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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

Monday 12 September 2011

I've been having a run of composite canoes come in with broken or rotting gunnels.

Too many people treat wood gunnels on a canoe the same as they would aluminum gunnels. You can't. They need to be stored in a dry place and the finish needs to be kept up. This is not helped by canoe manufaturers who are hard pressed to make any money at canoe building and feel pressed to keep their retail prices low. So, to do that, they maybe get one coat of an oil finish on the outer surfaces of the wood. Canoe owners usually work with the assumption that that is enough.

Then the canoes come to me looking like this.

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