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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

Friday 11 March 2011

Time to make planking patterns. Finally!

A 20' panel of 1/4" thick by 4' wide plywood is ungainly, at best. So I made up some basic patterns from long strips of cardboard, transferred the shape to the plywood, then cut the plywood out oversize.

As you can see, I have plenty of room to work in. Its a real luxury.

Clamped in place I can trace the actual shaped from the ribbands, then refine them.

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