Sequim diner hosts ‘Chainsaw for Change’ bear designer

Ray Schulz works on a bear he’s carving for the Captain Joseph House Foundation.  - Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash
Ray Schulz works on a bear he’s carving for the Captain Joseph House Foundation.
— image credit: Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

If you’ve been to a Black Bear Diner, then you’ve seen Ray Schulz’s work.

The franchise’s go-to-bear carver brought back his expertise to Sequim on June 21 as part of the franchise’s “Chainsaw for Change” tour to help out the Captain Joseph House Foundation.

For three years, Schulz, of the Spokane area, has gone on a tour visiting different franchises and carving a bear for a local charity. This year he visited California, Oregon, Nevada and Utah in May before making a special trip to Sequim with his family.

He carved one bear for a raffle to benefit the Captain Joseph House Foundation and another “combat” bear as a tribute to veterans at the Sequim diner.

The raffle is $5 per ticket or five for $20 and continues through July 20 with the drawing on July 21, at the diner, 1471 E. Washington St.

All proceeds go to the Captain Joseph House Foundation to help Betsy Reed Schultz, the founder of the foundation, reach her goal of building “a living memorial to her son and to carry on his mission of serving others” in the form of a home capable of housing up to three families of fallen soldiers for respite.

Schulz created the Sequim bears adorned at the diner and estimates he’s made more than 1,400 for the whole franchise after 17 years. Each carving takes about three hours, he said, before Darren Finnigan with Schulz’s NorthWoods Sculpture business, sands and stains them.

Schulz said he perfected designing bears years ago but new challenges always come up.

“I’m always asked to do new things so the subject matter gets bigger and bigger all the time,” he said.

For more information on Schulz, visit

For more information on Captain Joseph House, visit Contact Sequim’s diner at 360-504-2950 or visit


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