Meet Your Carvers

We are Heath and Hillary Bender, and we have been creating chainsaw art in the Northeastern United States since 1991.

Cedar Mountain Designs has been our full-time passion for over a decade. We’ve journeyed across all of America, participating in shows, benefits, and competitions of all kinds. Most of our wildlife-based pieces are crafted out of eastern white pine, but throughout our many years of carving we’ve used a variety of hardwood and softwood species to create a particular desired effect in specific pieces.

Our subject matter expands far beyond wildlife. We’ve fashioned countless types of furniture, décor, signs, and so much more with our chainsaw blades, showcasing our handiwork in a myriad of equally endearing and extraordinary manners. And as artists, we’re always looking for new ways to give expression to the Lord's creation. After many wonderful years in Pennsylvania, we've recently relocated to upstate New York, and we look forward to many more years of life in the Northeastern United States as chainsaw artists.

Attention to every detail.

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Attention to every detail.

Preserve. Image


In every carving we do, the life of the log we start with is preserved for posterity in the beautiful finished product.

Protect. Image


With care for our forests, our ‘naturally-downed trees first’ approach protects as much of the surrounding beauty as possible.

Respect. Image


Our absolute best goes into every carving we do, out of respect for the origin of our canvas and for the satisfaction of our clients.


  • "You truly created a masterpiece of epic scale! I can't tell you how pleased Kathi and I are to showcase it in our home. Thanks so very much Heath and Hillary—it was a pleasure working with you and we could not be happier."

    — Roger and Kathi

  • "We can’t wait to display your artwork. We LOVE our bear and can’t thank you enough for your handiwork and for taking the time to carve it for us."

    — Sylvia B., USA

  • "The bear they carved looks so nice in our outdoor kitchen. The grand kids really love him and it really makes the pavilion look cozy. What a great job."

    — Debbie M., USA

  • "Thanks for the excellent work on the carvings.They are absolutely exceptional and I know I’ll enjoy them for a long time."

    — Dave T., USA

  • "The mantle and carvings were just gorgeous! We opened up the crate and couldn’t believe how great they all looked. The wood they chose for the mantle was stunning and the carvings were perfect."

    — Kris B., USA

  • "Such a fantastic job on the bench—it is so special. It was a pleasure doing business with you; I’m sure we’ll be getting more bears from you in the future."

    — Elaine, USA

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