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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

Thursday 10 June 2010

All the trim in this canoe is Walnut.

Now it is time to lay out the deck patterns and cut the decks. While I'm at it I decide to prepare the rest of the trim pieces as well.

When you look at the photo with all of the pieces on the table, you can see the underside of one of the decks. I shape my decks like the old style Chestnut decks, with the heart shape ends, crowned and undercut at the edge so that only a fine edge which follows the crowing shows. This edge is about 1/4" thick.

The gunnel ends are pre-shaped to form a mortise and the stem end is pre-shaped to for a tenon. The whole thing fits together and holds the stem very well. It takes some amount of practice to get this joint to fit as well as you want it too!

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