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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

Just wanted to add that I got the Panormo guitar closed up last week. I've been wanting to build one of these for years. I've had the tone wood and the neck made for quite awhile, just waiting for the right time.

Its a little bigger than the Torres SE117's that I'm building, but still smaller than the Torres FE17, and a lot smaller than a modern "concert" guitar.

A close up of the Panormo rosette. The original would have used pearl for the rosette, cut in diamond and squares and set in mastic. Mine is using figured maple set in black epoxy, surrounded by walnut and maple veneer lines.

Now that all three are closed, its time for binding. I have the binding made, but the surfaces need to be cleaned up and then they need to be bent to the guitar shape. Then the binding channels need to be cut around the perimeter of the guitar. After all that, then I get to put them on.

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