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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

While I was at my hardwood supplier I was shown some interesting maples, which I just had to buy.  First up is an 11" wide, 4/4, 7' long piece of curly soft maple.  Second is a 7" wide, 4/4, 11' long piece of hard maple with a very interesting "bees wing" or "Waterfall" type of grain rolling diagonally across the width.  Third is a 7" wide 8/4, 10' long piece of hard maple with Bird's eye and curl.

I plan on using these for guitar backs and sides.

Now I need to figure out how best to cut them!

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