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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

More gunnel repairs...Sometimes you need to be careful about who you lend your canoe out to.

A strong, straight piece of wood needs to be clamped into place. A straight piece of wood is used to make the repair, and the curve is produced by the bending force that results after the brace wood is removed.

Epoxy is used to ensure that the wood repair is well bonded. Its difficult to get furniture grade joints done in these instances, so gap filling is a positive attribute. Lots of clamps are used, not to make for super clamping pressure but for an even distribution of the clamping pressure.

Done, just need to clean the surfaces and sand them smooth.

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