Mark Dahl grew up as a cowboy in the cattle ranching community of Starr Valley near Deeth, Nevada. As a young man he made several pairs of spurs but received no formal training — he relied instead on a working knowledge of cowboy gear. Dahl was always fascinated with silver-mounted bits and spurs. In 1982 he decided to try his hand at silversmithing. Though beautiful works of art, everything Dahl builds is also functional. He strives to please the senses with his creations.