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The Turning Oars collection features a series of photographs depicting the process of creating oars for Cape Kiwanda Wood Products of Pacific City by partners Paul Hanneman and Terry Learned. To look at the process chronologically, view the images in numerical order (Turning Oars 001 — Turning Oars 072). Terry Learned provided the description for this image.
The tailstock and the full oar blank are visible in this photo. The machine was designed so that Terry Learned can sand the shaft of the oar “right up onto the tailstock.” Learned thinks the oar blank “looks funny as you look down it." It is at this stage in the process that he “cranks the machine backwards while it’s spinning, taking the extra [wood] off the sharp edges” of the blank. Due to this technique, the machine doesn’t rip and tear the blank. Learned says that one time the machine ripped, or split, the oar. “Boy, I tell you what, this belt screamed and all kinds of stuff happened." Learned worked out this technique to avoid a repeat of that experience.
For a related exhibit panel from the Launching through the Surf Traveling Exhibit, refer to Launching through the Surf Traveling Exhibit Panel 11: Turning Oars for a Dory.
Marshall, Tyrone, "Turning Oars 036" (2012). All Photographs & Images. Image. Submission 100.
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Marshall, Brenda DeVore
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