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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

This is a rare canoe for Manitoba, even if it is one of the most common wooden canoes in the United States! It is an Old Town "OTCA" (Old Town Canoe model A). If you look closely, you can see the long mahogany decks typical of this canoe.

The bottom shot shows just how old and frail the old canvas is.

Canvas off!

And onto the usual stem repairs...pretty soon I have to sand the interior and get that vanished. This canoe would have benefited from stripping the old varnish, now a deep chocolate brown, and re-varnishing. Due to budget constraints, the owner is single and in her '80's! that isn't going to happen during this restoration, nut will be left to future generations to undertake.

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