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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 12 February 2009

This is the '70's era Chestnut. The filler has been curing for quite awhile now, and its hard enough to turn the canoe over to work on. The canvas is left untrimmed till this point so that the filler does not make a real mess on the wood. It now gets trimmed down to the planking level.

Then the gunnels are re-installed and sanded thoroughly. The keel gets put back on now, too. Here you can see both Chestnuts done. The 100 year old one is in the foreground, ready to receive the gunnels. The gunnels are pre sanded along the bottom because there is no safe way to do this once they are installed.

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