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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

Friday 12 February 2010

The Tornavoz is installed using a fillet of epoxy mixed with cotton fiber. Traditionally they would have a lip that is trapped against the soundboard by the circular wooden rosette reinforcing ring.

In order to glue the bridge later I have to brace the soundboard. Typically clamps are fitted in through the soundhole, but with the Tornavoz in place this will not be an option. Each prop has a string to pull it out with. It is essential to remember to secure the strings out at the soundhole in order to pull them!

Now the back can be glued on.

The copper has a nice glow when viewed through the soundhole.

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