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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

The set up, the geometry of the neck angle, string height, and bridge height, is critical for the playing of any stringed musical instrument.  You can build the best resonating box ever, but if the interface between instrument and musician is crap, well then, nobody will ever want to play it.

So I am working on the neck, fingerboard, and bridge now.

Part of that is ot make up dummy patterns of the the fingerboard and bridge to work out the shapes first.

And another part of that is to prepare some purfling for the fingerboard and tailpiece border.

I also turns out, a discovery that I made after rough cutting the Santos Rosewood Fingerboard, is that many viols had a hardwood laminated over a lighterwieght wood core, in order to keep the mass of the instrument down.

Hmmm, do I or don't I make it that way?  Not too late.  Yet.

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