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Come celebrate Bowser’s birthday, and help us create Bowser’s Peace Sanctuary, a judgment free, safe place to experience, connect, and heal with nature. Here you will find a chance to sit with the spirit, that is nature and Mother Earth, and some of her creatures. Our experience is that this connection is vital to well-being, and we are creating a peaceful place where people can experience a guided tour to meet Bowser, the American Black Bear who shares his amazing spirit to help us all contemplate a different perspective.  You can also meet, feed, and get lost in the powerful presence of Billy & Bambi the American Bison, as well as several horses, and our wonderful pack of Great Danes.

Our vision for Bowser’s Peace Sanctuary is to encourage anyone that is unhappy, hurting, depressed, overwhelmed, feels like the world is crashing in on them, full of rage, struggling with any addiction or otherwise hopeless to please ask to take a break and a breath in the peace park. We ask no questions, offer no diagnosis, no label, or naming of what is wrong, for we are not counselors, therapists, or tied to any group except peace and love; although, if you ask we can direct you to someone that knows more than us about formal treatments.

On Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM we will be beginning to build and plant a meditative park together, adding fencing, pathways, benches, and garden beds, as well as improving Bower’s pen both for his benefit and for the comfort of visitors. If you would like to help create the peace sanctuary, you can donate to our GoFundMe page, or lend a hand and meet new friends at 34080 Rattlesnake Hill Road, Tecumseh, OK 74873.

If you want to help us prepare before May 26th, contact Stan at bowserdad8@gmail.com to coordinate a time. You can also find out more and and share this event on Facebook



Carvings by Stanton Pace featured as elements of the set in production of Russ Tall Chief play “The Chainsaw Artist”

August 11-12 and 18-19, 2017


News OK article August, 2017.




About the play, the OK Gazette writes:


“Wood tells you what it wants to be…you just have to listen.”
In this intimate production, an Osage chainsaw artist lives deep in the woods, sneaking into Pawhuska, OK, at night to secretly carve animals in tree stumps around town.  No one has seen him in years and many people believe he is a ghost.  When a woman decides to track down the artist in the woods, she discovers much more than just a ghost story.

“The story draws upon the origins of the Osage people and how we came to inhabit earth,” Russ Tall Chief says. “An ethereal thread runs through the story as the four characters search for spiritual solace—an inner peace—which they can only achieve through forgiveness.”

Cast (Alphabetically):

Mosiah Salazar Bluecloud (Kickapoo)
Candice Byrd (Cherokee, Quapaw, Osage)
Dillon Griffitts (Choctaw)
Maya Torralba (Kiowa, Wichita, Comanche)

Russ Tall Chief (Osage) is the Director of Student Engagement, Inclusion, and Multicultural Programs at Oklahoma City University.  He is the author of Jacobson and the Kiowa Five, a play published in celebration of the Oklahoma City Theatre Company’s four-year anniversary of the New Native American Play Festival.   He is also a Taildancer in the In’lonshka Osage ceremonial dances and nephew of renowned Osage ballerinas Maria and Marjorie Tall Chief.

Carvings by Stanton Pace

Sponsored by the Osage Nation Foundation and the Jacobson House Native Art Center

The Main Street Event Center
300 E. Main St. – Norman
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 – Sat, Aug 19, 2017  

Russ Tall Chief and Stanton Pace August, 2017

About Stanton Pace

Virgin Mary. Commission by Stanton Pace. 2017

Stan Pace and his wife Shana live on land near Pink with their chickens, cat, several Great Danes, a sheepdog, a quarter horse, a draft horse, two bison and a black bear. In the past the Paces have also had rabbits, sheep and elk. Shana breeds Great Danes and Stan is an artist. He makes sculptures out of cement and carves wood, both with wood carving tools and with a chainsaw. Stan picked up wood carving four years ago and has been doing personal work and for his company, Bowser’s Chainsaw & Wood Carving, which is named after his black bear, ever since. He also does demonstrations of his chainsaw carving and has been a part of Tecumseh’s Frontier Days in the past. His work was featured in this year’s Rotary Club Art Show at Tecumseh City Hall. “I love meeting the people in Tecumseh,” Stan said.

