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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 16 April 2011

It seemed to take forever to scrape the inside of the boat clean along the planking seams! But now, finally done, I can get on with the task of fitting the inside gunnels, the floors, and the rest of the interior trim.

Even though this is a glued lapstrake plywood boat, and the gunnels are often fixed using epoxy, I am going to fasten the gunnels on using only screws. I have worked on enough boats with glued on gunnels to know how much I hate not being able to remove them! So I give the sheerstrake a sealer coat of varnish, as well as the back and under side of the interior gunnel.

Then I set about the task of developing patterns for the floors. These tie the flat sections of the boats bottom together and give the floor boards something to rest on. In a traditionally built boat, one with ribs, the ribs themselves do that task. At this point the tops are still flat all the way across, I will be shaping them finer later. While a flat floor is nice, the "V" shape of the boat at the ends would cause the floor boards to rise significantly.

Here you can see the inner gunnels clamped in place awaiting screws, as well as the floors cut out, shaped to fit the changing shape of the boat interior, and epoxied in place. Next step is to screw the gunnels in place and start fitting the riser for the seat/thwarts.

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