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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

Wednesday 26 August 2009

First step is to get some new fabric applied to the inside of the hull. This closes up the hole and makes it look seamless on the inside. This is a Kevlar/carbon fiber blend. Kevlar does not sand well, it just goes fuzzy, and is a real pain to work with for repairs.

A view from the inside.

Its not too difficult to get the structural work done on laminate canoes. The real "work" comes with the cosmetic aspects of blending and polishing. With a pattern weave like this Kevlar/carbon fiber blend, it is difficult to get the weave to blend in invisibly.

Not too bad.

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