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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

Wednesday 22 May 2013

New batch of paddles for May. An Historic Voyageur in dark cedar and walnut, a Malecite blade/Classic grip in medium cedar and Cherry., and a double-blade canoe paddle in dark cedar.
In the first photo you can see a profile of the grip end of the cedar/walnut paddle.  I taper the cedar core down to a fine point before gluing on the walnut shaft facings.  This eliminates the large block of soft wood at the end of the grip and allows the walnut facings to be continuous from the shaft to the grip.  Next step is to glue on the "wings" for the side of the grip.

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