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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

The new canoe that I am building is the 13' Esprit Freestyle canoe. There is not a huge demand for 13'Freestyle canoes in Manitoba, so I have only built the one canoe off of the mold so far, and there were a few things that I wanted to change based upon my experience with the first.

Primarily, I wanted to change the stem profile and how it flows into the main body of the canoe. I also wanted to use 5/16" ribs stock instead of the 1/4" ribs stock used previously. The thicker ribs will hold the desired bottom shape better, the thinner ones rounded out too much.

This is the mold before the modifications.

The new stem profile laid over a piece of plywood to establish the mold shape for the stem.

The plywood piece added onto the mold with epoxy. Now I need to adjust the shape of the mold for the last rib positions.

So I remove the ribbands and add on some Pine strips.

And rough shape them prior to final shaping.

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