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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

Friday 1 January 2010

A few more details.

My guitar was fitted with pegs, in keeping with the original instrument. The tow little holes at the top of the head would have traditionally been used for ribbon, which I plan on adding. The ribbon was used to hang the guitar from a peg on the wall.

While small in size, these guitars are NOT small in sound! They sound great! The small body is a treat to hold, and the short, 604mm scale, is a treat to play. Especially if you have small or weak hands.

The two other guitars were fitted with machine heads to make tuning the strings easier and more precise for the girls. I used a Selmer style head shape as it is smaller and fits in well with the size of the guitar.

The heel on the maple guitar.

And the tail graft on the maple guitar. Cocobolo bindings were used. Cocobolo is a rosewood.

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