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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

Wednesday 29 February 2012

I started the month getting about a dozen or so paddle back orders started.  Finishing them reveled on of the real challenges of running a small business-the paddles were pre-paid but I still needed to earn February's income.  So I had to put them on hold for a little while and get onto some other repair work.  I will be returning to them in about a week.

I needed to make up some new fiberglass plates for use in the reinforced tips.  I laid up a 4 layer panel of black pigmented fiberglass.  After curing overnight I can cut it into pieces using simple scissors.  I tried using the bandsaw in the past, but the blade is dulled very fast.

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