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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

Tuesday 27 October 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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