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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

Saturday 30 March 2013

I can feel it in my bones that it is now time to get back to painting!  However, I really prefer working large scale, like 3' x 5' and larger, but I am running low on paint supplies, I'm trying to be thrifty  and I just don't have the time to invest in working on just a few large paintings.

The only real solution is to work smaller.  I can use what paint I have, get them done in a timely fashion, get more paintings done, and maybe sell and ship some at affordable rates.  They idea here is to kick start my painting mojo into gear.

So I cut up a panel of 3 mm Baltic birch into 8" x 10" panels.  There are 36 of them, should be good for awhile.Having them sit here at the ready is one step close to being able to work on them.  Now I just need to fill up my paint stores and gesso the panels.  I'm thinking of adding a wood rim to the backs of these panels, too, to make them easier fr future mounting.  Easy to do it now rather than later.

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