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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 10 May 2010

A 1974 Brigden canoe came in for a little repair. It is actually in excellent shape, it just met a rock last season and needs to be readied for this season.

The Bill Brigden designed and built M3 really was a canoe that was ahead of its time. It had an efficient hull that no other fiberglass canoe was being like. It was not until the Jensen canoes of the mid to late '80's that canoe design caught up.

I had to move the Souris River out of the shop to make some space, so I happened to put it atop of the Brigden, that's when I saw this...(don't be tricked but the stem of the Chestnut poking out from behind)

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