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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 17 January 2013

Gotta love it when a canoe comes in for work and all it needs is new varnish and canvas. 17' Chestnut Cruiser "Cronje". What I find particularly interesting about this canoe, other than the fact that I really like its shape, is that it is really well built for an Oromocto era Chestntut. Chestnuts from this time are usually pretty crude, like the crews building them didn't really care. A couple of interesting points: under the green paint are traces of the original Chestnut "grey", which is actually a mossy green; and there are screw head impressions in a lot of the ribs from the screw heads of the mold strapping sitting proud of the metal straps. Nobody bothered to sand them out.

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