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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

I seem to be having a run on composite canoe repairs. 4 of the 5 repairs that are in right now are all NEW canoes!! Transportation damage is usually more of a risk that damage from use.

Poor storage is the biggest cause for canoe damage.

This one is an Evergreen that had a pretty bad gelcoat fracture. Step one is to grind off the bad.

Then mix up the colour. I've been waiting about 6 weeks for Evergreen to ship the original colour gelcoat, but they are notoriously slow to do this sort of thing. I can't wait any longer.

Wet, the colour looks pretty close.

The gelcoat dried slightly off colour. Part of the problem is that the yellow pigment I have has the slightest amount of black in it. I hate having to match colour when the pigments are not pure.

All sanded smooth and polished. Pretty close, but not "perfect".

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