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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

Tuesday 30 April 2013

A little further work on the viol fingerboard. Sort of. This is a dummy fingerboard and a dummy bridge made solely for the purpose of working out the geometry of the parts. The dummy bridge was made to the pattern shown on my plans. With the cedar fingerboard I was able to determine that I needed to lower the surface of the neck where it joins the body. That done, I am now confident that my parts will align into the right neighbourhood. Presently, with a 2mm spacer sitting at the nut, a straight edge has 6mm clearance over the end of the fingerboard. This is a mid-range value based upon the info that members here provided to me last week, for which I am grateful. I can now proceed on the actual parts confident that there will be range for fine-tuning.

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