My 8 year old found a Smokey Bear chainsaw blade scabbard when we were picking at a scrap metal yard. (We’re not weird – the hubs is a cast iron enthusiast). It’s in very good condition with no tears and just a few scuffs. Unlike some, it does not have a chainsaw company name on one side. Both sides are identical. I tried to research this, and one forum called it a “double Smokey,” but I am not sure if that is tongue in cheek or the true nickname.
Can any of your members appraise it? I am actually more interested in the story behind the production of Smokey Bear chainsaw blade covers; I would love to know the history of that product. I saw a couple on Ebay and read that they were made for a few of the popular chainsaw manufacturers, but that’s about it. I apologize for the poor picture. I was going to clean it up and take a nice photo but my husband couldn’t wait to get it on his chainsaw! I can try to get a better shot if it will help.
My Smokey story, and the reason I was so excited when my son found the chainsaw blade cover: I was given a stuffed Smokey Bear somewhere between 1967 and 1969. I remember his plastic belt buckle and his badge. I think his hat was lost pretty quickly since I was a preschooler. Most of his fur had been worn off in patches and my mother had repaired a few busted seams.When his badge fell off she chain stitched a heart in its place. He was my best friend. Then, one day, mean old Michael Erickson threw him up in a tree!
I had to watch my beloved Smokey sit up in that tree in our front yard through a Nebraska winter! I cried all winter because he was covered in snow, then when the spring rains started I cried because Smokey was getting wet. He finally fell out of the tree, and I was overjoyed! But my parents wouldn’t let me have him back because they said he was full of bugs.So Michael Erickson was the the first boy to break my heart, and it wasn’t because I cared about him – he took my Smokey away! I don’t know where he is today, but owes me a stuffed Smokey Bear!
Smokey Bear Association is always looking for your special Smokey Bear stories and photos. Please contact Smokey Bear Association and we may just use your submissions in Facebook, on the website, or in our quarterly newsletter.
Buy, Swap & Sell
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How do I request a Smokey Bear appearance?
1. Call your closest U.S. Forest Service Office, here's a link to map of all the offices across the country: