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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 28 February 2009

The third of the three Torres SE117 style guitars is getting the back one. While it may look like I've put in a lot of work on these recently, bear in mind that most of the parts have been made over a long period of time. For example, the sides were milled 2-3 years ago. The tops and necks were prepared a long time ago, too.

It looks fast because I'm just assembling all those pre-made components.

Here is a nice shot of the inside, you can see the open lower harmonic bar. I am also trying out an old technique of fitting the back braces to the sides before the back. I used to glue them to the back first, then fit the whole thing to the body. This is actually easier than I thought it would be.

Time to glue the back on. There are many ways to do this, but sometimes its just easier to wrap the whole thing with a cut up inner tube.

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