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.
Visit our in-person retail store, BaseCamp Provisions, located at our shop at 4110 W. 5th Street, Winona MN. A collaboration with the Winona Outdoor Collaborative, shop a unique selection of handcrafted goods from kitchen tools to canoe paddles to canoes, shop our unique selection of art and apparel, and even check out Driftless Thrift, a section dedicated to lightly used consignment goods.
You can stop in during our regular store hours (Wed. and Thu. 2-5pm, Fri. and Sat. 9am - 2pm), but our crew is at work in the workshop M-F from 9-3pm so we'll try to accommodate drop-ins during those hours as well.