Country Store &
Bear Country Gifts
At Lake Almanor
Largest Chainsaw Carving Retailer in Northern California
“We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents”
All About Us
Inspiring Love for the Arts
Canyon Dam Store & Bear Country Gifts is owned by William Girvin, also known as "Mike". With a knack for creativity and the ability to percieve the world in new ways, Mike assembled an amazing group of creative and talented carvers, all who shared one dream of creating a fun work enviroment with life long friends, doing what each does best, and revolving around one main passion: Art! Since our beginning we’ve expanded our team, added an online store with shipping options and boosted our collection. Browse our site and who knows it may even spark the creative talent in YOU!
Bear Country Carver's
Store Owner & Carver
Bringing the Art to You
Custom In-Home Carving's
Classes & Demonstrations
You Dream It, We Make It Happen!
Putting The Life Back Into Your Favorite, Old & Weathered Carvings.
Learn Chainsaw Carving, or Book Some Added Entertainment To Your Next Event!
Product Care & Important Information
All our products are made from dead or fallen cedar unless our product is labeled redwood. The cedars that we use for our carvings come from many of the recent Northern California forest fires. Chip's Fire and Paradise's Camp Fire name just two that we get our wood, harvesting the dead and left behind cedar and redwood. Read below for reasons on why we choose to carve our products from cedar and redwood.
While other wood species are available, cedar is our wood of choice. Cedar is a lightweight and dimensionally stable wood that lies flat and stays straight. Which means it resists the natural tendency to crack and check, as you might find in many other wood species. Keep in mind that "all" wood cracks and checks but cedar does so less than others. Cedar fibers and natural occurring oils give off a distinct cedar aroma that makes the wood highly unattractive to insects, moths and other pest. These same elements act as natural perservatives to help resist rot and decay. Cedar also has a resistance to bacteria and fungas, coupled with the fact that Cedar is 80% the strength of Oak, makes it the most desirable wood to use for building outdoor furniture, fences, decks, planter boxes, raised garden beds, outdoor sauna and hot tub enclosures.
Cedar, left unfinished, weathers to a silver-gray, and gives a no-maintenance look preferred by many. And without any attention at all, and all cedar's natural anti fungal properties, your carving will still most likely out live your grandkids. For those of you on the other side of the petinad fence, you may want to preserve the "fresh look" of your carving once you first recieve it. If this is you, then keep reading. Your carving will be carved then lightly sanded with 40 grit grinder pads to round off any sharp edges or corners, afterwards, we will give your carving some color and highlight its curves while bringing out all of cedars beautiful grain. This look is amazing, but in order to kep this look your going to want to make sure that it stays out of the sun until you can put a few coats of finish on it. This will prevent any fading that the sun will do and keep it from turning silver. When buying a finish be sure to buy one with an outdoor UV protectant, like one used for decks, fences or buy a marine finish. Doing this step once ever couple a years will protect it from the harsh sun and will always have that same "fresh look" it had, the day it came to you.
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It's Good To Know Ahead Of Time! Here Are Our Upcoming Scheduled Dates & Times
For Some Of Our Outside Sales Locations
*Scheduled dates & times are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact Bear Country Gifts or the location we are scheduled for before coming out to meet us.
11464 Donner Pass Rd
Labor Day Weekend
Aug 30th, 31st & Sep 1st, 2nd
Fri-Mon 8:30am - 4:30pm
Treasures From Paradise
969 Bille Rd
Every Other Weekend
Friday - Sunday
Fri - Sun 8:30am - 4:30pm
Outside Sales Locations & Our Friends
Below you can meet all the businesses with whom we have been doing business with for over 7 years and happy to be affiliated alongside their name and feel lucky that we get to sell our products next to theirs....
Everyone here at Bear Country Gifts take pride and value every relationship created with the people that we meet. Mutual respect, ethical commitment, maintaining constant credibility, and showing our integrity are the basis for all of our relationships. The businesses listed below are businesses with similar values and therfore, we have been able to maintain long, trusted and mutually beneficial relationship's with. We are forever thankful to these businesses and always proud to say that we know you. From all of us here at Bear Country Gifts, we thank you! Other special thanks to our friends at the motels we use while we out on the road, you make it feel as close to home as possible for us, thank you!