Sanborn Canoe Company began as many of the best things do- with a series of “what-ifs” shared between friends over a campfire. Beginning with little more than a how-to book and some borrowed tools, those dreams took shape in the form of a cedar strip canoe and a quiver of new paddles. Inspired by the deep satisfaction of making something of quality with our own two hands, the idea to build more to share with others was born.
As things grew, we discovered lessons learned on the water translate readily to the needs in the workshop. Slow down and be here because a well-placed blade stroke is meaningful whether you’re wielding paddle or a chisel. Be present because you can only finish anything one step at a time. Don’t rush; put your name on this moment.
Each Sanborn paddle is made by hand using simple tools. The craftsman brands his initial just beneath the grip of a finished paddle signifying we spent our time on the paddle so you can spend your time on the water. We put a lot into each paddle to make it a functional work of art to inspire your next adventure and take you there. No matter the embellishment, at its heart, a paddle is still a simple tool. Because we put our name on it, you know you can trust it.