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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 6 February 2013

I've been researching how to make a bow for my wife to use with her viola da gamba, which I am making.  Musicians hold the viols bow completely differently than is common now.  Modern technique has the bow held overhand, the bow is constructed differently, and as a result, the character of how the music is played is very different.

The Baroque bow is shorter, lighter, is held underhand allowing the musician to adjust the tension with their fingers, and it has a clip in frog.  If you were ever thinking that there is little information about building a viol you would be very correct.  There is almost nothing available compared to making, say, a violin!  There is even less available about making a Baroque bow!

This is my first exploration of the clip in frog.  This is NOT how they are actually done...I have since learned. I'll show more of that once I return to the effort.

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