Sawyer Paddles & Oars
Peter Newport's roots start right here in southern Oregon: his parents ran the ski shop and taught skiing at Mt. Ashland 50 years ago, and his father graduated in Business/Accounting from SOCC. He was born in Bend, but followed in his dad's footsteps to southern Oregon, and in 2011 became the owner of Sawyer Paddles and Oars. "I've always enjoyed rafting, kayaking and fishing the Rogue and Deschutes rivers," Pete said.
After working with Pepsi-Cola for many years, Pete bought the Bend-based Breedlove Guitar Company. "Master Luthier, Kim Breedlove really taught me about design, woodworking, wood buying, art and overall skills related to woodworking."