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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

Once all of the woodwork is completed, and the planking is all back on, then I am onto the task of sanding out the entire interior prepping it for new varnish.  I put on two coats of Epifanes spar varnish, which is the only varnish that I use now.

Then prep the outside by sanding and applying linseed oil, then canvas and filler.  New outer gunnels of Red Oak, to match the inners, deck, and other trim (but the decks are Ash) are fabricated and installed and sanded.  After the stem bands are put back on, I am done on this canoe as the owner will be doing the paint and trim varnish.

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