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Sanborn Canoe Co.

American Made Since 2009

Zak Fellman

Winona, Minnesota
Sanborn Canoe Co. is a canoeing brand concerned with fine craftsmanship, great design and a firm observance of heritage.

Tell us about your business.

SANBORN CANOE COMPANY, at its origin, was a summer hobby by a few buddies to build a cedar-strip canoe with little more knowledge than we had gleaned from a how-to book, purchased at the local bookstore. By the end of that first summer we had a sturdy canoe and a keen interest in crafting a few paddles to ply it. Learning everything the hardest way possible, it seemed, by trial and error we succeeded in carving out a few paddles. Those first paddles led to the desire to learn more and then more about paddle making, until we had made more paddles than we could ever use. And curiously to us, some folks liked them. Wham-Bang, Sanborn was born!

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Stay true to yourself.

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