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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

Thursday 9 June 2011

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.

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