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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
P.O. Box 78, Grp 4, RR 2
Lorette, Manitoba
R0A 0Y0

Friday, June 19, 2009

Starting to make some progress on stripping out the old Peterborough. What a job this is! Yesterday I applied stripper again and scraped out the entire canoe for the second time. Then used a small pressure washer to clean out the gunk.

Today I tried scraping and sanding it clean. Not much success until I tried a small diameter flap sander on the drill. You can see the spare in the center of the canoe. Spent about 5 hours on this step. Now I have to finish sand the cedar because this tool leaves a lot of scratch marks.

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