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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

I don't know if its because I expect better results, or if its because this Interlux paint is so glossy, but this canoe has been difficult to get to look the way that I want it to. Shiny paint shows EVERYTHING! So what looks OK, is not so good when you look closer.

Paint and sand, paint and sand, paint and sand. Fill with glaze compound, sand and paint, sand and paint.

This pile of sandpaper is 400 grit and I used all of it to sand for the final coat of paint.

I decided to spray the final coat. I don't usually spray because its often so much hassle to set up. If I had a dedicated spray room I do it more often. But I don't, so when I spray I have to put up a plastic curtain to contain the over-spray and to keep out the dust.

Final coat. Best result of all the coats of paint on this canoe, but I still fret over how it could be better! I comfort myself with the knowledge that after it gets all scratched up no one will care.

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