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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

I'm slowly building a steel string guitar, a Gibson L-00 style guitar. I've pretty much stopped playing on steel strings in favour of nylon strings, but I have friends who come over and can't play without picks. I'm tired of having guitar picks put scrapes into my nylons string guitar tops, so I'm putting this together for them to wail on.

I wanted a nice vintage vibe for this guitar so I am going with a traditional herringbone rosette. Not sure if it is traditional to Gibson, but oh well. (Yes, I could look it up if I wanted to, but I wanted a herringbone rosette and that's all there is to it!)

The body of the guitar is Mahogany and the top is spruce.

Its funny, but emotionally I'm not really counting this guitar as a real guitar build...

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