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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

Wednesday 20 January 2010

The heel on this old neck was originally carved for a slightly deeper guitar, so I had to cut about 6mm off the bottom, which required me to re-carve the whale. Which is OK because I feel that it is more refined now. But it did take extra time, which is something that I wanted to avoid.

Oh well. It serves us no good to count the hours in the service of Art.

Finishing the carving allowed me to get the neck installed.

One small "modernization" is my use of the double wedge instead of just the skinny slits. It is a little more work, but getting the little slits "just right" has its own complications. I really like how tight you can get the sides against the outer portion of the heel.

Freshly glued in, I'll be cleaning it up later. Or not. Haven't decided. The Tornavoz will eliminate any opportunity to see how nicely shaped it is.

I tried something new on this build. I've been thinking that it would be easier to glue in the harmonic bar after I get the sides on. I was right, it is MUCH easier to fit it into the sides than to fit the sides to the bar. Gluing it in is the same process either way.

And now I'm gluing in the dentellones. Its easy to do, and is as fast to do as you can pick them up and glue them in.

I'll be continuing this today, we'll see how long it takes. Once I'm done I'll be fitting the lining for the back.

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