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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
P.O. Box 78, Grp 4, RR 2
Lorette, Manitoba
Canada
R0A 0Y0




Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My single Baidarka project is all planked up and mostly faired. It will have to sit and wait till I have some more time for it. I will need to do the final refinement of the fairing, then fill any plank seams and glass it.

This project used some old strip planking that I bought second hand. It looked better in the bundle, but after inspecting the individual strips it became apparent that some, actually quite a lot, of the milling was less than good. What this all means is that the strips did not match as well as they should have, and that there are more gaps than I would find acceptable for a bright (clear) finish. I was planning on painting the hull anyway, so no big deal.

I am still working out what I plan on doing with this kayak. I do intend this one to be a developmental project. That is, I will be trying out a variety of trim features, and I want the freedom to make changes over time. I am thinking that I will take a mold off of this hull and use it to build composite hulls and deck them with wood.

That can always change. I may choose to do nothing except paddle it!

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