Preview: Elegant Details on Wooden Boats – Oarlock Pads, by Maynard Bray

April 4, 2019

Maynard Bray

Wooden pads that hold the metal sockets for oarlocks lie in plain view along any rowboat's rail. Because they're so visible, they're worth fussing with so they'll not only do their job but look good as well. Below are some examples from Mystic Seaport's watercraft collection.

The photos that follow were scanned by Penobscot Marine Museum from the collection of black-and-white negatives I donated back in 2013; they have kindly been made available for this use. You can click the images for a larger view with my detailed comments.

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