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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 5 April 2010

The peg boxes on viols are typically the subject of personalized decoration. Sometimes they are sculpted into heads of people of animals. Sometimes they are scrolls a little like what we see on violins. When scrolls are used, the scroll is open between the coil of the scroll creating a lovely light feel. Also, the back is often the subject of the decorative carving.

My wife wanted something relating to cats. So I offered "Celtic cats?" She said "Yes."

So, after establishing the size and shape of my panel into a 2D shape on paper, I started drawing away, then refining, and refining, till I arrived a this:

Of course, I then had to fit it into the slightly smaller actual panel size, which required some shifting of the elements. It will require some more shifting to get everything in balance-there are some spots where it feels squished- but its very close to its final form.

Now I need to sharpen up my carving chisels!

Good thing that there is no deadline on this thing...

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