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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

Thursday 18 April 2013

Once in awhile a canoe comes into the shop that is out of the ordinary.  This time it is a 17' canoe built by Joe Seliga of ely Minnesota.  Joe is legendary, sadly, I never had the opportunity to meet him.  From what I have heard and read he was a lovely man.

Joe built a nice canoe.  The shape is very fine for tripping, the materials are all of excellent quality and well shaped and fitted.  It is a very honest and refined build without getting "precious".

This one is in pretty good shape, needing only a few repairs, mostly sand and refinish the varnish, new canvas, fill, and paint.  There is evidence of prior repairs, a few replaced ribs, some rib repairs, etc.  All well done by, I am lead to believe, Roger Redwin who lives and works in my neighbouring town of Landmark Mb.

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