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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

This is what I am working on now. It is an old Peterborough "Lake Queen" dating from a long time ago. There were some repairs done on it in the '40's, so that's a clue.

The gunnels are shot, and the finish is done for, but the woodwork is pretty good, in general.

The interior will be the most work. Lots of varnish stripping, scraping, and sanding. Three days worth, at least. Lots of fun.

Coming along.

Its looking better, but there is still lots of varnish residue that I will have to go and reapply stripper to. Smelly chemicals and I'll have to use a respirator.

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