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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

Monday 17 September 2012

The old Kildonan freighter canoe is nearing completion!  Yeah!  This old boat was really beat up when it came in, it falls into the category of "Its probably better to just build a new boat".  New inwales, deck, stems, transom, many rib repairs, sanding, painting, etc.

Here you can see the new bow stem installed and the stern stem being laminated and installed.  Sometimes I prefer to laminate up a new stem in order to have the curve match up exactly to where it needs to go.  Steam bending always has some springback and its difficult to match to an old boat exactly.  The inned has a small knee added to it and the transom mounts to this.  There is an inner and an outer stern stem, the outer will be a continuation of the keel.

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