Translators note: the pages that are linked from this page are in Japanese. There is much information but on the sub-pages the most important information is in fact the photographs. When I consider that the photos are a must see I have added [Editors choice]. kiwi

The short history of the birth of the Ve-scull - research on the traditional oar

One day I suddenly thought about the traditional sculling oar!

The relationship between my interest for the sculling oar and my amateur built boat is unknown. I have the feeling that it seems to be related to making something by oneself, one thing lead to another...

The traditional sculling oar is the companion of the oar and the paddle, but the conception and operating principle differ completely. It was born oriental, it is a propulsion unit which has a mysterious atmosphere about it. Now, lets find out whether it is as mysterious as it appears to be...

Data page: pictures from museums and mesurements

Mr. Tokujiroh's photo report

The Chiba prefectural Awa museum [Editors choice]

See boats using it still - The Koto Ku water park (the living sculling oar museum) [Editors choice]

First of all, in the beginning, we visited the museums where we observed the real thing.

Oars at Tokyo Ota Ku native museum - first data collection

The human powered propulsion devices of an active work ship used for shellfish collection and seaweed harvesting between the Ota Ward Tamagawa river mouth and the coast of Haneda.
In the image to the left the sculling oar, the "Piercing work paddle". Between them the paddle "for the road".
The sculling oar is rather long in comparison with the size of the work barge.

Advanced part of oar

Oar arm, connecting part of oar

The seating part, this one is broken

Sculling oar exact size measurements. Ota Ku native museum document. © Copyright - Ota Ku native museum (permission to reproduce here accorded)

Ota Ku native museum document. © Copyright - Ota Ku native museum (permission to reproduce here accorded)

© Copyright 2006 - Doi Atsushi. Translation © Copyright 2006 - Tony Grant. The Ve-scull and I-scull are Patent Pending world wide.

Translators notes

This translation is the work of Google Japanese to English beta version and Tony Grant with the invaluable help of the original author Doi Atsushi assisted by Koji Matano. The original version of these pages can be found at Koji Matano works as Timberline Small Craft, he has also translated "Building the Herreshoff Dinghy" into Japanese. Once again thanks to Douglas Brooks for introducing me to the Japanese boat building scene.

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