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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 9 September 2009

The Hellman canoe with the smashed in stem. Apparently it took several strong guys to pull it out from where it had gotten shoved in the truck. Its pretty common for canoes to get damaged in transit.

First, the damaged stem material needs to be ground off.

Rebuilt with fiberglass, sanded, and then painted with the same green epoxy paint that is original Hellman sent the correct paint right away and were very accessible to answer questions about using their paint correctly.

All polished and ready to go. Its almost impossible to get an exact match, the paint batch can be different, the lighting, the sheen, all contribute to a slightly different look. It looks a much better match in real life than in the photo.

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