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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

Saturday 18 April 2009

The new Boreal exterior sanded and treated with linseed oil. The Oil prevents the wood from drying out and getting brittle, and it reduces the amount of moisture that the wood can absorb.

The seats on this canoe are supported on risers rather than being bolted to the gunnels. This allows them to be set lower and reduces the number of holes that get drilled into the gunnels. An important aspect of the installation is to get the risers at the correct height, level, and parallel to each other.

Here is how the risers and seat go into the canoe.

Canvas went on Friday. I ran out of time to get the filler on as the phone kept ringing with inquiries and people showed up to discuss their canoes. A sure sign of Spring!

All done and ready for filler first thing Monday morning.

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