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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

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 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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