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This is turning into a week of “help me find” questions (and that’s great – glad to help). Leslie in Arizona posted the following comment this morning…

Last summer my family toured much of the southwest in a RV. Our three week vacation did much to help the economy as part of the purpose of the trip was to buy furnishings and such for a new log home we are building in Arizona. Oh my, did we pack that RV with goodies.

During our vacation, I saw a paper towel holder that looked like it was carved wood with 2 or 3 bears climbing op the side of the holder. I got distracted at the time and forgot to buy it, and now am looking everywhere for this cute holder. Do you have any ideas as to where I might find such an item?

Leslie, I think I have good news for you. I would be willing to bet that I know exactly the paper towel holder you are inquiring about. In our part of the country, similar items are available from gift shops and tourist-related stores everywhere. In fact, one famous creator of some of these carvings actually lives here in NW Montana. A fellow by the name of Jeff Fleming is well known for his carving of bears, which are cast into everyting from bookends to paper towel holders. This may not be a Fleming original, but a retailer with whom I have dealt with personally, specializes in rustic decorating and lodge-type furniture and I found the following…

This looks to me like the product you described. If not, do a search on their website to see what else they might have. According to their website… they offer

the largest selection of cabin accessories. Search for products in these popular categories, rustic furniture, cabin bedding and cabin furniture. Shop for 1000’s of cabin decor items including rustic lighting, lodge decor and rustic chandeliers. Our home decor store offers a vast collection of rustic merchandise such as lodge bedding, antler chandeliers and bear bedding. Black Forest Decor is the ultimate source for lodge furniture and rustic decor. New arrivals this month can be found in our cabin bedding category, bear decor & gifts and bear bathroom category. You can also shop by room or theme, like rustic bathroom and moose decor. We have added new items to our antler lighting, old hickory furniture and rustic lamps collections. New home decor and lodge decor items are added weekly, so please keep checking with us for the latest on cabin decorating ideas. Our products have been featured in several publications, including Log Home Living, Cabin Life, Log Home Design Ideas and Log Homes Illustrated.”

That’s a pretty impressive list of items, but I can tell you from personal experience, the quality of their products is excellent. My bride and I have purchased a number of things from Black Forest and have always been pleased. Bear Cubs Paper Towel Holder – or to search for other items – click here

Best of luck, and hope this helps!

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