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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
P.O. Box 78, Grp 4, RR 2
Lorette, Manitoba
Canada
R0A 0Y0




Monday, November 8, 2010

Second stage of rib repair, which includes the shattered sections of the ribs near the stern stem. One might say "Why not just replace the rib?" I did replace some, but I could have replaced half of the ribs on this canoe.

Actually, by the time that I removed the planking and put it back on, and repaired all of those broken ribs, I could have built a whole new canoe. The big challenge is to determine just where that line is for you and the project.

I have a lot of clamps...now. It wasn't always the case. It is often said that a woodworker can never have too many clamps. I have almost enough!

All those clamps are removed and we can start to see the shape of the canoe returning.

Repairs are shaped back to the original rib shape. Now I can start to get the last of the planking back one. In case you are wondering, yes, it is a challenge to get the planks back in the proper order!

Planking all done, hull faired, and a coat of linseed oil is applied. Once the oil dries the canoe is ready for canvas.


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