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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

Monday 11 January 2010

FE17 has a Tornavoz, which is a section of cone mounted just below the soundhole. Tornavoz literally means to turn the voice.

It is a controversial device wrapped in mythology. The trouble with it is that we don't really know how to optimize it, how it originally made the guitar sound, and why it stopped being used. There are very few extant examples of guitars with Tornavoces still in place.

Many, many, builders denounce the Tornavoz as mumbo-jumbo. I'm putting it in anyways!

Some copper sheeting and some mold making material.

Draw the diameters of the cone section and cut it out on the bandsaw.

Sand it fair and cover it with packing tape. Packing tape is my universal mold release agent.

And wrap it in fiberglass, about 4 layers do the job.

The laminate is off, the pattern made, and the copper cut to shape.

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