Skip to Main Content

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.

417 Broad St., Salamanca, NY
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.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Man Treed by Bears, Dogs Playing Poker

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Little White Church in the DellLittle White Church in the Dell, Great Valley, NY - 7 mi.
Ski TreeSki Tree, Ellicottville, NY - 9 mi.
Griffis Sculpture ParkGriffis Sculpture Park, East Otto, NY - 15 mi.
In the region:
Karma: Tower of Stacked Humans, Buffalo, NY - 54 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

New York Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Route 66 Experience: Metal Muffler Man, Springfield, Illinois (May 27-Jun 2, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights