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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.
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.
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 005" (2012). All Photographs & Images. Image. Submission 131.
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Marshall, Brenda DeVore
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