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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

Thursday 18 June 2009

I'm exploring making one of my traditional paddles, in this case a Voyageur Classic, as an ultralight paddle. It is mostly cedar, so some reinforcing is required for it to holdup to the stress of harder use. A light weight 2 oz. fiberglass is applied around the shaft and on the blade.

Epoxy is applied and the glass goes transparent. This paddle is a project for myself, so its gets done in the inbetween times in the shop. I'll post more on it as it progresses.

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