Inspired by the history of the old west, artist Mike Roth’s (pronounced Roats) designs and builds one of a kind furniture pieces that are both functional and beautiful. Mike’s pieces have a whimsical feel and tell a story of the historic west. He and his wife Jo, live in the heart of the scenic Bitterroot Valley one of western Montana’s oldest communities, Stevensville.
Bear Paw operates out of a 4500 square foot shop at the base of the mountains, shadowed by St. Mary’s Peak. The smell of cherry wood and the sounds of country western music greet customers as they arrive at the shop.
His love for art and the mystery behind the historic west have influenced Mike to apply his artistic abilities into truly unique pieces of furniture. He has a genuine love and appreciation for the history of ghost towns, gunfighters, trappers, and the best of the Old West.
Attention to detail, old world craftsmanship, with dovetail, mortise and tenon joinery, insure that Roths’ designs will be around for future generations to enjoy. While Mike uses all sorts of hardwoods including oak, walnut, and antique barnwood, cherry is still his favorite. Mike has been designing and building fine Western furniture since 1979. With so years of woodworking experience behind him, Roths is quick to point out that the success of Bear Paw Designs is due to God’s blessings.
Each piece of furniture starts as a drawing and careful attention is given to detail and functionality. Mike’s work has been exhibited at the Western Design Conference in Cody, Wyoming since 2003. He recently was honored to receive the “Switchback Ranch Purchase Award.” His winning piece is now on permanent display in the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody