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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 2 May 2012

A few details on the Brigden M2.

While putting the deck/bulkhead area back together i was guided by the question, "What would Bill do?"  Bill was a pragmatic functionalist.  His solutions were always about what worked and was simple.  To hold the deck plate (a sheet of galvanized sheet metal), and the bulkhead in place, I used a piece of Fir bolted to the gunnels. The holese were already there, so I knew that something was there before. This simple piece doubles as a carry thwart.

Sure looks like something the Bill would have done.

The ends of the gunnels have a small brass plate screwed over top.  Pre existign screw holes were the clue here.  Foot brace was replaced.  Fiberglass tractor seats are set on spruce planks held in place on sheet metal brackets which are suspended from the scres used for the gunnels.

These are some pretty advanced features for 1963.

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