Bison Art Studio

Birmingham, Alabama | 66 Sales


Bison Art Studio

Birmingham, Alabama 66 Sales On Etsy since 2010

0 out of 5 stars (38)

Announcement   I am in the process of restructuring my shop. I will be adding new items and re-opening soon.


Last updated on Jan 8, 2018

I am in the process of restructuring my shop. I will be adding new items and re-opening soon.

David Byland

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    My Story

    Everyone has a story. For me, it includes the blessing of being married 35 years and the father of three beautiful daughters, three wonderful sons-in-law, and two amazing grandchildren. I’ve also had the pleasure of being a college professor for over thirty years. But I have also worked as a cowboy camp cook, feeding 20 hungry men and women at a time before and after a hard day riding. I’ve watched from horseback as the sunrise lit up Pike’s Peak, and rode hard to prevent a string of mules from “blowing up” when their packs began to slip going down a steep mountain trail. I have portrayed Teddy Roosevelt in a one-man show I also wrote. Based on his experiences in Oklahoma and Indian territories, I have brought one of our greatest Presidents to life for thousands of people. I also spend as much time exploring the outdoors as I can. In fact, it was an experience in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Preserve in southwestern Oklahoma that gave Bison Art Studio its name.

    When I moved to Oklahoma over twenty-five years ago, I was camping in the boulder-strewn Wichita Mountains, home to free-ranging herds of elk, longhorn cattle, and bison. After banking my fire for the night and climbing into my sleeping bag, I fell asleep under a cloudless, full moon sky. Just before dawn I woke up. The moon was still shining and the ground was covered in a thin layer of frost. It was silent, except for the sound of low rumbling and an occasional explosive snort. I rolled over and saw a small herd of bison moving almost silently through my campsite. I was struck by their beauty and grace…their sense of calm confidence and power. To me, they symbolized what the American West had been and still was…strong, beautiful, and enduring. And though I live in Birmingham now, I’ve brought that Western aesthetic with me and continue to develop my art and my craft as a master leather worker.

    It has been said that the things we surround ourselves with should look and feel beautiful. As an artist, I agree with that. I also believe they should endure. I’ve worked in various media…wood, photography, digital art…and they are all rewarding in their own way. But it was when I discovered leatherwork that I realized I had found the medium that really united all of my passions as a person and artist. Leather lends itself to practical use, but also looks and feels beautiful. It captures the romance of the old west, but is equally at home in the boardroom as on the ranch. Leather connects me to my love of the outdoors and the cowboy way of life, and gives me the privilege and pleasure of bringing that aesthetic to everyone I create a custom work of art for. Each book, or portfolio, knife sheath, or set of spur straps is created to last a lifetime. Each one is designed to capture the beauty of the leather using traditional western designs and modern motifs. Each one brings to you the timeless qualities of the Bison…strength, beauty, and endurance.

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    Last updated on January 8, 2018
    Thanks for taking the time to look through my Etsy shop. The items listed on this site represent my best work, so whether you're buying something for yourself, or to give as a gift, be assured you are getting a high quality piece of work.

    Much of my work is done using American Bison leather. These hides are not dyed, but left natural. All the leather has various imperfections...holes from insect bites, creases, scratches, uneven coloration, etc. This is part of the beauty of using natural products. Please don't purchase one of my pieces expecting something like what you might find at the "Jumbo Superstore". This is high-quality, natural, and naturally beautiful leather and each item is made completely by hand.
    The heavier leather will become softer with use and will also take on a beautiful patina with age. The softer leathers will hold up to the hardest use and still retain their soft, rustic beauty.

    I love all things Western and have created several items that include Western Floral or Sheridan style tooling. I use old saddles and other western gear for my inspiration to develop my designs. I use the best veg-tanned leather available and tool each piece by hand before dying and finishing them. I'm proud of each piece I send out of the shop and humbled that you've chosen to buy it from me.

    Accepted payment methods

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    Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
    Returns and exchanges
    I gladly accept returns and exchanges
    Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
    Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
    I don't accept cancellations
    But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
    The following items can't be returned or exchanged
    Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
    • Custom or personalized orders
    • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
    • Digital downloads
    • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
    • Items on sale
    Returns and exchange details
    I want you to be happy with your purchase, so I will give a full refund including shipping costs if the item is returned unused and in the original condition. BUT, you have to contact me before you return the item. And please be sure to let me know exactly what the problem is so I can make sure to correct it for the next customer.

    Since you and I should have worked out all the special needs before the custom order shipped, I do not accept a return or issue a refund on that custom order.
    I accept Paypal and Etsy direct checkout. This is good for you and good for me. If you don't have a Paypal account, it is very easy to set one up.
    I will ship your purchases to your Etsy address. This is the address that you list when you make your purchase on Etsy. Be sure to double check and make sure that is the address you want it shipped to before you finalize your purchase

    I only list items I have in stock, so they will ship in 1-2 business days (weekends are not business days for me!) Because of the heavy import fees and all the paperwork associated with shipping leather goods overseas, I now only ship in the US.

    Almost all of my journals fit into a USPS Medium Flat Rate Box. Those that don't, will go the next size up.
    Additional policies and FAQs
    If you have any questions, please e-mail me at: david [!at]