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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 7 March 2011

Lapstrake planking is all about getting the lines of the planking to lie sweet and fair. You'd think that putting 8 little strips of wood on each side wouldn't be that much work. But it is! Everything has to line up just right.

Stems and keelson, and transom are made, joined, and in place. Rough bevel on the transom and stems, ready to be refined once I can offer the planking to it.

The tie down strap is useful in keeping the ribbands more or less under control while I set them into their proper location, then they are removed.

A view from aft. The Bailey Whitehall transom is poetry, as far as transoms go.

And two and a half pieces of 1/4" Fir plywood is joined into a 20' piece for planking patterns. I'll uses some cardboard to get an approximation, then transfer that shape to this plywood, rough cut it, offer it to the mold, then refine the shape so that I can get the planking shape out of the good planking material with the minimum of waste and hassle.

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