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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
P.O. Box 78, Grp 4, RR 2
Lorette, Manitoba
R0A 0Y0

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Time to get back to the bridge. The string holes are measured out on masking tape, as its much easier to see the marks.

A drill press is used to drill the holes. I am running the bridge along a fence to ensure that they all line up properly.

Masking tape is used to protect the soundboard finish from the sanding that is being done in the pace where the bridge will be glued. This location is VERY carefully identified.

The props that are inside of the guitar enable me to simply use these cam clamps to glue down the bridge. Without the props the soundboard would never be able to take the pressure. Of course, the better the fit the less clamping pressure is needed.

And this is how it looks.

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