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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

Monday 29 April 2013

I made a good trade last Friday. You know its a good trade when both parties feel that they got the best part of the deal and walk away happy. This is why I'm happy. This is a vintage sailing rig for fixing to a canoe, and it was originally with a late 1930's Canadian Canoe Co. wood and canvas canoe. The owners had absolutely no intention of ever sailing that canoe, however they really did need some new cedar for rib replacement, so a deal was made. Her is the rig sitting in place on the Seliga that I am working on. Lee boards with leather straps to buckle them to the canoes thwart, clamp on mast partner, short mast with lateen sail of Egyptian Cotton, and a back rest for when you sit on the canoe's floor while sailing. the backrest just happens to have a teeny-tiny Peterborugh Canoe Co. decal under the layers of dark, crust, old, varnish.

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