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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

The Baidarka kayak is finally getting 'glassed! This has been a really long term project. I bought some cedar strips used about 15 years ago, and they've been hanging around the shop and getting in the way ever since. I drew up the lines about 12 years ago, and I cut the stations about 10 years ago. The mold has been assembled for about 4 years, and I planked it up last fall.

Now I'll be glad to to get the mold out of the way!

So, on goes the fiberglass.

And done. This hull will be painted so I'm really not worried about how "pretty" the woodwork is. I'll leave that effort for the deck, I prefer the look of a solid colour hull and bright finished deck.

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