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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

The new Esprit is getting a kneeling thwart instead of a seat. If you've never used a kneeling thwart then you have no idea how comfortable it is!

I make mine so that the surface that supports the paddlers back side is angled about 30-45 degrees. Often I make them from fairly thick lumber, but this time I only had 4/4 stock sot I had to glue on some additions to the ends to get more angle. With the grain oriented the right way they look pretty near invisible.

This is how this kneeling thwart is mounted in the canoe-on risers. These risers are longer than is required for just a kneeling thwart, but if the owner should ever decide to put in a seat the canoe is ready for it. The extra length also allows for variable positions should it be required.

All the trim made and ready for varnish.

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