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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

Thursday 15 January 2009

I started getting the gunnels back on the Mad River canoe. These were caught just in time, much longer without attention and rot would have really set in and they would have gone past the point of no return. The steel screws that were used sometime in the past definitely did not help. It was no fun getting the seized screws out, and less fun getting out the ones that broke in the effort.

You can see how the finish has worn significantly. This is one of the better spots.

I have an intern who comes out once a week to work alongside of me. He's learning some techniques and approaches. He's at the point where his contribution of effort balances out the extra time that I have to put in for instruction and guidance. Here he is working my new, my 4th, Porter-Cable sander (remember my mention of my 3rd sander failing while working on the kayak?) Its nice to have the company.

Decks glued back together, installed, sanded, and first coat of varnish. Now I just need a couple more coats of varnish on the trim, seats, and thwarts. I had to make a new stern seat, I'l have to transfer webbing to the new seat. There is some fiberglass repair work to do where the has been a lot of wear and tear. I'll have it all back together tomorrow.

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