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Lots of stuff goes on in this shop, located in Lorette, Manitoba.

Primarily it's the building and repair of classic wood & canvas canoes, and the making of premium canoe paddles. I also do custom boat building, composite fabrication, and special projects. A growing passion of mine is the making of classical guitars, I'll post about that, too.

I want to be able to share with my clients the progress of their commissioned work. Later I started thinking that there might be other people who are interested in what goes on inside a wooden canoe shop operated by an artist and a recovering teacher.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by email, phone, or by post. My mailing address is:

Red River Canoe & Paddle
24249 River Rd
Lorette, Manitoba
R5K 0Z6

Wednesday 26 November 2008

Even though I haven't posted very recently, I have been busy getting the new canoe finished. There is so much to do, from making the outer gunnels, thwarts, seats and foot braces, keel, and stern outer stem, getting them on, sanding, varnishing, sanding, varnishing. You get the picture.

The interior looking forward. You can see the risers that support the seats, and the bottom braces to which the foot braces are secured. There is a series of holes along the bottom braces so that the foot braces can have their positions adjusted.

A view along the outside bottom showing the filler. It takes two to three weeks for the filler to dry thoroughly.

Seats, foot brace supports, and thwarts after first coat of varnish.
I'm installing the keel today, and continuing painting.

I've also been making some shelving for the eternal storage issues. I recently inherited some older tools, and a bunch of fasteners from my father-in-law, as he closed down his home shop to move into an apartment. Just when I had managed to deal with my own junk! More or less.

I also started making a room air filter. Air borne shop dust is a major issue, both for health and for work quality. I have an older furnace fan, and it will be mounted at the bottom of a 4' tall column with furnace air filters set at the top. I got the panels cut yesterday.

I've also returned to getting some progress made on my basement renovation. Every so often I need to make a major push, so I' taking two days off last week, and twod days off this week to push the project. I'm doing this at the same time as the painting is being done, so my shop time is limited anyway.

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