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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

An old friend came back to me this week.

Canoe #5, the second canoe that I designed myself, built as a prototype with a friend who financed it, later sold it to a friend of his, who left it with his brother whose son was on the same swim team as my son, who got stuck with the canoe when his brother moved across the country, wanted to offload it, realized that I was the one who built it, emailed me to see if i would like it back...I said "Yes", of course!

Asymmetrical design, 13' solo canoe. Plywood and fiberglass construction. Fast and fun. I learned LOT from this canoe. Some elements were successful, others not so much. When learning something new, you have to overshoot the mark to discovered how far back to go.

On this one, mostly I learned how asymmetrical is the limit.

Here, you can see it beside the prototype of the Elan, a successful solo canoe, especially for Freestyle, and the fruits of this endeavour.

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