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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 rough shaping is done I go over each of the four quadrants with a block plane to fair the surface and blend it with the rest of the mold.

Not only does each quadrant have to be fair within itself, it must also be an exact match to each side, and each end.

After fairing, the bare wood is treated with linseed oil, then the metal rib backing plates are put back on.
Just some of the shavings from planing the ends.

Once all is back together, the stems are shaped, the gunnels positioned, and the ribs are made and steambent on. Looks simple, but this was a weeks worth of work all told.

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