In 1984, Tom Littledeer hypothesized that a non-flat, scoop-shaped paddle would make canoeing easier. He designed The original Pot Scoop and tested a variety of different models with Olympic canoeists and at the National Research Council. When The Stowe Canoe Company in Vermont decided to produce his original paddle, Tom made a series of miniature promotional paddles for the launch, and these first scooped paddles evolved into the Pot Scoop...the first wooden spoon deliberately designed not to crack.
The Mapleware® line has since expanded to include an extensive selection of comfortable, multi-purpose cooking, serving, and eating utensils, all made of heat-enduring, beautiful hard maple.
The family-owned company promotes the use of sustainable production and equitable business practices under its slogan “tread tenderly.”