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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 24 June 2010

Every once in awhile a canoe comes in and you just shake your head. This is one of them.

This is an old Chestnut Pal that has seen better days. It has suffered a hard life and been the subject of some poor repairs. I won't go through the litany of ills, suffice it to say that the old canvas was the least of them

The hull is very, very lumpy.

Previous repairs attempted to alleviate the lumpiness by sanding them down. In places they pretty near sanded all the way through the planking.

And Bondo! Everywhere Bondo...

All is not lost for this canoe. The owners who brought this canoe in have decided to sell it to another party who wanted it as a display item for his cottage.

Rustic was wanted! Rustic was provided!

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