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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

Friday 24 July 2009

Wow! Has it really been since June 30th that I posted?!

What can I say, its summer. Lots of stuff happening and lots of stuff getting in the way of writing and posting on a blog.

Briefly, here's what I've been up to:

Got the Boreal all packed and shipped to Ft. McMurray Alberta.

Got 6 coats of epoxy on the exterior of the Peterborough, and sanded and varnished the interior 4 coats. Cleaned up the floorboards and keel today, as well as repairing and preparing the old seats for varnish.

Tapered the new guitar to a wedge body shape. The bass side is thinner than the treble, making it easier to place your right arm over. I also got the back made and glued on.

Made Telecaster bridges. I only need one right now, but while I was at it, I seemed to end up with 8 brass bridges and 10 stainless steel ones.