Welcome to Zapf Legacy Canoes

We have chosen our name after much thought on our business. In the mid 1960's when I was around four years old, my father started building wood-strip canoes. I grew up with our family building these beautiful redwood and cedar canoes. Today my wife and I carry on this family tradition. My father passed onto us something we take great pride in. The third generation, our daughters, have grown up as I did learning this craft. And yes, Grandpa was there to help pass on this legacy of canoe building... a Zapf Legacy.

Our phone number has changed to: 320-420-4962

Made in the USA

US Coast Guard Registered Manufacturer

Zapf Legacy Canoes - Katadyn

Cedar strip canoe on display at Katadyn Group

Zapf Legacy Canoes - Tommy Hilfiger

Canoe on display at Tommy Hilfiger

2013 Emerging Individual Artist Award Reciepient from McKnight Foundation and Central MN Arts Board


3rd Place in Best of 52 Booths at Millstream Arts Festival, St. Joseph, MN.


Watch our video of a customer's maiden voyage!

"Happy Birthday! I can't think of anything better than to 
paddle your way toward a new year of your life experience.......

"Thank you Steve and Amy for building Kichi my 12 foot solo cedar strip canoe. Her beauty enhances my perception of the natural world around her as I paddle quietly through my river voyages. Everywhere we stopped on our trip home to Massachusetts brought people around the car topped beauty to admire and inquire about her graceful lines and inlaid pattern design. The experience on the water is pure meditation. The natural materials, without the need of metal staples is another unique construction feature of the canoe that heightens the aesthetics of this wonderful craft for me. Steve and Amy, your skills, artistry and craftsmanship infuse the spirit of this special water craft with joy, peace and a sense of wellness, I am truly one grateful paddler.

See you on the water,
Jeff Melzack"