Where form meets function

All I want for Christmas is a hand-crafted wooden boat. At this point, it is between a canoe from Klassen or a kayak from previously featured Guillemot Kayaks. Both produce stunning craft, equally suited to hitting the water or conspicuous display. Klassen, run by John Klassen, incorporates magnificent inlay in the canoe design. Needless from a boat building point of view, fantastic from an aesthetic one.

Klassen was inspired by his grandfather, an accomplished carpenter, and father, a canoe guide, and began building boats 30 years ago. Located in Whitefish, MT, each Klassen boat is built from 200 hours of John’s devoted attention.

In short, boats like these are the American made product that really make my mouth water.

Detailed images of wicked canoes after the jump.

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