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Cultural History | Oral History | Speech and Rhetorical Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies


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.

This image shows the blanks from which the oars are made. The partners use Sitka spruce or old growth Douglas fir timbers 2.5 inches thick by 9 or 10 inches wide and 14 feet long. Paul Hanneman cuts two oars, paddled at each end, out of each plank. He thins the wood down on the paddle part with a bandsaw so Terry Learned doesn’t have to grind quite as much with the oar lathe. Here Learned marks the center of the shaft so that he can accurately place the material into the tailstock and the headstock. This ensures the blanks are exactly centered on these two parts of the machine so the oars will not be wobbly or off-center.

Related Resource

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.


Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City is a collaborative project involving the Linfield College Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, the Jereld R. Nicholson Library, the Linfield Center for the Northwest, the Pacific City Arts Association, and the Pacific City Dorymen’s Association. The collaborators and project partners thank Dave Larkins of Pacific City, who has served as the Dorymen’s Association liaison for the project, their Linfield colleagues who have provided assistance, and the individuals who graciously shared their stories and memorabilia for inclusion in this historical collection.

Support for the project has been provided in part by the following: two grants from the Keck Community Engaged Research to Classroom Program from the Linfield Center for the Northwest, five Linfield College Summer Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grants, an Arts Build Communities Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission, grants from the Yamhill County Cultural Coalition and the Tillamook County Cultural Coalition, a Cultural Development Grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, and generous gifts from Nancy Whelan and an anonymous individual donor. Rhianna Bennett, Mary Beth Jones, Gabrielle Leif, and Alicia Schnell have assisted with preparation of materials for the archives.


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Marshall, Brenda DeVore

Project Collaborator(s)

Gupton, Janet
Marshall, Tyrone
Miller, Jackson B.
Spring, Kathleen
Clark, Casee
Davis, Cassidy
Dossett, Daphne
Forrer, Chris
Layton, Jennifer
Olson, Caitlyn
Raso, Stephanie
Snyder, Andrea
Weber, Whitney