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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 5 June 2009

The challenge with building a new guitar model is that not all the jigs and fixtures that apply to the other guitars apply to the new one. The new guitar that I am making utilizes a tilted soundboard to allow for the elevated fingerboard. So I have to make a whole new solera, and I have to figure out how to do it! These are the challenges that make the guitar building so appealing.

I need to set the dished portion into a panel so that the mold rests level with the top of the work surface. There are a number of reasons why, but it would be too much to try and explain here.
I glued it in with epoxy.

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