Wooden Oars

Spruce Oars - Spoon Blade (pair)

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Premium quality sitka spruce wood oars from Canadian company Barkley Sound Oar & Paddle.  These beautiful spoon blade oars are made to the highest standard in lengths from 6 feet to 9 feet in 6 inch increments.  The oars are finished with two thick coats of a high-quality spar varnish.

Sitka spruce is a timber well-known for its high strength to weight ratio. These oars are surprisingly light, with the 8' oars weighing less than 1.3 kilograms each. The 9-foot & 9-foot-six oars are stiffened with ash laminated to the spruce shaft. This results in an oval shaft profile.

Spoon blade oars are the best choice for rowing boats such as whitehalls, wherrys and skiffs, designed primarily as rowing boats. The curve of the blade and thinner edges make the blade more efficient but also more delicate than the straight blade oars. For strength these timber curved-blade oars feature an epoxy tip reinforced with glass strand. 

The oars are supplied without collars.  Oar leathers, rubber stops and plastic oar collars to suit these oars can be purchased separately.

Note that the shipping of oars to some locations can pose challenges and, depending on your loaction, additional costs may apply. We will contact you to discuss further if necessary once your order is received.  Or you can contact us prior to placing your order to discuss.

SKU Overall Length Shaft Diameter Shaft Contruction Blade Length Maximum Blade Width Approx Weight Per Oar
190102 7' 1-3/4" Round, Laminated Spruce 24" 5-1/2" 1.35kg
190103 7' 6" 1-3/4" Round, Laminated Spruce 24" 5-1/2" TBC
190104 8' 1-3/4" Round, Laminated Spruce 24" 5-1/2" TBC


Choosing an Oar Length

The formula for choosing the correct oar length is to take half the boat's beam at the rowlocks (in feet) and times by 25/7. If the boat is over 10' in length then round up to the next 6" size.  If the boat is less than 10' then round down.
Calculating Rowing Oar Length

For example, take a 12' wherry with a 4' beam: Halve 4' to get 2 feet, times this by 25/7 to give 7.14.  The wherry is over 12' in length so take the next size up at 7'6".

Other Considerations:

  • Personal preference - some prefer to row with their hands overlapped, add 6 inches
  • Stowage - if the oars are used for auxilary propulsion only and must be stowed in a restricted place you may reduce the length by 6 inches. Reducing by more may compromise comfort and efficency excessively.

2 Reviews

  • 5
    Timber oars

    Posted by Mark Butler on 28th Mar 2022

    Suites my Huon Pine dinghy perfectly

  • 4

    Posted by Unknown on 6th Aug 2016

    expensive but you have to pay for quality