This Item was Sold on 9 June 2011
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John Cryderman (from Chatham, Canada) is well known for making high quality strip laminated and Birch plywood boomerangs. Many of these are John's original designs. However, he occasionally makes replicas of boomerangs made by other famous boom makers, such as the strip laminated hooks and omegas made by Al Gerhards of Downington, Pennsylvania. John usually makes his strip laminated boomerangs out of native Canadian hardwoods, but he will often use exotic woods, such as Mahogany and Ebony. Some of the plywood and strip laminated boomerangs are decorated with inlaid plugs of exotic woods arranged in pseudo-floral patterns. The vast majority of John's boomerangs are large in size and they require a strong thrower in order for the boomerang to make a full return.
This extra large strip laminated U shaped boomerang was made out of strips of Ash, Cherry, Oak, Walnut, Padauk and Purple Heart. It is signed and dated 1997. Al Gerhards designed and made this shape in the 1970s. This is a very large boomerang and it does require a strong throw. It has a low circular flight. with a range of 60+ metres. Only strong experienced throwers should attempt to throw this boomerang and catching is not recommended for safety reasons. You can tune this boomerang for a shorter range by adding dihedral. There are a few minor edge dings that can be sanded smooth, but the damage is minimal and not very noticeable. This boomerang is quite impressive when hanging on the wall or when seen in flight.
Because of the large size of this item, the buyer will be required to pay actual shipping charges. Pickup is highly recommended if you live close to Ann Arbor, Michigan.