Lightweight Spoon Oars
I have used a pair of John DeLapp's lightweight spoon oars for many, many hours of rowing and have found them both durable and a delight to use. People holding these oars for the first time are amazed by their light weight. Each of my 7-foot oars weighs about 2.4 pounds.
Because these are such great oars I asked for, and received, John's permission to post his article describing these oars on the Puget Sound TSCA website. This article is from the Winter 1990 (Volume 12, Number 1) issue of The Ash Breeze. Also, John has informed me that he still has the original drawings for these oars, and that he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. The photos show both close ups of these oars and me rowing with them. Click the images below for enlarged views.
May you enjoy using these oars as much as I have,