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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

The cant ribs go in now. I only need on full thickness rib at each end. the very last cant rib is done Peterborough/Chestnut style, which is basically a piece of planking. Usually its slightly wider and thicker than the planking, but on this small canoe I used a piece of planking as it fits the scale of the canoe nicely.

As the outer gunnels have to fit flush to the inner gunnels at the stem, the last three or four ribs have to have a taper. But its the inside of the ribs which get shaped, this is why those ribs were not secured to the inwale with ring nails just yet.

I clamp a straight piece of wood to the outside of those ribs, then use another straight edge to draw a taper along the tops of the ribs, then shape them. When they are secured to the inwale the outer surface of the ribs sit fair to themselves and the planking runs nicely to the stem.

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