This Item was Sold on 3 November
2012 for $60
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Rod Jones became well known in the early 1980s for his beautiful sport boomerangss. These were painted with air brush art and finished with a high gloss coating that made his boomerangs glow like jewels. Prices were high and buyers didn't like to throw them for fear of damaging the beautiful art work and high gloss finish. Rod also made boomerangs for competition. His competition booms included MTAs, Doublers, Fast Catch and Aussie Round booms. The MTA was laminated on a jig with a spherical surface to build in tune as he laminated 6 to 10 thin layers of hardwood to make the blank. This was important because the boomerang behaves like a spherical pendulum in flight. Al Gerhards is the only other boom maker who used a spherical shell to make his boomerangs and Al used his spherical shell to tune, not laminate, his blanks. In the 1990s, Rod quit making boomerangs and he took up fishing as a hobby. It has been almost 20 years since any of his art boomerangs have been sold as commercial products, so they have become valuable collectables.
This pair of art boomerangs from Volker Behrens' collection was made by Rod Jones in 1986. They are a matched set of Doublers that Volker used in competition. The Outside Doubler is considerably larger than the inside Doubler. The writing on the underside of both say " Made by Rod Jones ; Australia 8-86 ; inside doubler or outside doubler ". These boomerangs are in good condition only because the surfaces show stress cracks from use. No breaks or major dings, but the stress cracks make the surfaces feel rough and scaly. These should be strong enough for throwing, but the paint is damaged.