Before he began his wood carving business, Stan was a concrete sculptor for 24 years. He made things like swimming pools, fountains, statues and concrete molds and stamps. Some of his concrete work can be seen at the Oklahoma City Zoo. While he still does concrete sculptures, they are now more on an individual, commissioned artwork system than commercial, mass-produced jobs. When Stan isn’t doing his artwork, he’s caring for and spending time with his animals.

Their sheepdog, Simon, is now more 15 years old and retired since they no longer have sheep. When they had rabbits, the rabbits would cuddle Simon in the winter and allow him to watch over them. Now the chickens do the same thing. “He’s got a true shaman spirit,” said Stan. These days Simon just guards Stan’s workshop and the henhouse with help from Faith, one of Shana’s Great Danes. The Paces’ quarter horse is named Takoda, which means “dancing girl” in the Lakota Sioux language, because she gets nervous and “dances” when walking in the woods. Stan is currently training their draft horse to pull logs out of the woods for him after he chops them down. Her name is Wachiwi, which means “friend to everyone” in Lakota Sioux. She is so named because she gets along well with all the animals on the property.

His two, one-year-old bison, Billy and Bambi, are somewhat rare for the fact that they have no cattle genetics like many bison today do. He got the pair from Bowser’s veterinarian, Gerald Parsons, who practices in Stratford and raises bison. The Paces got Bowser when he was a five-pound, eight-week-old cub and bottle fed him for several months after that. Bowser, now five years old, lives in a large enclosure in their backyard.

They are currently raising money and supplies to expand his area to a full acre, which will include a pond so he can swim. Bowser is now 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 450 pounds. His size doesn’t stop Stan from feeding, brushing and playing with him inside the pen. He said that before he brought Bowser home, he did research on what makes pet bears turn on their owners or accidentally injure people. The most common problem was trying to train the bears to do things and making them do things they didn’t want to do. “It’s like a commitment. Like if I’m going to spend this time with you, then it’s going to be over when you’re ready for it to be over. It’s so much easier,” Stan said. The only thing Stan has trained Bowser to do is to not bite when they are playing, similar to how puppies are trained. They also had Bowser declawed to protect from scratches and to keep him from getting out or having to put in a concrete floor, which wouldn’t be good for his feet. Stan brushes Bowser in the summer to help him get rid of the excess winter coat on his body. He saves the hair and sends to it someone who spins it into yarn. He braids the yarn with hemp rope and makes bracelets to raise money for Bowser’s new enclosure. Stan said the bracelets are a reminder to be mindful and thankful. The bracelets are now all over the world.

“A lot of what I appreciate is that things are never what they are supposed to be – that’s just not real. That’s just not the truth. Bowser helps me see that. He helps other people see that and that’s why I love sharing him. I see people’s perceptions change.” It had been a childhood dream of Stan’s to own a bear after playing with a cub at a deer farm in Minnesota, so when he heard someone had one for sale, he jumped at the chance. After making space for Bowser and getting the proper licensing from the wildlife department, Bowser became a part of their family and has gotten along well with the Paces’ other animals that get near his pen. Bowser’s diet consists primarily of eggs, high fat and protein dog food, apples and grapes. They also feed Bowser different foods seasonally, such as watermelon, corn, sunflower seeds, acorns and hickory nuts. Stan said Bowser’s hibernation period is intermittent. On particularly cold winter weeks, he won’t come out of his den, but on slightly warmer ones, he will venture out and eat a little. His den is an upside down round trough that he has been known to move around on his back like a turtle to see out of the shed in his enclosure. Despite their unique relationship, Stan feels that he and Bowser are supposed to be a part of each other’s lives. “I get all this feedback — ‘wild animals belong in the wild’ — and that’s all that compartmentalizing and labeling that we’re taught. Maybe we belong in the wild.”


Pace completed and delivered this piece. May, 2017.

