Herb Smith's Paxolin "Tigarang"

Item AS24 

This Item was Sold on 29 May 2006 for $167

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Herb Smith was one of England's greatest boomerang makers. Herb started making Birch plywood hooks and traditional boomerangs in the 1960s and was one of the first suppliers of boomerangs to the Boomerang Man in the early 1970s. Before Al Gerhards started making his S/L hooks, Herb Smith was the only commercial supplier of long distance boomerangs. One of the first boomerangs I ever purchased was a large weighted Sussex Hook with a range of 80+ metres. I became an instant fan. Herb was an early Long Distance World Record holder with a carefully documented throw of 108 yards on 17 June 1972 using a large weighted traditional model called the "Gem". In the 1980s, Herb introduced the world to Paxolin material, a dense and hard composite material that significantly extended the range of his plywood models. Herb continued to make plywood models as Sports boomerangs, even after the introduction of the Paxolin models. The Paxolin boomerangs were smaller and usually painted in two colors and with simple line art banding. The wooden models were often decorated with many colorful bands, flowers, birds and occasionally other themes. Herb did most of his own art work, but while he was a prison guard, he employed the skills of master forgers in the prison where he worked. Herb stopped making boomerangs in the late 1980s and the boomerang world was without one of it's greatest craftsman. Then suddenly in the early 1990s, Herb started making Paxolin and finely decorated Birch plywood models again. This continued until Herb's death in 1995. Herb's models have become among the finest of collectable boomerangs as the supply continues to diminish.

This item is a " Tigarang " made out of 3 mm Paxolin. The upper surface is painted dark blue with gold tips and with red and black border lines. Near the lift arm tip is one of Herb's logo labels and these are almost never found on his Paxolin boomerangs. The underside is painted dark blue and has " Tigarang 1986" written in black ink. This boomerang is in very good to excellent condition with no paint chips, but there is some wear and light scratches on both surfaces from use. I have not thrown this one, but I would expect it to have a range of 70-90 metres and it would require moderate to high power.

This boomerang was supplied directly from the estate of Herb A. Smith. The proceeds of the sale of this item will go directly to Herb's widow - Anim Smith. The price of this item will be reduced every week until it is sold.

Specifications: Right Handed ; Tip-to-tip Span = 35 cm ; Weight = 70 gm

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