This beautiful left handed lap joint boomerang was made out of Black Walnut hardwood boards that overlap at the elbow and are reinforced with 6 small dowel rods that are pressed into small drilled holes in the elbow. The angle between the blades is 90 degrees. This Concept 90 is the first one ever made made (#1)! The underside of the dingle arm has " handcrafted by Rusty Harding ; Vero Beach, Florida, USA ; January 26, 1979 ; #1 Black Cherry ; R H O Concept 90 " neatly written in black ink. The species of wood mentioned is in error. This boomerang is definitely made out of Walnut, not Cherry. This boomerang is in very good condition. There are no dings or cracks or other major damage, but the finish is worn and there are very light scratches in the gloss coating from years of use and making contact with other booms in Rusty's boom bag. It is a very nice flyer with a flight range of 20-25 metres. A wonderful and very rare collectable.
Rusty Harding is one of America's best known boomerang manufacturers. I first met Rusty in 1979 when Rusty and I lived in Florida only 30 miles apart. Rusty was already an experienced boomerang thrower and manufacturer. I had been throwing longer than Rusty, but Rusty put a lot more effort into making premium boomerang products. The quality products that I made and sold in the 1980s and 1990s was highly influenced by my association with Rusty. Rusty was left handed and his lefty booms were exceptional. He made a large number of sporting and competition boomerang models. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Rusty made boomerangs from his home in Vero Beach, Florida. In the early 1980s, Rusty moved to Lebanon, Tennessee where he continued to make boomerangs until the late 1990s. Rusty's old classics, especially those from Vero Beach, have become valuable collectables. The boomerangs that have the highest collectable value are the Concept models that were made out of lapped hardwood boards and with angles of 70 or 90 degrees. These were sometimes weighted. His Hurricane Hook and Contender [omega] designs are the most popular sporting models. Rusty died in November 2010 after a lengthy battle with coronary disease, so his models continue to grow in demand.