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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 19 February 2009

This old Chestnut has some interesting screws.  Slot head, obviously (slot heads are an abomination), but what distinguishes these screws are the wide, shallow "oval" head.

A view of the bow deck  You can see the repaired inner gunnels,  not a perfect colour match, but close.

Two coats of varnish on the gunnels.  Looking a lot better than when I started.  Two more coats of varnish to go.  The filler is just about ready for paint.

I have a new bow seat to make today, and new stem bands to prepare and install.

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