David G. Argyle
was born and raised in Utah, (B 1945).
He spent his youth working on a ranch, giving him a
good background in cowboy life and was drawn to create and
produce pieces of cowboy memorabilia.
practiced artistic expression all of his life, oil
painting, clay modeling, woodcarving and bronzing.
He has become a master wood carver and is best
known for his reproductions of historical and modern day
He studied at
Brigham Young University and has taken several private
lessons but is principally self taught.
He spends every spare moment doing research to get
the authenticity he demands in each piece of work.
When Dave began
to wood carve, he worked more than six years before
showing these wonderful works of art in a show or gallery.
The reason for this is his earlier saddles took
close to 1000 hours to complete.
He did not want to show his work until he had a
variety of saddles and other woodcarvings.
of his work has been very exiting.
The woodcarvings are so unique and have such
intricate detail in each piece.
Dave enjoys the challenge with each carving but the
saddles are a favorite.
He has won several awards and has been invited to
some of the most prestigious shows in the western United
Dave was not
sure how or if the woodcarvings could be bronzed but
decided to give it a try.
His earlier saddles are carved mostly out of one
block of wood, making the bronzing very difficult.
He is now carving them in sections in order to make
He was excited
when he saw how the bronze takes all of the detail from
the wood. He
couldn't have been more pleased.
always be involved in art, he says, "it's what I