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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

Saturday 10 October 2009

Dogsleds are not meant to be pulled behind snowmobiles, but that is what happened to this one. The owners grandchildren were having a bit too much fun. There are quite a few broken spots.

Especially the handle, which broke in two places. I'm not surprised considering how it is made! It is a square piece of Oak with kerfs cut in, then bent and wrapped with black electrical tape.

This sort of bend is difficult to control properly, so I used a simple mold clamped in place to ensure a fair bend as I glued it back in place. Later, a laminated three strips of wood to the inside of the bend. Its very solid now.

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