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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 11 March 2009

This is an amazing tool. I use it for all kinds of wood shaping. One of the things that I use it for is to fair out the splints that are used for the rib repair.

After I had the canoe all closed up, I found one more broken rib. I couldn't let it go. Oh, well

After it's all cleaned up, time to add some tacks to the loose spots. There are a lot on this canoe.

Time to sand the hull. Not only were there a lot of loose spots, there were lots of lumps and bumps, too! A vacuum attachment for the sander helps control the dust. Dust, there's always dust around

A coat of linseed oil and wood preservative mix to keep the wood from being too dry, and to help keep water from being absorbed into the wood.

Sand the interior, clean out the dust (Did I mention that there's always dust?) and give it a fresh coat of varnish. Now the old girls is all ready for canvassing tomorrow.

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