World War I wooden propellers copiedBy Mark Chervenka
World War I wooden propellers copied
Full-scale replicas of WW I airplane propellers are available. The new pieces are over six-feet long, the same general size as vintage originals.
This particular new propeller is made from pine. The great majority of authentic American pre-1920 wood propellers were made of hardwoods particularly oak, but walnut and mahogany were also used.
All authentic wood propellers are made from laminating many separate pieces usually about three-quarters inch thick. Laminating overlapping strips gave the propellers their strength and resistance to twisting. Many new propellers are made of a single piece of wood.
Original propellers were carefully balanced. New propellers are fairly crude. New pine propellers are retailing for around $150.