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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 27 January 2012

I had about an hour left at the end of yesterday before I closed the shop for the day. I had put the final coat of paint on the new Cruiser and couldn't risk making dust, not now! What to do? I decided to continue cutting out the pegbox for the Viola da Gamba that I have been working on. So now most of the wood has been removed and the refining is left. Once this is done I can fit it to the garland, which is what the assembled sides are called before the top and back are on. After it has been fitted I can continue work on the back and top.

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