Take a look back into the Crystal Cabin archives! We hope you enjoy as we explore the work of the many Haida carvers and artists who we’ve had the pleasure to know over the years, such as: Christian White, Gitsxaa (Ron Wilson), Alfie Collinson, Ding Hutchingson, Vernon White, Carmen Goertzen, Ron Russ, Chris Russ, Myles Edgars, Mike Brown, Marcel Russ, Garner Moody, Leon Ridley, Robert Vogstad, Clayton Gladstone, Gregory Williams, Steve Hansen, Norman Bentley, Derek White, George Yeltatzie and many more! For over 30 years Crystal Cabin has been a hub of Haida jewelry and fine arts, and we want to share our collection with you!Read More
Argillite is unique to Haida Gwaii as it is found only on one mountain known as Slatechuck Mountain. The journey to the argillite deposit is a treacherous hike, and is accessible only by the Haida people. It is recognizable by its black pigment and shiny exterior when carved. When unpolished, argillite is rough and matte.Read More
Michael John Brown was born in 1958 and comes from the Haida Eagle clan of Hydaburg, Alaska and Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. We were very sad to hear of his passing recently, and want to extend our deepest condolences to Mike’s family and friends. We will remember his inspiring words and beautiful works of art forever. Below are some photos of some of Mike’s pieces that Crystal Cabin has acquired and treasured over the years.
Michael grew up in Old Massett and started carving argillite at the young age of 16, using his grandfather’s handmade tools.
Sought after by several private art collectors and museums, Mike’s work has traveled all around the world and admired by many. The uniqueness of Mike’s work has been seen in his ability to transform a Haida story into his style while maintaining close values to traditional Haida formline.
Some museums have been so dazzled by his pieces due to his style that looks so similar to the ancient pieces from their collections. His carvings showcase beautiful lines of certainty and strength.
“My grandfather told me many stories while growing up and it’s important to share this history with others”
“I just didn’t want to lose the culture and heritage. Carving is a way to stay connected”
“You need to feel the energy of the stone. It’s a cool feeling. Without this energy, it’s not as motivating to carve.”
“Practice makes perfect, don’t be afraid to keep on trying."
“If we don’t keep carving, we’re going to lose it...”
Argillite rock is a unique black slate found only on the islands of Haida Gwaii. Historically and today, the Haida people own the exclusive rights to use argillite. Skilled Haida Artists continue to create highly collectible argillite jewelry and Haida argillite carvings out of this black stone.Read More
Meet George Yeltatzie, Haida Carver from Masset, Haida Gwaii
Carver of Silver and Copper Jewelry with Passion for Three-dimensional Work
George Yeltazie, who is of Haida and British ancestry was born in 1950 in Skidegate and grew up in Masset, Haida Gwaii, where he currently resides.
George began pursuing artwork and the creative expression in the 1970s. He started with drawing and fondly remembers the artistic inspiration that came from drawing horses that roamed free around Masset.
George, who considers himself a spiritual person, is inspired by animals, their messages, and the universe around us. Much of his work is influenced by his connection to animals and the signs and symbols in nature. George started getting into spirituality in the 1980s. As he developed spiritually, so did his artwork.
He has worked in many mediums, including drawing, painting, argillite, silver, copper, and today can be found experimenting in 3-dimensional artwork, which gives life to his pieces.
George develops his craft by trying new techniques and mediums, including ivory, titanium, and other new materials.
Browse some of George’s latest work: