A summer project with a few buddies led to the founding of this week’s All New American featured Monday Maker.
Inspiration came from their annual canoe trips. The entrepreneurs spent an entire summer, working on nights and weekends, to build a cedar-strip canoe for their next wilderness adventure.
With some of the extra cedar they crafted a few paddles and hit the waters.
The canoe didn’t sink and they really enjoyed using paddles that they had crafted themselves.
From that starting point cousins Zak Fellman and Todd Randall set out on the journey that has become Sanborn Canoe Co.
Inspired by the voyageurs who travelled the landscape of the new world in elaborately painted canoes and paddles, Zak and Todd added a new edition to their brand.
In the fall of 2012, they launched their Artisan Painted Paddle line to carry on the traditions of another voyageur era.
Over the past few years they’ve begun to fill out their brand with an explorer’s line of quality American Made goods crafted around the culture of the Canoeist.
Each of their gear items has both feet firmly planted in the canoe world with a beckoning hand or two introducing folks to their world of canoeing.
So if you pick up one of their wool beanies or a hudson bay camp axe inspired by the voyageur era,
they hope you’ll feel the pull to pack your bag and hit the woods, rivers and lakes that beckon.
Team All New American presents another American small business. Sanborn Canoe Co., based in Winona, MN has been making quality American Made artisan painted wilderness paddles and gear for the avid canoeist.
Zak and Todd can be proud to be a part of the ‘American Made’ community that is fuel for the engine that powers America.
Thank you for giving us your time today. Have a great week. The Team.