. You can also look at the simple horrible oars used for inflatables and the like. Don't know how they compare in price to Wayne's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    I need to get/make some cheapo oars. I just can’t bring myself to leave Mary’s fancy Shaw And Tenny oars on the dinghy rack down at East End Beach. It’s hard enough leaving the HumbleBee there. But if I don’t leave some oars down there we can’t ride the bikes down to go sailing.
    And the 7’ Moose Point oars at Hamilton Marine are $63.79 each. I just haven’t been able to walk out the door with a pair.
    As an alternative, could you fashion a trailer of sorts for the oars? Maybe even a simple clamp-on set of wheels and lash the other end to the bicycle.

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    How el cheapo do you want to be? How far do plan on rowing? Have you considered using curtain rods with plywood blades bolted to the end? I have seen them used in China, and they work. They won't be pretty, but I doubt they will be stolen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpatrick View Post
    As an alternative, could you fashion a trailer of sorts for the oars? Maybe even a simple clamp-on set of wheels and lash the other end to the bicycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Fuller View Post
    Couple of options: a bronze locking device to lock them into the tender. I have one around here some where that you can have for rehoming kit. I can bring it to Blue Hill if you are going to be there. You can also look at the simple horrible oars used for inflatables and the like. Don't know how they compare in price to Wayne's.
    See the link in post #12 ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    But if I don’t leave some oars down there we can’t ride the bikes down to go sailing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    I need to get/make some cheapo oars. I just canít bring myself to leave Maryís fancy Shaw And Tenny oars on the dinghy rack down at East End Beach. .
    My wife's Shaw&Tenneys are on display in our home most of the time. My "$2.44 oars" (plus some inflation in 10 years) can be left anywhere without fear they will walk away

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    I think I am going to make a pair, if anyone wants to post pic of their home made oars please do. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rigadog View Post
    I think I am going to make a pair, kit any wants to post pic of their home made oars please do. Thanks.
    I made these quite a while ago, the skiff has square captive oar locks.
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    The grey ones are just plain old oars. Twine “leathers” because I’m that guy. Painted because I’m THAT guy.

    The short ones are for the duck punt, and are primarily foils, for when the sailing gets serious. They do row her nicely, though.

    The long ones are like those used for curraghs. They work surprisingly well, and are my favorites; especially because they work quite well to pole along in the shallows.

    ETA: lengths from top to bottom: 7’, 6’, and 8’. Apparently, I like even numbers? Hahaha.
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    I just made a couple of pairs of 5'6" ones for kids' rowboats. I cut two square sections out of mediocre clear 2x4s, 8 sided them, rounded them, planed tapered flats on one end, and glued pieces cut out of 1/2" boards for the blades. final rounding was with a piece of 100 grit glued inside a half piece of 2" PVC pipe.
    Not as pretty as Shaw and Tenney, but when the kids break/lose them, no tears.

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    I made these last week in the Traditional Oar making class at WoodenBoat School. 7 1/2', Sitka Spruce, spoon blade. Doug
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    Nice! I may go with the square section because I have a set of those oarlocks.
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    Nice oars! I guess I can just ride the sidecar rig down to the boat launch with the oars in the sidecar. I’ll try that out….

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    Thanks. If you do it the square section can help counterbalance the oars also. Doug

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    These are for my 8 ' dingys, Ive made about 8 pair over the decades.
    WRC center and AYC outer lams,3 lams total

    I use dynel instead of leather,the "button" to keep the rollock on is just built up epoxy
    shaped with a disc sander and power planer ,no hand tools
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    Since it hasn't been brought up, thought I'd mention take-apart oars. I didn't have a good place to stow the full-length oars on my dinghy when sailing, where they weren't in the way or snagging lines. This solved the problem.

    Mine are in 44" sections, 84" assembled. I bought the CF sleeves and installed them on some oars I had.

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    Anyone ever made a pair with a square or trapezoid shaft section for Douglas oarlocks?
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    Maybe sort of 8 side (big 4-small 8) them like the Martinoli sleeves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autonomous View Post
    Maybe sort of 8 side (big 4-small 8) them like the Martinoli sleeves?

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    If that is a Douglas oar lock, any square loom that will turn in the space available will do it. They are not so different from these Windemere style oar locks.
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    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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