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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

I have a saying, "Never paddle with someone who is afraid to get there feet wet."

This is one reason why. People afraid to get there feet wet ram there canoes ashore, scraping away the canoe every time. At some point, and it can come early, the canoe material just wears away till the water comes in. You can't see it too well in the photo, but there literally is hardly anything left in this spot.

So, clean up the worn fiberglass, build it up with new glass, apply some epoxy with appropriate fillers, then sand smooth and give it a shot of red spray paint to help it blend in. The canoe is not of a quality that a perfect mix is cared for by the owner.

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