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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

Once the back lining is glued in, the back braces can begin to be fitted and shaped. The back has a dome shape which is determined by the braces. It is important that the curve of each of the three back braces, the heel, and the sides, all correspond. Templates help in achieving the shape, but its final determination must be made using long sanding blocks.

Finally, the back is fitted using the actual guitar body as a guide.

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