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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

There is a new Archbishop for our Diocoese. He is an avid canoeist, so I had a paddle that was to be presented to him. This is his coat of arms that I painted on to personalize the paddle.

And while I was making guitar bridges, I finished the bridges for the other guitars. The humidity is holding out at 50%, so its a good time to get this done.

1 comment:

Bill said...

Hi Douglas - thanks again for your reply to my questions re a 12-string classical guitar today. You do beautiful work - I love the photos of the bridges and of the double cutaway. I've built only 1 guitar so far - it was a success, but it's not one I would go out of my way to show anybody at this stage. This winter I will be building two classicals, including the 12-string. My focus on the other will be to get superb sound, or as close as I can get to that.

I had seen your name before on the WCGS web page. I'm not a member now, but I was one of the group that revived the Society around 1983 after it had been defunct for 5 years. I was then the pres for a couple of years and remained a member for a few years after that.

I'm not a canoeist ... but I have the distinction of having worked at the Kildonan Canoe Company for one day when it was just off Main Street in 1964 ... on the day it burned down. It was an electrical fire. My first thought was that we should get the canoes out of the building, but the guys who worked there knew better. It was one heck of a fire. That was my last day on the job, because they didn't reopen (off Pembina Hwy, as I recall) until some weeks later. In the meantime, I had to find another summer job.

Keep up the blog! Good stuff.