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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

I've been making step by step progress on the guitars.

For my double cutaway, I have ebonized the bindings, inlaid the back, built up the finish, and made the bridge (simply laid in place for the photo) I will not be ebonizing the bindings of any future guitars! While the black is good, it is extremely difficult to keep a clean and precise look to the work.

The back turned out well. Once I had the idea in my head,"This inlay would look good on the back fo the guitar...", well, there was not way to get it out except to inlay the back.

And the bridge. I started off by making a perfectly good tie block cap, then decided that it needed something to match the rosette, so MORE work! I'm glad, it looks pretty good.

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