Creating beautiful, balanced oars that turn minimum effort into maximum power.
- Brad Dimock—July 8–14
Materials: Cost will be determined by student’s choice of design.
Coherent instructions for oarmaking are scarce or out of print, hard to pick up on your own, but will be generously shared in this course. After a week in a pile of shavings, you will leave with confidence and a new knowledge about oars and rowing, along with your very own set of beautiful oars.
Brad Dimock brings years of experience as a boatbuilder and oar maker, and has designed this exciting course to teach the theory and dynamics of proper oars and guide students through the fundamentals steps of making and finishing their very own pair. You’ll mill blanks, choose a pattern, taper, round the looms, shape the blades, and tune and balance the oar itself. Each individual will have the opportunity to choose the oars they want to create. Everyone will learn the intricate methods and knowledge required to craft a lightweight, strong, and balanced oar, making rowing a great pleasure. In addition, you’ll learn the art of leathering oars, and for those interested in rough water rowing, how to gracefully armor the tips without sacrificing weight or bulk. Come Friday, students can try their new oars out on a number of the small rowing and pulling craft in WoodenBoat School’s fleet.