Contact me at: or by phone 204.878.2524

Join in the conversation on our
Facebook page

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 2 January 2009

It's a little slow in the shop over the Christmas holidays.

My wife works in the schools, so she gets school scheduled holidays, and the kids are obviously off. So I take a couple of days a week off, and some of the shop time is used for personal projects, such as the guitars for my daughters.

I did get the Baidarka finished. That frees up a lot of shop space! I also started getting the planking back on the century Chestnut, some of it is so banged up that it will have to be replaced. Big surprise there...

Wednesday I pulled in a Mad River kevlar canoe that needs some work done on it. That's the white canoe that you see beside the kayak.

Nice and shiny! It was very difficult to varnish the deck on this kayak. I couldn't remove all the fixtures and tie-downs as they had attachments inside that were unreachable. So I had to work around them and struggle with the tendency of the varnish to want to sag around them.

No comments: