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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

Sunday 7 February 2010

I decided to use an ebony bound maple fingerboard for the new guitar. I liked the black binding on the natural maple, but it didn't "work" with the Rosewood bridge. So I stained it. At this point I have two coats of CA glue to build the surface finish. The fret is just sitting there to pre-visualize the end results.

The bridge as it looks now, with a little CA (cyanoacrilite) flooded on the fill any small pores.

Now I am ready to close the back, fret the fingerboard, glue on the fingerboard and bridge, binding, finishing, etc...

Oh, and I need to make the tuning pegs. For that I will need a lathe.

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