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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

Sunday 9 August 2009

On my last pick up of cedar, I grabbed these big boards. I thought that they were cedar, they look exactly the same in this state. However, on the first cut I could smell that they were Pine. Pine is not what I use for canoe building, so I put them aside until I could figure out what to do with them.

Frequenting a Telecaster guitar forum, I came to realize that many builders highly value Pine for bodies. Aha! So that is what I did with them. They are cut down to body size or drying until I need to process them further.

Here you can see my Tele sitting on top for scale.

They take up a lot less space this size, too! Storage i one of the reasons that I cut them down now.

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