Azland Traditions

Building & Restoring Wood Canvas Canoes


The Story

wood canvas canoe

Azland Traditions started in 1973, as a custom leather works shop and wood finishing service. Then in 1977, Tom, and his wife Jan and daughter Jessica, found the right piece of land, cleared it, and lived in a temporary cabin, while Tom built the hand sculpted log home , they live in today. There have been many additions since then, including a timber frame work shop and the attached dedicated canoe shop. Azland Traditions has grown into a full service, wood-canvas canoe shop. Building new and restoring the old. Azland Traditions is dedicated in keeping the traditional wood-canvas canoe craft alive, by building and restoring each canoe, with the time tested techniques used  since the late 1800’s, when wood-canvas canoe building began. 

Wood Canvas Canoes


Wood Canvas Canoes

Building  The 16’ White Light Tripper

Two Models:

The Lightweight Tripper — 52 lbs Trimmed in Spruce
The Standard Tripper — 62 lbs Trimmed in hardwoods  

Restoration Shop for Older Wood Canvas Canoes

Contact us for more information based on your specific canoe

Private Canoe Building & Restoration Classes Available

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Leather Works


"The Original Saddle Seat"

A premium leather solo-bow seat

Custom Bridle Leather Belts    

The Shop

There is always an ongoing project in the shop and visitors are welcome. It’s best to call ahead. We may be off paddling or just doing errands.

The leather shop offers top quality goods. You may choose to pick up a premium bridle leather belt for yourself or as a gift. The “Original Saddle Seat” is made from the finest bridle leather, for outdoor use. The “Saddle Seat” hangs on the inwales and supports the paddler in the traditional kneeling position, and keeps the paddler comfortable even on long paddles.








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Azland Traditions

91 Ruffled Road, Henniker, NH 03242



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