African art discovery, research, and collecting have been my major undertaking for the past 18 months. I found my first several pieces at a garage sale. Then, I stumbled upon eBay, buying enough masks to keep me opening packages daily. The growing density of pieces coating the walls of my house became a significant strain on my relationship with my wife, Michelle.

VERY EARLY DAYS OF COLLECTING--LOVING IT, BUT MICHELLE WASN'T...

VERY EARLY DAYS OF COLLECTING–LOVING IT, BUT MICHELLE WASN’T…

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Playing guitar in the ‘Boom Room’

It got much worse before I slowed down. I eventually leased a warehouse and filled it with thousands of pieces of African sculpture. Most were made for the collecting market, but also a gallery full of very old and authentic items, affectionately dubbed the “boom room”

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A VERY NECESSARY PART OF MY JOB, AND MY PASSION.

All of this was suitably therapeutic at a time when I was recovering from a disastrous event that forced me to reset my entire world. (Check out Dave’s story here) My passion for African tribal sculpture gave me purpose, providing a creative outlet as I began to envision introducing the uninitiated masses to creations they’ve never even imagined–predicting that others would feel similar feelings to my own when encountering these phenomenal works of artistic and spiritual expression.

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FIRST WEEK AT THE WAREHOUSE IN LATE 2015–left to right–Dylan, Dave, and Daniel

Dylan, like myself, is an ex-felon blazing a new trail. He and his dad, Daniel (who worked for me longer than anyone) fix bronzes, have made hundreds of high-quality mounts for masks and figures, and well, whatever else we need made.

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Krista holding up a Benin head on the warehouse floor

 

 

 

Jes is our administrative assistant (and my daughter) and works with Krista–our operations supervisor–and myself endlessly photographing, editing, listing, packing, shipping, marketing, and doing all of the many things necessary for an endeavor like ours to succeed.

 

We all are committed to doing things in a manner which we can be proud of. Quality, honesty, integrity, and impeccable customer service: it’s how we roll. Keep an eye on us.

Dave Dahl

October 28, 2016

                                                                              David Dahl–CEO, Discover African Art