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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

Saturday 22 May 2010

After the ribs are well dried, I have to fair the surfaces. I've tried all manner of sanding blocks, but the best, by far, is this home made on. I use a large belt sander belt, this one is 36 grit, and is from a 6" X 48" is belt. I made up a Styrofoam block for the inside and away we go.

The gunnel ends are shaped to a mortise to secure the tenon shaped stem end. This is the typical method used by almost all Canadian canoe companies. It works well and I continue to use it.

And here it is ready to start planking.

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