Winter Oars

Sandy and Bob gluing up the first oar

Sandy and Bob gluing up the first oar

We are in the depths of our Canadian winter, a good time to hunker down in our workshops and wait until the next rowing season arrives. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen until May in this neck of the woods. Two of our group are keeping busy building a set of regulation wooden oars for Sea Shadow. Sandy spent a lot of time thinking, researching and drawing up a set of plans. The oars will have hollow looms made up of laminated ash and pine strips. The blades will be made of 3/8″ marine plywood and the handles carved from basswood. After sourcing the lumber and machining it to the various dimensions, including tapers, Sandy and Bob got started yesterday gluing up the first oar.