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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

Time to get some paint on that Huron canoe, now that the filler is cured. It is important to get the paint on thick enough to build up, and flat enough that future sanding is not a torturous amount of work. Spray works great, it you have a dedicated spray area. As I do not have that luxury, I have found that applying the paint with a foam roller gets it on thick and flat enough, and then a light tipping off with a foam brush removes the slight bit of roller texture that is left.

The tape on the gunnels is there to keep them clean, and to mask off a small section at the bottom of the gunnel where the paint is applied to seat the gunnel/hull seam.

First coat is done, and is set to dry. It takes at least 4 coats to get a really nice finish. Depends upon how picky you are.

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