OARSMAN ROWING PRODUCTS,
ACCESORIES & SERVICES
Our specialty is adapting tradition-based rowing designs to fit the needs of the individual customer. We focus on assisting the oarsman in selecting the options that best enhance the enjoyment of their time on the water.
GREAT BOATS READY FOR DELIVERY!
Old Wharf Dory
(See Photo on Home Page)
The Old Wharf Dory was designed by Walter Baron
and was built at his shop in Wellfleet, MA. It is a modern version of
the Grand Banks fishing dory, well suited for rowing along shore.
The lines were developed by combining and refining the the lines from
the 16' Lowell Coast Guard Dory and Phil Bolger's Gloucester Gull.
Length over all is 15' 6", the same as the Gull and the Lowell dory.
Beam, overall and on the bottom, is 6" wider than the Gull,
providing much greater initial stability. Depth amidships is right
between the two, providing a more lively sheer than the Lowell.
LOA - 15' 6", Beam - 4' 6" - Weight - approx. 150 Lbs.
Marine plywood bottom, topsides and transom; all framing Black Locust;
bronze hardware. Price includes pair Shaw and Tenney spoonblade
8' spruce oars with leathers.
Old Wharf Dory Co.
We have seen this boat and it is exceptional!
"Wee Pup" Tender
7 1/2' x 3'3" Winfield Thompson Tender "Wee Pup"
(see WoodenBoat # 224, pp. 52-55)
Okoume Marine Plywood, topnotch paint job.
$2,500.00 includes pair of 6' 6" Quallicum
spruce oars, oarlocks and painter.
This is an outstanding little boat!
Place an order!
Plans available from
Walter Wales, P. O. Box 43, Chamberlain, ME 04451
ORDERS BEING ACCEPTED!
Suomen Puuvenepiste Savo 650 D
For "hot-off-the-press" particulars, see the article in the 2013 Issue of
WoodenBoats Small Boats
Bearing some similarities to the renowned Adirondack Guide-Boat &
its cousin the St. Lawrence River Skiff, this unique craft had its origins
in Finland, serving the population of a water-wealthy but road-poor
Designer/Builder Ruud van Veelen has brought this traditional design
into the 21st Century via use of modern construction materials and
techniques. Coupled with his unique Poseidon sliding seat system,
this boat has been winning races and turning heads in
Scandanavian recreational and racing rowing circles.
Walter Baron of the Old Wharf Dory company has completed work on
a prototype available for your viewing at the Maine
Boats, Homes and Harbors Show in Rockland Maine
August 9th, 10th & 11th 2013
This fine craft is available on a build-to-order basis.
Cost complete with oars and Poseidon Sliding Seat
We are also offering the Savo 650 S (single) @ $7,950.00
and the Savo 575 S (single) for $6,950.00
and for more photos and updates to Facebook:
All questions and inquiries, contact Rodger Swanson @
New Rowing Products
Quality rowing oars, as a stock item, are close to an extinct species.
A notable exception are Quallicum Oars from
Barkley Sound Oar and Paddle Company, British Columbia, Canada
We are pleased to be offering their:
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6' 6" Flat Blade Spruce Oar* @ $135.00/pair + Shipping
These are an excellent pick for dinghys, prams and small work
*(We recommend our Oarsman Basic Oar Leather Kit)
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7' 6" Spoon Blade Spruce Oar** @ $235.00/pair + Shipping
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8' Spoon Blade Spruce Oar** @ $245.00/pair + Shipping
These are a fitting complement for fixed-seat traditional rowing
designs in the 15 to l8-foot category. Please check with
us before ordering so that the proper length can be selected.
**(We recommend installing our Oarsman Merrimac
or Blackburn long leathers kits to both protect the
oar looms and improve rowing performance.
Leather panels can be pre-cut and pre-punched for the Qaullicum oars
if you provide us with span span [distance between oarlocks] at the
rowing station at which the oars will be used.)
We will custom leather your oars if you'd like.
Charge for this is $50.00 (includes cost of materials)
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Douglas Oarlocks for fixed-pitch rowing
@ $58.00/pair plus shipping
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Martinoli Sleeves for adapting round shaft to the Douglas Oarlocks
@ $58.00/pair plus shipping
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Top-mount Bronze 1/2" Sockets
@ $15.00/pair plus shipping
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Angle-mount Bronze 1/2" Sockets
@ $18.50/pair plus shipping
AUTHENTIC ST. LAWRENCE RIVER SKIFF HARDWARE*
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Brass or Bronze "Lily Pad" Rowlocks
@$225.00/pair plus shipping; and
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Bronze or Brass "Plain" SLRS Rowlocks
@$175.00/pair plus shipping
*These are specialty items. Please call us before ordering so we can be
sure you are getting exactly what you want.
As one of my colleagues pointed out, "Great! You've got hardware!
What about a a boat and oars?"
AUTHENTIC ST. LAWRENCE RIVER SKIFF DESIGN
Clint Chase (Clint Chase Boatbuilder, LLC)
offers molds for an excellent 15' St. Lawrence Skiff built by
L. E. Fry @ Clayton, NY, about 1910
Clint's located at 25 Deblois Street, Portland, ME 04103
AUTHENTIC ST. LAWRENCE RIVER SKIFF OARS
Steve Holt @ Shaw & Tenney, Inc.
20 Water Street, Orono, ME 04473
takes orders for outstanding St. Lawrence River Skiff oars
"Yestertech" at its best, Robert E. White Instruments' Nantucket Sounder
sounding lead is a must-have for the self-sufficient oarsman.
3# silicon bronze; hexagonal cross section to prevent rolling;
star-shaped cavity for charging with marine tallow to bring up
bottom material sample.
