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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 2 September 2010

I came across a board of White Oak that was nicely quarter sawn, had good figure, and was 8/4 (8 quarters of an inch = 2") thick.

What to do, what to do?

Resaw it into guitar wood, THAT's what! I managed to get 7 sets of sides and six sets of backs. Now I put it away and wait till I have a project for it. Every luthier builds a stash of wood, the best way to do it without breaking the bank is to take advantage of opportunities when the present themselves.

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