Trent Preszler makes bespoke wooden canoes at the forefront of artisanal luxury. They have been called "the most beautiful canoes in the world" and featured in Esquire, Robb Report, Financial Times of London, and The Wall Street Journal Magazine. Each canoe is painstakingly molded from hundreds of hand-cut wood strips, then finished with cast bronze trim and hand stitched leather seats. Made by private commission only, it is an exacting process that takes a year to complete. A Preszler Woodshop canoe is a functional work of art meant to be passed down through generations. His artistic practice is imbued with four elements of the outdoorsman:
wood, water, sky, and life.
“The way of a canoe is the way of wilderness,
and of a freedom almost forgotten."
– Sigurd Olson
A South Dakota native, Trent Preszler builds wooden boats in his coastal New York studio. He taught himself woodworking after inheriting a humble toolbox from his father, who died from cancer in 2014.
Trent has written a memoir titled ‘Little and Often,’ which will be published in February 2021 by the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
The YouTube video linked below is a short documentary about Trent’s life that was produced by Newsday and won the 2018 New York Emmy Award for Best Lifestyle Feature.