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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 have an interesting canoe in for some major work. This is what is being used for the canoe races in some of the northern communities, and this one is from Cross Lake. The owner tells me that this canoe is a champion canoe and has won the races several times, so it has already earned its restoration cost. He is restoring it for his sons to race with.

These canoes are customized freighter canoes that are pulled in to make them narrow, especially at the stern. The bottoms are pushed down to eliminate the hogged rocker line.

I'll be taking the lines off of this canoe for posterity.

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