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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

Thursday 7 June 2012

I showed some paddle making to the guys working in the shop with me.  This fellow seems to have really taken to it, like he's got the fever!  This is a generation that is caught between traditional and modern culture and is struggling to find itself.  In a small, isolated community such as Fort Severn, there is not a lot for the young people to get passionate about.  Really, though, its not that different from any other community, just more concentrated and obvious.

Here Herman is doing some layout and discussing paddle making with one of the local elders.  I later found out that the elder is also the grandfather of his girlfriend.  Hopefully this sort of thing can help family relations.

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