This Item was Sold on 11 June 2013
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This medium size left handed traditional lap joint boomerang was made out of Queensland Blackbean hardwood. This is the larger model with a 2 piece lap joint. The upper surface has a small kangaroo painted on the elbow and Aboriginal style line art on the blades. The reverse side has the Hawes map logo with 1982 and the words " Made from Queensland Blackbean by Sir Lorin Hawes Australia " neatly printed inside the map. This boomerang is in new condition and it is from the Rusty Harding estate. There is warpage at the elbow that gives the dingle arm extra dihedral, but it is not very noticeable unless you push the lift arm down on a tabletop measure the rise on the dingle arm. It still flies OK and is a rare and beautiful collectible.
Lorin Hawes is one of Australia's most famous boomerang manufacturers. Lorin is an American who emigrated to Australia in the early 1960s. He started a boomerang factory that produced large quantities of wonderful plywood traditional boomerangs. The Wham-O plastic traditional boomerang is based on Lorin's famous M-17 design. Lorin occasionally made special traditional boomerangs out of lapped Australian hardwood boards. The most famous of these lapped boomerangs is the Silky Spinner which was made out of Silky Oak (also called Lacewood in the USA). Lorin also made Spinners out of other Aussie hardwoods such as Blackbean and Hoop Pine. Lorin is also well known for the wonderful book that he authored titled " All About Boomerangs ". Lorin passed away several years ago. Lorin's daughter, Jenny Stone, had a thriving boomerang business with her husband called Stones Throw.