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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

Friday 17 April 2009

Sometimes I feel like my guitar building is like crack cocaine, I always need my fix.

I prepared this mold a few months ago in anticipation of a new project.

Inspired by how the Ash bent for the guitars that I am building for my daughters, I tried the same technique again. Wet the Ash, wrap it in foil, let sit for about an hour, then unwrap it and hand bend it into the mold. Usually bending wood requires heat as well, but I bent this with no additional heat, all at room temperature.

This project will be able to sit like this until sometime in the future, there's no rush. I thought that I could use a neck that was already made, but I've decided to try something new so this project will require a different neck.

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