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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 year I started trying to maintain a steady 50% relative humidity in the shop.

The dry shop air during the winter months shrinks the wood on the old canoes, which opens up the planking gaps. Building with very dry wood just means that the planking wood will swell when it picks up moisture later on. Both situations are problematic. Working with a steady 50% RH helps.

The only problem is that some of my windows were never intended to deal with this sort of situation, they are still only single pane glass, something that I need to remedy. This does create some fascinating frost patterns on really cold days.

Here is one.

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