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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

Friday 30 January 2009

After the canvas is finished being closed in at the stems, the nap is burned off. The novice is fearful of this step, fearing fire, but canvas is surprisingly fire resistant. You have to hold the flame quite awhile in one spot before the fabric starts to burn. Little threads are more likely to smolder along the weave than the whole thing is to catch fire.

Done! Here they are with their filler applied. They will be sitting aside in the shop until they are set enough to receive other work. That will be Monday.

Meanwhile I've been cleaning and organizing; tedious, but necessary.

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