With regular freezing temperatures as we entered late fall, I realized if I wanted to take the boat out for a float test before the lakes froze over, I would need some propulsion. So I consulted the stock pile, and found that I had the wood on hand to make a pair of ten foot narrow bladed oars. They are a bit heavier in Douglas fir than clear spruce, and I wanted to leave them thick, so they could be used to pole in the shallows, and take a bit of a beating. for sailing, I will likely build very fine spruce oars, that will break down for easy storage.
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