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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 22 March 2010

The old Peterborough High End Champlain is all done and ready for pick up. If you want to be reminded of how this canoe started out, use the index of "Topics" along the left side of the blog window and click on "Peterborough",the posts on this repair will show first.

Here are the concluding photos.

Deck/gunnel end. You can see the new wood scarph jointed on to the ends of the inner gunnels. Its difficult to get a perfect match, but close is good! The outer gunnels are new.

The old Peterborough's had this metal plate on the bow deck, the decal is on the stern. The original decks had splits, which I filled with epoxy and clamped closed. I felt that the original deck repaired had greater value that a replacement deck made of new wood.

Interior view towards the bow.

Side shot of the stern.

Long view showing exterior and interior.

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