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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 23 May 2009

It takes a long time time to sand the paddles properly. After the final shaping, then there is the sanding with 100 grit, then 220 grit, then detail sanding by hand.

Here is the first group of paddles sanded and with the logo applied. Ready for the first coat of varnish.

Two coats of varnish, two more to go. There are also two historic model Voyageur paddlesin this batch, they get the blades painted red. The voyageur brigades had paddles decoratively painted in "team" colours.

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