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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 24 February 2010

After two coats of varnish over the stain this is the result. Not too bad. The old wood is very variable in colour, some spots are much darker that others and I had to aim for a mid point with the stain. Nothing will hide the fact that this is new wood, but it doesn't have to go shouting "Look at me!".

From the outside after grinding and sanding the resin residue. There is still some resin staining of the wood, but that won't affect anything. There were a lot of loose tacks on this canoe and I had to go over every single one to drive them tighter, and added or replaced those that stayed lose. Very tedious, there are hundreds of tacks!

A coat if linseed oil not only helps waterproof the outside of the hull but it also keeps the wood from drying out excessively. The fiberglass has already taken its tole on the wood.

A nice shot of the original 1948 decks of this canoe. You can clearly see the camber on the top as well as the undercutting of the inboard edge typical of early Chestnuts.

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