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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 21 December 2012

Awhile back a local musician asked me to make up a fiberglass flight case for his guitar.  For many years Calton Cases out of Calgary had been the "go-to" case for travelling musicians.  Sadly, with new ownership, quality and customer service tanked.  So with this in mind, the request came in.  You can see the Calton case at the bottom of this post.

I decided to simplify the shape for a variety of reasons, partly construction, but also providing more interior space within the same overall size.  I also decided to make it glass over foam, in this case 1/2" Pink insulation foam.  The inside will be glassed as well making it a foam core structure.  The foam is glued together with regular woodworking glue.  While not a very strong joint, it is strong enough to hold it while sanding and glassing.  The foam is kerfed where it needs to bend around the corners.  Simple packing tape is enough for clamping.

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