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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
P.O. Box 78, Grp 4, RR 2
Lorette, Manitoba
Canada
R0A 0Y0




Thursday, June 30, 2011

And away she goes.


And some more.




The new rowboat is finished!  Time for some wrap-up photos.



Thursday, June 9, 2011


And I started getting the stem band on.
Nice oarlocks deserve nice oarlock pads.



More parts for the rowboat: two leeboards, a rudder, and two mast collars that I made of fiberglass to simulate the brass ones on the Bailey.




It took some searching, but I found these stainless steel clamp nuts for the leeboard hardware.

The leeboard thwart took some doing, but its done now, too.  Half of the work was research, and finding the hardware!  Some of I couldn't find so I had to make, that would be the angle brackets at the ends.  On a sailing canoe these used to be available in brass, and I suppose that I could have made some in brass given more time.  I made these  from many layers of fiberglass, then painted them black.

This is how the leeboard thwart sits on the boat and how the leeboard itself is fastened.



After a lot of shaping, sanding, and varnishing, the 4 oars and the spars are done.