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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

Monday 8 November 2010

I made a new solara for the new guitar commission. I have other solaras, but I needed one with greater doming than what I already had.

I've receive the new spruce for the staves of the viola da gamba top. I am building this viol with bent and assembled staves rather than a carved top done violin style. Bent staves is proper to the tradition and method of building for this viol.

The completed garland (the bent sides, blocks, and linings) with the staves for the top on the workboard for assembling the top.

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