Otter Creek

~ elegant lightweight cedar strip canoes
hand-crafted to order in Vermont

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Introducing Otter Creek Smallcraft

Nestled in the Champlain Valley of Vermont, Otter Creek Smallcraft offers a line of gorgeous, hand-crafted, cedar-strip canoes, works of art that are intended for use, built to be paddled, and proven to perform. Sole proprietor, Peter Macfarlane, long-time paddler, designer and builder of these canoes, lovingly fashions raw lumber into delicate curves that cleave water, working alone* and focussed every step of the way until applying the last lick of varnish, ensuring that his vision is brought to life, that every boat meets his two chief criteria: handling excellence and visual elegance.

Every commission is fully discussed with the client, and the build is tailored to the client's requirements, ensuring that you have not only a unique craft but also, and more importantly, a craft that is a perfect match for you, not a compromise. To that end it is strongly recommended, if you can make it, to come for a test paddle in the small stock of canoes kept for personal use.

*A newly introduced service gives the customer the opportunity to participate in the build of their canoe, whether full-time or part-time. See Guided Build for more details.

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Why choose Otter Creek Smallcraft?

  • Otter Creek Smallcraft canoes are beautiful to handle, both on and off the water.
  • Of all the beautiful wooden canoes on the market, these designs are available exclusively from Otter Creek Smallcraft.
  • Costruction of an Otter Creek Smallcraft canoe is adjusted as necessary, ensuring the craft is tailored to your specifications
  • An Otter Creek Smallcraft canoe is built to withstand the rigours of use, not just as a showpiece.
  • You may never need or wish to buy another canoe. The scratches of everyday use can easily be removed with a re-finish, restoring the shine of a new canoe.
  • Buying an Otter Creek Smallcraft canoe is an expression of support for small businesses.
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Otter Creek Smallcraft Canoe and Kayak ®
Sole Proprietor: Peter Macfarlane
1379 Mountain Road, Vergennes, VT 05491, USA
Website design & Logo design © Peter Macfarlane