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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

You gotta love how some canoes are built. This particular one has a Kevlar structure but with a thickened resin core. Most of the time this works fairly well. The problem is when you hit something hard, like a rock, and the resin core fractures. It often delaminates internally and there is nothing holding the inner and outer laminate skins together, so its a soft, floppy spot.

To fix it one of the skins needs to be ground off, the fractured core picked out or ground out, refilled, and new skins laminated over top. Then it all needs to be sanded smooth and given a finish. At this point most people opt for a shot of spray paint that is a near match as this is much cheaper than going through the work of colour matching gelcoat and polishing it to a gloss that matches the hull.

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