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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

Wednesday 25 March 2009

I have very few photos of myself, so yesterday I had an opportunity to have some taken. I'm almost always the guy on the other side of the camera.

I used up the planking that I had on hand and needed to prepare some more. Once you set up to cut some, you may as well cut a lot. So I did.

I had company! Usually I work all alone, it's nice to have company. Here we are discussing the mysteries of woodworking that has no straight edges or square lines.

After 5 rows of planking, it's time to start wrapping around the bilge. Three pieces of planking need to be tapered from full width to 1/3 width. Of course, the taper is not a straight line.

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