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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

Saturday 27 June 2009

The Panormo guitar now has a bridge made! Nylon string guitar bridges pre-Torres, were not the tie-block style that we are familiar with today, but rather used pins like we we see used on steel string guitars.

This is what the original looks like.

The strings would have used the rim of the bridge as a saddle, I decided to make a saddle that I can adjust, but would still blend in. There is still some final shaping and detail work to do, but its mostly done. I have some rosewood pins with pearl dots ordered, once they are here I can finish.

This bridge has not had the final holes drilled yet, these are just pilot holes.

The original used pearl for decoration on the wings, I used some figured maple.

It will look something like this when it gets glued on.

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