A Sanborn Canoe Co. painted paddle is the perfect statement for your home or cabin. Each paddle is handmade and hand painted using premium hardwoods and a dedication to craftsmanship and detail. Whether you're looking to bring a splash of color to your cabin or just bring a little outdoors sensibility into your home, the numerous, exclusive Sanborn designs can be paired to any taste. While these paddles are typically used for decor, they're also finished in such a way that you can pick it up and put it in the water at any point, making it a truly functional art piece.
Any old name can give a bit of information, but the best names tell a story. Maquoketa or Maquaw-Autaw from the Meskwaki language translates to English as Bear River. While the story may be lost to the fog of time, legend has it the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming was formed when a giant, hungry bear chased two Lakota girls in search of lunch. The girls prayed to the Great Spirit to be saved. The Great Spirit caused the rocks to rise high into the sky. Still in pursuit, the bear scratched and clawed at the cliff, carving deep marks in the rock. Despite his fury, the bear wasn’t able to climb the sheer rock face. Beaten, he turned and slunk away. Perhaps, it was this very same giant bear, smarting from recent defeat, he skulked his way along the banks of the Maquoketa. Coming upon a cave, he crawled deep inside and sleeps there still.