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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

Time for cutting the soundport. A template of the pattern is printed out on paper, the taped to the correct location. Good old carbon paper is then used to transfer the design. In this digital age I am sometimes surprised that this useful product is still available!

Removing the paper reveals the lines to cut to. The tape is simply representing the limits within which I can work.

No time to be feint of heart! Get a good sharp drill bit and get at it!

A lot of cutting and sanding later reveals the finished soundport. A soundport is a simple means of allowing some of the guitars sound projection to be directed towards the player and not all of it away.

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