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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 26 April 2010

I haven't been posting much as I've been busy with paddle making. Many of the steps are pretty much the same as I've posted before, so I'm only showing what is interesting and new.

Rest assured that there has been lots of sanding going on. Lots and lots of sanding...

But now I'm varnishing!

I walked into the shop the other morning and the spring sunshine was pouring in nicely.


Bob Easton said...

Very pretty Doug!

I need to make some more paddles soon, double-paddles. I'm going to go back and re-read your method for the tips.

Unknown said...

beautiful paddles. Most people do not appreciate how beautiful that concave line down the center is so very cool.
i would like to send you pictures of my paddles may I have an email address. or just send a note to me at
Again nice paddles.

Unknown said...

Шикарно выглядит