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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

Wednesday 16 February 2011

All is not fun and games n the canoe shop. Yes, real work is proceeding on the rowboat! I have transferred the drawings from the lofting table to paper, and I have made up the station molds and cut them to shape. Here they are set up on the strongback. For canoe building I usually use plywood or MDF for stations, but due to the size of these stations I opted for solid spruce lumber, more work but much lighter! And you get work access through the molds.

I have cut some nice 18' fir into skinny strips to apply to the outside of the stations as ribbands for lining the planks, and currently I am preparing the transom, stems, and keelson.

As this is a hybrid between the "Bailey" Whitehall and the Rangeley boat, I have taken to calling it the "Bailey-Rangeley". I'm open to options.

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