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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

Friday 14 October 2011

A very interesting canoe came into the shop last spring. This is an old Chestnut Bob's Special. OK, so while that may make it interesting enough, what really sets this canoe off for me is that it is the very first canoe restoration that I ever did, back in about 1987. It has some interesting construction details that I totally missed first time around. I wish that I had paid more attention to the shaping of the decks and the seat!

This is one of the trio of canoes that I stripped out last week. They are now ready for future work once the winter sets in. Meanwhile I am busy milling ribs and planking for two new canoe builds.

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1 comment:

Joel said...

I am looking forward to see the restoration. I love canoes (wood ones) I haven't built one in a few years now. One of these days I will get around to doing it!