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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 20 January 2012

One final view of Bob's Boreal "Y" stern all done and awaiting pick-up. Its tough to get a nice shot of a canoe inside the shop.

I've often been asked about how it must be hard to invest so much of yourself into building a canoe like this.  "Oh it must be so hard to see it go!".

The truth is  You build enough canoes (or guitars -whatever...) and you finish one and it goes out the door. You don't weep, you don't moan, you just sweep the floor and say "Right, Next!", and move on to the next project like the Jesus Lizard running across the water because you have bills to pay and you sink if you stop running

And the next project is always more exciting anyway.

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