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Salamanca, New York: Man Treed by Bears, Dogs Playing Poker

Dead tree on someone's lawn, turned into art with a chainsaw. The man who owns the house is the one treed by the bears. Behind the tree is a gazebo with a carving of two men playing poker with dogs.

Address:
417 Broad St., Salamanca, NY
Directions:
West side of town, on the north side of NY-417/Broad St., just west of a red brick church. Look for the "Antler Carvings" sign out front. Private property, in a residential neighborhood; visible from the street.
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Carved poker game.

Carving of a Card Game

The carving is of two dogs and two men playing cards (while a woman looks on). There is a spot for someone else to join the game. The owner of the property loves to talk to people about the carving.

It's located at the residence of the carving of the man being chased up the tree by bears, who is the same man.

[Deborah Mayers, 10/15/2023]

Before any visitor sits in on the poker game, they should first get permission from the homeowner/carver.

Antler chair.

Carving of Man Treed by Bears

Man Cave Stuff: furniture, oddities, antlers, eagles, other wood carvings and turtle rocks (only found in the Finger Lake region of NY). They are experiencing a shortage of antlers, so new works are limited. A fun and interesting place to visit.

[Annie, 08/07/2022]

Carving of Man Treed by Bears.

Carving of Man Treed by Bears

This carving was done with a chainsaw during the last week of August 2018. Bill, the man who lives on the property, hired a chainsaw expert to do the work, but he designed the carving himself (That's Bill on the tree, being chased by the bears). Bill is an artist himself. He carves things from antlers, wood, whale bones -- just about anything. We spent three hours visiting Bill. He was a gracious host, showed us around his workshop, and shared lots of stories about his life.

[Jill Wickham, 09/05/2018]

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