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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 20 December 2010

It doesn't take much more time to make three bridges compared to setting up to make just one, so I made three. This will save me a lot of time on the next two builds. I will leave two of them at this stage and only complete the one for this instrument. The wood is Ziricote and the tie-block is bison bone.

The underside of the bridge has to be shaped to fit the dome of the soundboard exactly!

After some of the bulk waste is removed the surface is refined with lots of sanding.

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