Building the Oars

First a plank wide enough to accommodate the oar blade is located, centerlines are marked out, and the general outline shape is cut out. Thomas then starts thinning out the blade section with a plane.

Karla has the stock starting to look like oar blades, using one of Harry's old wood spar planes.

A drawknife helps to shape the shafts.

Greg Chaney brought back this great natural spruce crook for a steering oarlock/dual "thole pin" from his cabin on Shelter Island.

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Contact:  Fritz Funk (fritzf@alaska.net)