Wooden Oars

Spruce Oars - Straight Blade (pair)

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Premuim quality sitka spruce timber oars from Canadian company Barkley Sound Oar & Paddle.  These beautiful oars are made to the highest standard in lengths from 5 feet to 10 feet.  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 wooden oars are surprisingly light, with the 8' oars weighing just 1.6 kilograms each.

Straight blade oars have thicker blade edges than Barkley's spoon-blade oars and so are more robust.  They are the best choice for rowing small tenders, dinghys and as auxillary power in outboard skiffs especially in confined or shallow waters.

The oars are supplied without collars.  Plastic, rubber stops and leather oar stops 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 anytime prior to placing your order.

SKU Overall Length Shaft Diameter Blade Length Maximum Blade Width Approx Weight Per Oar
190003 6' 6" 1-3/4" 25" 5-1/4" 1.3kg
190004 7' 1-3/4" 25" 5-1/4" 1.4kg
190005 7' 6" 1-3/4" 25" 5-1/4" 1.5kg
190006 8' 1-3/4" 25" 5-1/4" 1.6kg


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.

1 Review

  • 5
    Spruce oars-straight blade

    Posted by Tim on 30th Nov 2020

    Great oars, so light and strong, rowed many miles with mine over the last few years.