Faribault Woolen Mills, American History That Will Keep You Warm.

Like peas and corn, classic boats and Faribault Woolen blankets.

Like  Peanut butter and jelly, Glaze on a doughnut, peas and carrots, varnish and mahogany, classic boats and Faribault Woolen blankets.

We welcome to the Woody Boater family the ultimate winter sponsor and official Blankets and scarves of Woody Boater. Fellow long time Woody Boater “Rabbit” has become a a partner in the Faribault Woolen Mills in Minnesota. We can not be more excited to have them as part of our family here. As an owner of several of their blankets I can personally attest to the fact that these are the best and most authentic blankets out there. They match your boat perfectly and the feel of a Faribault Woolen scarf is amazing. By the way, scarfs are very trendy this year.

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I see a scarf in your boatress’s future. she will think for once you thought of her first, not your boat. It’ll be our little secret.

Now if you are thinking, hey I have a blanket or scarf I got at Cheapmart. You need to go outside and melt that sucker. These are American made wool they don’t melt.. But will melt the heart of your loved one!. We are going to ask the ACBS to deduct points if your blanket on your boat is from China. OK, maybe not, but I sure would like to. Maybe I just did? Anyway…..Below is some of history of the Mills, and after you read all about them, if you are interested in getting some nice Wool..Act now!



Does it get any better!

Does it get any better! You can wrap yourself in real history!

The Mills were founded in 1865 (yes, the year Lincoln died) and has run continuously since, with the exception of 2009-2011. The Mooty family from Minneapolis bought it after it closed, invested in the mill, and created a product line based largely on designs in the archives that are now found in the finest stores all over the country and around the world.

100% American Made!

100% American Made!


It’s one of the only mills in America that gets raw American-grown wool and processes it in house from start to finish. The mill is nestled on the banks of the Cannon River in the Land of Lakes, and it’s an inspiring, beautiful place that people take pilgrimages to. They make blankets, throws, scarves and accessories and supply some finished product in partnership with major brands in the USA.

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E3v571hjIfWuJ45DXJbIm3-GGfewU0tDODkW5zTQuTUThey have made blankets for the US Military since 1865 and our US Navy, Army and Coast Guard blankets are some of the hottest items at the hippest stores right now. They also look great draped across the seat of a woody. Most of their blankets are washable, so they’re great on a boat. And in a cabin, or man cave or boathouse. Or under a Christmas tree! Hint hint!

 You can also LIKE them on Facebook here and stay in touch with all the latest Woolen News.

19 replies
  1. Randy Rush Captain Grumpy
    Randy Rush Captain Grumpy says:

    So let me see if I got this right. If I buy the blanket my boat will look like the boat in the picture? And if I buy the scarf , my wife will look like the blonde in the picture?
    Well im in, where do I buy them?

  2. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Thanks, Matt. Faribault Woolen Mills is proud to be part of the Woody Boater family. For some reason, when I started reading this blog every morning I used my boat name to reply: Rabbit. But my name is Bruce Bildsten. Like Matt, until recently I was a creative director at an ad agency -Fallon- where I worked on a lot of “gas and oil” brands over the years: Porsche, BMW and Cadillac. When I had the opportunity to become a partner in this amazing mill it was a dream come true. Like a beautiful woody, our woolens were made to endure for generations, here in the USA. My old log cabin in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin was already filled with Faribault Blankets. And I’ve always had one in the back seat of my 1947 Gar Wood Ensign. We hope to bring out a series of blankets in the future featuring woody designs. Thanks for your support.

    • Alex
      Alex says:

      I’ll gladly check it out.

      My wife is, seemingly, never warm enough, and not just on the boats.

      Unless she is. In which case she’s too warm.

      Female thermostats!

      By the way, if your real name is Bruce, then where did Rabbit come from? THAT many kids?

  3. Randy
    Randy says:

    Beautiful quality product, and guaranteed to last as they are MIA (made in America)! I would even go so far to say that, like our boats, they too can also be ‘restored’ generations in the future.
    Another comment, us ‘cruiser nuts’ are being discriminated against in the fact that we use ‘our’ boats year around as opposed to your ‘seasonable’ runabouts! We need more promotional product shots onboard CRUISERS (where we can really use these products)!!!!!!

  4. Dave Bortner
    Dave Bortner says:

    Congratulations, Bruce, we will look forward to the results of your hand on the tiller at Faribault!

    We love the heritage, history, and products of the Faribault brand.

    We’re happy to have been able to help with boats for photo shoots in the past, and look forward to doing so again!

  5. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Due to a mini heat wave it is 42 today (American 42, not the sweltering Canadian kind) but I am sure it will get darn chilly soon. Perhaps wool would be a wise investment.

    If there was a Chris Craft, CCABC, or (and) Woodyboater blanket I would buy at least one…of each.

    P.s is it me or is the math getting harder?

  6. Old Salt
    Old Salt says:

    Can you make a blanket that automaticly adjusts the temperature to compensate to my wifes hot flashes??
    (Now there is a million dollar idea….)

  7. Steve
    Steve says:

    Big congratulations Bruce (Rabbit). Beautiful product and its so great to see someone who is manufacturing something in America, employing Americans! I am Canadian and we are just as guilty for importing mass quantities from China for cheap.

    The saying ” The bitter taste of poor quality long outlasts the sweetness of a good deal” has never been more true when comparing products these days.

  8. m-fine
    m-fine says:

    Placed an order for a couple of blankets. They costs as much as a few tanks of fuel but I am sure they will last a bit longer.

  9. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Big thanks to none other than Dave Bortner of Freedom Boat Service who donated the Hacker for the photo shoot. He’s always there when you need him. Also, kudos to Woody Boater John Karlson who supervised the photo shoot before I arrived. Now Dave: How about we swap my Ensign for that Hacker, with a few blankets thrown in the deal?

  10. Dane
    Dane says:

    Congratulations on your new vocation Bruce!

    I’m amazed at the iconic brands that sprang up in the towns along the Cannon River.

  11. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Rabbit Bruce, Glad you are now on board at Faribault. This sounds like a very worthwhile and satisfying endeavor. You have my support and I’m headed to the website.

  12. Andreas Jordahl Rhude
    Andreas Jordahl Rhude says:

    Cool, er, I mean warm.

    I wonder if they made the World War I US army blanket of my grandpa that is on one of my beds at home? Or the World War II US navy blanket of my father that I also have at home?


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