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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

The last task for the interior, before closing the box up with the back, is to apply two layers of fiberglass to the are where the soundport will go. The soundport will be cut to a failry intricate shape and I can't rely upon the wood to not break.

The interior face of the back is strengthened with a strip of cross grain spruce spanning the glue joint.

When the braces are all fitted to the back strip, and everything lines up just right, it is then time to glue the back tot he guitar body. Lots of go-bar sticks are used!

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