About Us

owners san juan canvas sailmaking and canvas reapir san juan islandIn 1972 Peter and Susan Risser formed San Juan Canvas Company and for more than 30 years crafted many a sail and canvas works out of the “little hole in the wall by the sea” which is located just under the San Juan Yacht Club. The Rissers built a solid reputation for high quality sailmaking and canvas, as well as being one of the friendliest shops around welcoming many a wayward sailor into the shop to shoot the breeze. In 2006, the Rissers passed the needle to Patrick and Andra Pillsbury whose continued emphasis on quality, craftsmanship and community goodwill remained the focus at San Juan Canvas.

Owned since 2009 by husband and wife team Derek Steere and Lauren Cohen, San Juan Canvas continues its long tradition of pride in workmanship. Derek and Lauren both possess a lifelong love of boats and all things nautical. As recovering teachers, rather than sail off to the South Seas, we landed here on San Juan Island. After many years of practice listening to clients communicate their needs and dreams in the custom kitchen and bath industry, we got the opportunity to combine communication, design and sewing skills through San Juan Canvas. We strive to provide top notch service and products every time.

See You Soon.
Derek & Lauren