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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 12 January 2012

Been working the L-00 along. On the classical guitars I apply a shellac finish in a French Polish. On this gutiar I am trying a varnish finish. A number of guitar makers are turning to varnish as a finish as Nitrocellulouse laquer is risky to use for small shops, what with all of those nasty chemicals it requires.

Anyway that you look at it, applying a finish is a long, tedious, and challenging process. I hate factory guitars for setting public expectations to evaluate a guitar on how perfect the finish is.

Anyway, the Mahogany and Spruce is looking lovely.

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