Each Sanborn Canoe Co. paddle is handcrafted in Winona, Minnesota. So please allow approximately 6 to 8 weeks to arrive upon order. Every Gunflint wooden canoe paddle is handmade from beautiful western red and white cedar to be both lightweight and extremely durable. The slightly wider blade and 14-degree bend at the throat allow for a powerful stroke, great for those windy days when you have to keep a good line across the lake. The blade is sheathed in fiberglass and a hard epoxy tip is added to ward off pesky logs and rocks. And the dedicated t-grip, indexed shaft, and thin blade are all designed to remove stress from your hands and joints. This paddle is as rugged as the wilderness that surrounds the Gunflint Trail to which it owes its name. Used by countless people over the centuries the Gunflint Trail connected the inland lakes to Lake Superior first by a footpath navigated by the Sioux and Ojibwa peoples. And still today it is as much the main transportation to that portion of our beloved canoe country as is County Road 12 in northern Minnesota.