Spotlight: Master Craftsman Keith Backlund

IF YOU HAVE EVER handled a Backlund paddle then you know… There’s something different about them. Something beautiful and loving. Something transcendent there. Something REAL.

Keith Backlund was an artist who breathed life and love into his work. His paddles were handcrafted with tenderness, formed specifically with each individual in mind, constructed with love of the wood and respect of the forest as well as love of the art of paddling and respect of the river. They are show pieces, but rather than being built to hang on a wall, they were built to last on a river, to paddle and power and SURVIVE, just like the paddler him or herself.

Read: Spotlight: Master Craftsman Keith Backlund by M. Toughill.