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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 23 May 2012

I built this stripper canoe back in 1995 and she's in for some refinishing.  I started out building strippers back in the '80's because that is the first canoe building info that I could get.  It wasn't long before I was convinced that I preferred to paint the exterior for both aesthetic reasons as well as practical.  You can refinish a painted finish and have it look great, but a beat up varnished finish will never look great again.

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