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.
Read more about the origins of Otter Creek Smallcraft.