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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

Friday 11 June 2010

Who says that the only people who want traditional wooden canoes are over 50?

Not so. The new owner of the Esprit is well under 30 and wanted to be present for the canvassing of his new canoe. Here he is setting the screws for the seat risers. This has to be done prior to getting the canvas on - the screws go through the planking at each rib.

A piece of canvas is rolled out and cut to size.

After getting the canoe into its canvas sling, it is fastened with stainless steel staples along the gunnel, at each rib. Once it is cut free it is also fastened along the stem.

Finally the fine nap of the fabric is burnt off prior to applying the filler.

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