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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 10 February 2012

Now that the canoe building is essentially done, I can get onto some of the other work that is waiting. First up is a pair of 9 1/2' oars. These will be going to Cross Lake, Mb and will be used in the canoe races there. These are built with a cedar core and blade, and Fir faces and sides further up the loom. The fir is used both for strength and to increase the mass inboard for better balance. AS the cedar was low cross grain strength I applied a thin, 2 0z., layer of fiberglass on the blade and extreme end of the shaft. There is also a band of walnut around the perimeter of the blade for edge protection.

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