Concept 75 Lefty Maple Lap Joint by Rusty Harding

Item JB28  

This Item was Sold on 24 February 2014 for $50

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This beautiful left handed lap joint boomerang was made out of Hard Maple hardwood boards that overlap at the elbow and are reinforced with 3 small dowel rods that are pressed into drilled holes in the elbow. The angle between the blades is 75 degrees. This is one of the first Concept prototypes and it is smaller and lighter than the production model of the early 1980s. It is also one of the best flying Harding boomerangs I have ever thrown. It has a superb flight with a range of 35-40 metres. I wish Rusty had used this design for his concept series. It is not signed or dated but it is from Rusty's personal throw kit and it is in excellent condition.

Specifications: Left Handed ; Tip-to-tip Span = 31 cm ; Weight = 58 gm

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 collectibles. 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.

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