Zac Kauffman of Sawyer Paddles and Oars explains their newest oar, called the Squaretop V-Lam. Besides being one of the prettiest oars I’ve ever seen it’s also incredibly rugged and rower-friendly. It’s described by Sawyer as, “a solid wood oar from the top of the laminated Douglas Fir handle and shaft to the laminated Western Red Cedar blade. It Incorporates the unduplicated feel and Progressive Flex from a tapered wood shaft and the added strength of Fiberglass/Carbon X-Weave reinforcement. The over-sized square top provides a counter balanced feel without compromising floatation.” The oars retail from $329.99 – $449.99 (each).