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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

Repair work for February includes a 13' Huron and a 16' Brigden.

I had done some work on the Huron a few years ago and the client was going to finish it off, but he never did get the time to do it, so he brought it back.  All I needed to do was sand and varnish the interior 2 coats, prep and paint the exterior, install and varnish new gunnels, and install the stem bands.

The Brigden was an old one, 1970, and it has decks that I have never seen before but quite like on a Brigden.  Galvanized sheet metal!  Usually Brigdens have varnished masonite or s sheet of formica.  Prep and paint the hull, make and install new gunnels, and re-fill the seats with new webbing make up this job.

I'm running out of shop space for working...

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