Yeah-agreed on the "Patina" and the river hag battle scars. I have some of my Grandfathers smokers that were given to me as my first set of oars. They are likely 40(+) years old and still row fine. Ive refinished them twice since they were given to me almost 20 years ago. Just too short for my current set up.
Agreed-after seeing CB bob's oar snap picture-you can see the De-lamination. Seems like either glass or carbon weave in this area is a no brainer. Hard to say if that was from water/weather seepage BEFORE the break or the break actually caused it. Could have easily been a combination of both I suppose.
SO-I really like the look of your Jatoba/CVG blades. Very Custom. and semi-rounded or oval would add a nice touch to the custom side.
Im thinking along the lines of Modernizing my blades so to speak with some colored fiberglass/carbon twill weave.
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