Memorial with Deer and Cardinal

Watch this video in which Pace quietly walks all the way around the angel. May the experience give you a feeling of peace.

Tree Becomes Angel
by Stanton Pace

Tree Spirit

Bowser Spirit in Cedar 2017


Details and views of Animal Tree of the Forest

Animal Tree of the Forest

Small carvings like this feather are available when Pace does live carving events, or you may contact the artist.



Cow Bust Sculpture — Finishing touches shown here. More images coming soon to the sculpture gallery.



Do you have a question or message for the artist? Please feel free to contact Stanton Pace at bowserdad8@gmail.com


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Shawnee Outlook – An Artist and His Bear

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July 18, 2016 – Click here for full article

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News Star – A man and his bear: A special bond

A man and his bear:

A special bond


By Adam Ewing


Jun. 30, 2016

Most pet owners have a close relationship with their animals. However, Bowser isn’t your average pet. He’s a 4-year-old black bear, standing about 6 feet, 6 inches when he’s on his hind legs. He currently weighs about 400 pounds, and he is still growing.

Bowser’s owner Stan Pace has been fond of bears since his family took yearly vacations up in Minnesota.

“I’ve always loved animals since I could remember,” Pace said. “We used to go on vacation every summer to Minnesota with my grandparents. There was a place called Deer Land. We would go to feed the deer. One year there was a bear and I was all over it. They’d pull me away because he’d scratch you, but I made my way back over to him.”

He said, “There was a strong spiritual connection that stuck with me. From then on, I’ve always wanted one.”

About four years ago, Pace got his wish. Pace brought Bowser home when he was a couple weeks old. Since then, they’ve had a special bond.

“Once he came home, it was amazing,” Pace said. “I just love him to death. I’ve had him since he was a baby and could hardly walk. I feel obligated to share him.”

He said, “My daughter came up with the name. He was a character as a baby. He wore diapers and ran through the house, jumped on all the dogs, knocked everything off tables. Then you’d scold him, tell him no and he’d look all sweet and innocent. Finally, at three months, my wife said that’s enough, and he went outside.”

Bowser eats like the growing boy he is.

“The main staple of his diet is high-protein dog food,” Pace said. “During the summer he eats about 10 pounds per day. He gets a lot of chicken eggs, apples and whatever leftovers he likes.”

He said, “He’s a very dainty eater. His natural diet is fruit and berries. When kids come out he’ll eat grapes one at a time. If you give him a whole thing of grapes he’ll still eat them one at a time. He doesn’t like potatoes. If you give him chili fries, he’ll lick the chili off the fries.

To beat the heat, Bowser spends a lot of time in his pool.Pace brushes Bowser daily. He will then have the hair he collects made into yarn used in various projects.

“Sometimes I’ll come in here and just his nose will be sticking out of the water,” Pace said.

“You can’t go out in the wild and shoot a bear and get this much hair,” Pace said. “You might get a handful, but I do this every day and at the end of the year I get yarn made. It’s very special.”

Bowser has plenty of companions at the Pace residence. There are chickens, horses and Bowser’s favorites, dogs.

“Bowser just loves dogs,” Pace said. “Believe it or not he’s more scared of little dogs than big ones. He plays really well with them.”

When winter rolls around and it’s time to hibernate, Bowser will seclude himself in his den, but will keep a close eye on Pace’s woodcarving projects.

“He’ll just stay in his den watching me work, but he won’t come out all day,” Pace said. “When it’s really cold, he’ll push the hay up around the doors and stays asleep. It’s really neat to go in there with him.”

Many would be intimidated by the size and strength of a black bear, but Pace said he and Bowser understand each other on a spiritual level.

“The relationship we’ve grown into is a spiritual experience,” Pace said. “We share time, living space and that’s the great spirit for me.”


Contact Stan Pace via email: bowserdad8@gmail.com

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Spirit Bear by Stan Pace

Spirit Bear by Stan Pace

Spirit Horse by Stan Pace

Spirit Horse by Stan Pace

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