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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

Tuesday 6 January 2009

I need to get started on some smaller projects that have come in. There are stages in working on wood & canvas canoes that require you too wait, and this is one of those times.

I pulled in a Mad River kevlar canoe that has its trim in a pretty sorry state. One of the seats had part of its frame broken and was secured to the gunnels by rope. The decks had a center seam and the adhesive had long ago let go. The varnish had seen better days, and not recently. The stainless steel screws that Mad River usually uses had been replaced with standard steel screws which were rusting in place. Fully 1/3 of them broke while trying to remove them, the rest were very hard to get out.

There's more, but you get the idea.

I have a fair bit of planking to replace on the century Chestnut. Not lots, but enough that I'm looking forward to getting some new band saw blades tomorrow. All my present blades are now dull. I keep some to re-sharpen, but they are waiting to be picked up with the new blades.

I had the components made for this guitar a long time ago and used some of the time of the Christmas break to get started on assembling it. This a sort of copy of a Louis Panormo guitar. Panormo lived and worked in London during the late end of the 18th century, and the beginning of the 19th. I'd have to look up the dates to be more precise. His work clearly anticipates that of Antonio Torres, but also clearly stands in an older tradition. There are so many small differences that all add up to an altogether different kind of guitar. I'm looking forward to stringing this one up and playing it!

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