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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

Wednesday 1 September 2010

With all of the varnishing done on the Peterborough Lake Queen, it is time to paint the name on. Jake & Kay are the names of the original owners, so that is the name. I took quite a bit of time to find a font and size that were fitting to the era of the canoe and the spirit of the restoration.

Step one is to print the text out full size and then tape it in place.

Step two is to use carbon paper behind the artwork and then trace out the lettering.

Step three is to use a nice sign painter's gold paint and fill in the lines.

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