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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 April 2012

John Hupfield and Mike Ornsby in the kitchen/recruiting office for the Fort Severn canoe restoration project.

Fort Severn in on Northern Ontario just east of the Manitoba border near the shore of Hudson's Bay.  The community has initiated a canoe rebuild program. John and Mike have take up the pilot program which has proved succsesful enough that the community now wants it to be an ongoing program, and they want me involved.  I flew up there last weekend for a meet and greet.

The shop looks like a real happening place now, but three weeks earlier this was a garage for truck and heavy equipement, there were no tools or materials, and the canoes were spread through the community in various states of repair or disrepair.

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