Contact me at: or by phone 204.878.2524

Join in the conversation on our
Facebook page

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 9 May 2009

One of the paddle making techniques that I use requires a laminated shaft. To get a good glue-up lots of clamps are needed. Sometimes all of them!

My usual paddle is made from a central shaft and book-matched wood for the blade and grip. The shaft is first cut over large, the internal tensions of the wood are allowed to be released, then it is milled perfectly straight. Doing this ensures that the paddle shaft will remain straight. Using book matched wood for the blades and grip make the paddle look more attractive than random pieces.

Once the glue cures, the patterns are laid out and traced, then the paddle blank is cut out, ready for the next steps.

No comments: