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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

Sunday 30 November 2008

I finished painting the canoe today. Its very blue.! I'll post pictures when I get back to work on Monday.

Meanwhile, I should start putting up a few photos and stories of 3 guitars that I am building.

I have the tops finished and the bracing complete. The sides are bent, and the backs are finished. The necks are almost finished, I just need to carve the heel and drill the holes for the tuning machines and cut the slots.

Two of them are for my daughters, and one for me. These are charming small classical guitars based very closely on the Antonio Torres SE117. I'll provide references for more info on Torres later, as well as post on my progress.

One of the girls, the older one, wanted a dragon circling the soundhole for the rosette. She had such confidence that I could actually do it. I knew that I could, but her faith is gratifying. Just in case anyone is wondering, that dragon is made of small pieces of wood inlaid in a background of epoxy. It is not a painted design, nor is it a decal. The green is a light stain that I applied as per the client's specifications.

My youngest is happy with a more traditional approach highlighting the natural beauty of the wood.

I'm really enjoying this project. I wish that I had more free time to work on them.

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