Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my dinghy cruising blog about my John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. Built over three years, Arwen was launched in August 2007. She is a standing lug yawl 14' 6" in length. This blog records our dinghy cruising voyages together around the coastal waters of SW England.
Arwen has an associated YouTube channel so visit to find our most recent cruises and click subscribe.
On this blog you will find posts about dinghy cruising locations, accounts of our voyages, maintenance tips and 'How to's' ranging from rigging standing lug sails and building galley boxes to using 'anchor buddies' and creating 'pilotage notes'. I hope you find something that inspires you to get out on the water in your boat. Drop us a comment and happy sailing.
Steve and Arwen

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

making wooden oars for a dinghy 4

From this................ this.................

The smell of fresh Douglas Fir shavings - those tight whorls. The swish of a finely tuned spoke shave. Finely tuned fingers and eyes searching out ridges to shave down.

Pretty?......Er nope!
Symmetrical?.......You're hav'in a laugh aren't you.
Workmanlike? Absolutely!

One oar rough cut and almost rounded - need sanding; the counterweight block end needs smoothing. The blade needs shaping. The transitions from square to round loom and from loom to blade need transitioning.

Still lots to do and this is only the first one!

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