I'm looking for wood oars and am seriously considering either Barkley Sound or Gull. There's an oar thread on the WoodenBoat forum, and here's a quote:
"I've rowed with both Shaw and Tenney, as well as the Barkley Sound. S&T are really nice, but no way could I spend that amount of cash on oars. The Barkley Sound are solid, well balanced, at an affordable price. You do get what you pay for in this case. Don't touch the Caviness oars unless you need to club an attacking animal."