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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

Monday 2 February 2009

I've been selling plans for home canoe building for a few years. The most popular plans are for the Elan and the Red Fox.

Recently, I sold a set of Elan plans to a fellow in Brazil. It seems that he is working very hard to establish North American open canoeing in his home country, and is developing a special interest in Freestyle paddling.

You can see his work here:

Mark Molina went over to deliver a Freestyle course, and recommended the Elan as a suitable canoe for building. Thanks,Mark!

Mark and Becky Molina:

Freestyle canoeing:

Both canoes are 14' length with 30" beam. The Red Fox is a copy of an old Chestnut Fox, and is a great all-round solo canoe. The Elan is my own design, is a good general purpose canoe for a skilled paddler, and a great Freestyle canoe.

This is Mark paddling an Elan of my construction. I wish that I could paddle as well as he can, he's one of the best!

Below are photos of canoes built to the Elan plans. Nice job, all.

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