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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

Saturday 17 January 2009

One of the last things to do on the Mad River is to transfer the seat webbing from the old, broken, stern seat, to the new one. The original seat has the webbing secured into a groove on the back of the seat with a spline and resin. There is not enough of the webbing to do that, plus I really don't like that method-it's not reversible. I've secured the webbing, which is seat belt material, with a couple of stainless steel staples in each end.

And here is the finished canoe. The refinished trim looks great. Some would call it "road worn". The exterior of the hull is still pretty beat, but if you start redoing it, where do you stop? the owner was not prepared to pay for that, he wants a canoe that is he can keep working hard.

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