Comes with 60' braided line knotted at one-fathom intervals for depth
measurement. Canvas bag with drawstring for storage. Complimentary 4 oz. tin of Oarsman Marine Ship's Tallow.
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$115.00 each plus shipping
"WINNER'S CIRCLE" PRODUCTS
Blackburn Oar Leather Kit
Pete Culler-style "Old School Long Oar Leathers"
An ideal choice for oars rowed off standard oarlocks
and oars rowed off thole pins
Top grain vegetable tanned* 5 - 6 oz. beef hide
*Vegetable or oak-tanned leather was the original material
preferred for leathering oars. Marine tallow was a "given" as
the medium for seasoning and maintaining the leathers
The combination was superior then and it's superior now!
Kit includes two 14" leathers, thread, needles, thonging
punch,complete instructions, straps for buttons plus
Oarsman Marine Tallow & Topcoat
Basic Packet @ no extra charge
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$65.00 + $5.95 Shipping & Handling = 70.95*
*Yes, we know, this kit "costs more" than other oar leather kits--that's
because you're getting more for your money. Properly installed
and seasoned vegetable-tanned leather has about double the life span
of chrome tanned leather and latigo.
Rather than "wearing" with usage (as is the case for chrome tanned
and latigo-type leather), oak and vegetable-tanned leather "burnishes"
with use. This reduces friction between the leather and the oarlock.
Lubricate the oarlock sockets with tallow, and you will experience a
smoother sustained stroke pace with less effort--plus you will triple the
life of your expensive bronze hardware. For the serious oarsman.
Merrimac Oar Leather Kit
Same contents as Premium Kit except includes top grain chrome
tanned 6 - 7 oz. beef hide. Perfectly adequate, just lacks the
"extra edge" the vegetable tanning process provides.
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$55.00 + $5.95 Shipping & Handling = $60.95
Uitility Leather Kits
These kits consist of two panels of 6 1/2" x 7" chrome tanned leather;
two harness needles; waxed lacing; two straps for buttons, a
clamp for setting the buttons and instructions.
Intended for the type of short, sturdy oars common to dinghys, tenders
& harbor work skiffs.
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$29.95 + $5.95 Shipping & Handling = $35.60
FULL RANGE OF MARINE LEATHER
Thanks to the F. H. Ebinger Company of Ipswich, Massachusetts,
we are now able to provide a full range of marine leather. Whether your
project is large of small, contact us with a description of what you need.
Guaranteed top quality at a reasonable price.
HAND-FORGED RIGGER'S KNIVES
We are pleased to be offering Med Chandler's hand-forged rigger's
knives. These have to be seen (and used) to be fully appreciated.
Our personal criteria for a true rigger's knife matches those stated by
Hervey Garrett Smith in The Arts of the Sailor.
These knives definitely measure up!
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$95.00* includes Shipping and sheath.
If interested , please call or e-mail me so I can provide a full
a full description and photos. These might be just the ticket for you.
I'll help you get your own but you definitely can't have mine!
OARSMAN MARINE TALLOW PRODUCTS
As the only US producer of marine tallow, we have a unique array
of products for the tradition-oriented oarsperson. These include:
- Oarsman Marine Tallow - Traditional oar leather and oar socket
lubricant. See Home for Basic Packet description and pricing.
- Other sizes/container configurations available upon request.
- Oarsman Kitchen Tallow - Superb for seasoning and maintaining
cast iron cookware
Also used by blacksmiths for annealing
Available in 4 oz. tins and 1/2 lb. containers.
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4 oz. tin* $10.00 plus $2.50 Shipping and Handling
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Half-pint "profile" jar* $15.00 plus $3.50 Shipping and Handling
*Includes instructions for seasoning & maintaining cast iron.
NOTE: Can be used to maintain cast iron woodstoves.
- Oarsman Bench Tallow - Custom tallow/beeswax formulation
for the boatbuilder and woodworker
A superior lubricant for fasteners
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$15.00 for 1/2 pint plus $5.95 Shipping and Handling = $20.95
- Oarman's Ship's Tallow - Especially formulated to aid in the
maintenance of larger wooden vessels for seasoning and
lubricating wooden masts, spars, blocks, turnbuckles and gaff
Ideal for charging Sounding Leads
Packaged in 4 oz. tins & 2 # Containers
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$10.00 for 4 oz. tin + $2.50 Shipping = $12.50
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$15.00 for 8 oz. tin + $3.50 Shipping = $18.50
Price for 2# containers based on quantity and shipping charges
Tins in Stock
2 # (& larger) sizes available on special order.
Please call or e-mail us.
Currently, Oarsman's Ship's Tallow is being used in the refit
and upkeep of five schooners in the 65 to 85' range.
We row for pleasure, right?
So, why suffer from sore, aching muscles, cracked skin and
- Oarsman's Friend Hand Salve - Tallow-based skin conditioner
developed for anyone doing a lot of literal "hands-on" activity.
Available in 2 oz. tin: Aloe (A); Sweet Orange (SO;
Lavender (L); Sage (S); Green Tea (GT)
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$6.00 each + $1.50 Shipping = $7.50
Or, order two (2) or more @ $5.00 each!
NEW: For Outdoor Leather Items, Especially Hiking
Boots and Shoes
Oarsman Bison Tallow
Very dense, complex tallow superb for weatherproofing leather.
Available in 4 oz. tin with instructions.
TEM # 25 $15.00 each + $3.50 Shipping = $18.50
Payment: We accept VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American
Express and most Bank Cards
for orders of $25.00 or more
Checks and Money Orders also welcome.
Our Location: Windsor, Connecticut
Hours: Give us a call between 8:00AM and 8:00PM
Monday through Saturday