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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

Saturday 23 April 2011

Had to decide on what to use for floorboards. I should have planned out the floor placements based upon the length of available stock. Alas, what I had planned to use was just on the short side. Long enough, but just. Luckily, I had some other stock that was longer, and nicer, too.

It took awhile to plan out how to lay out the floorboards for best fit, etc. It took quite awhile, too, to cut and mill it. Imagine holding a 2" x 3", 15 foot long piece of Fir and feeding it into the bandsaw cutting off very precise 1/2" thick slices. I had no room for error and the long end sticking out from the saw is awkward and heavy!

I had to adjust the floors, too, to get everything to lay our just right. While I was at it, I adjusted my floor patterns so next time this will all go easier. I took notes of the floorboard dimensions for the same reason.

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