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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

Not having a fancy specialized rosette cutter, I've been using a drill press mounted "fly" cutter. I don't have much to cut, so I just spin it by hand a couple of turns, then chisel out the inbetween.

Glue in the rosette and plane it smooth.


The Green Ash that I am using bends so easily, just wet it, let it sit, then bend it cold using only hand pressure. Then clamp it into the form and let it dry. Once fully dry it is "set" to the bend.

I made up some brackets to mount on the solara so that the sides can be moved here, allowing me to free up the side mold for other tasks.

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