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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

Friday 12 November 2010

So what good is a log of alternating coloured wood? How do you use it?

Like this.

First the log needs to have 1mm thick slices cut off of the end. Exacting work and risky. I set the blade so that it does not cut all of the way through, leaving a small amount of wood intact to keep the slice that I want on the log, preventing it from getting destroyed.

Looks like this.

Then, using a Japanese style saw, and using the slice itself as a guide, I cut through the remaining bit of wood.

Leaving me with a 1mm thick slice of striped wood.

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