Wooden Rowing Oars
1858, Shaw & Tenney has been handcrafting the finest traditional
solid wooden oars for boats throughout the World. From miniature
oars for children's boats to 21' oars for rowing craft in
Saudi Arabia, we can make any length oar. Our oars are used
in gondolas in a Las Vegas casino, traditional rowing craft
in Norway, and Whitehalls in Germany. We have made sculling
oars for large sailboats and specialty oars for Disneyland.
As the third oldest manufacturer of marine products in the
United States we have the knowledge and experience to assist
you with all you wooden oar needs. We can custom make oars
for virtually any application.
Our traditional rowing oars are described below. We also
offer specialty and sculling
including St. Lawrence Skiff oars, square loom oars, and
others, as well as Adirondack
Guide Boat Oars.
The best all-around oars for most all boats. Very light,
yet its strength to weight ratio makes it dependable
for all but the heaviest pulling boats. Our Eastern Red
spruce oars are made from the finest clear stock available.
If you row for pleasure or exercise, these are the oars
We recommend Ash oars for very heavy boats or extremely
hard usage, such as drift boating, racing, or commercial
applications. While not as heavy as most ash oars that
are commercially available, they are quite a bit heavier
than spruce, and thereby less pleasant to use.
We are glad to assist you in selecting the correct length oars for your
boat. We have an extensive knowledge of most rowing boats and can recommend
both the correct length and blade style for your boat and rowing style.
|Shaw & Tenney Oar
Length Formula for Correctly Fitted Oars
- Inboard length of the loom equals
½ the span between the oarlocks +
- Total length of oar equals 1/7 of
inboard length multiplied by 25
- Leverage Ratio is 7:18
- Distance from the center of leather
to end of grip equals 7/25 of the total
length of the oar
The tapered grip (left) is
standard on all oars of 7-1/2" and longer.
The barrel grip (right) is
standard on 7' and shorter oars. While we can
supply non-standard grips on any oar, it requires
an additional charge.
We also offer a double grip (for two hands) on all
oars over 10' in length.
Well suited for almost all boats, flat blades are
our most popular oars.
flat blade oars are available in lengths from 4'-6" to
21' in 6" increments. The standard flat blade
5-1/2" wide and the blade length
varies in proportion to the oar length.
narrow blade, (bottom) measures
We recommend this blade for oars longer than 8' to
reduce outboard weight. For those who prefer its classic
appearance, this blade style is also available on shorter
Our own design, these
oars provide maximum efficiency in pulling boats.
Extremely functional, the narrow width makes them
very forgiving in rough waters. A distinct complement
to any fine rowing boat, they are available in lengths
of 6-1/2' to 8-1/2'.
Providing both durability
and beauty, inlaid tips are offered on both Shaw & Tenney
Spoons and Wide Blade Spoons. The hardwood protects
the ends of the oars from damage and splitting
from rocks, coral, and other obstacles.
Standard in Cherry (shown), Walnut, or Mahogany. Other woods
are available on request.
A more performance-oriented
blade style for when the rower's preference, or
boat weight or size, requires this blade configuration.
While this oar has the same blade area as our Shaw & Tenney
Spoon oars, its shorter, wider shape brings the
center of effort further outboard, increasing efficiency.
They are produced in 6-1/2' to 10' lengths. Shown in Standard Spruce (top) and with Inlaid Walnut Tip (bottom).
recommended for all fine oars to preserve their
beauty and protect your investment.
Oar leathers are applied to oars to prevent chafing in the locks.
Protect you investment with our custom oar
bag. Made from Weathemax material it is breathable, water resistant, and UV protected. Fully lined with soft Velex material with a Velex divider creating a seperate pocket for each oar. Includes a hand and shoulder carrying strap. Available in 6' to 7' or 7'-6" to 8' lengths and custom lengths by special order.
Tallow is a superior treatment and preservative for oar leathers and any leather intended for marine or outdoor use. It also is the ideal lubricant for oar locks and sockets.
Basic Package: One (1) quarter-pint tin of Oarsman Marine Tallow and One (1) 2 oz. tin of tallow/beeswax topcoat.
Comes with complete instructions.
Used instead of leathers, the D-sleeve and Douglas oarlock combination orients the blade at a 6% inclination to the water for maximum rowing efficiency. Also commonly used with our wide blade spoon oars for traditional rowing shells.
Our oars are supplied fully finished, coated with our specially formulated marine varnish unless otherwise requested.