The late founder of Crystal Cabin, Dutes Dutheil, summarized his knowledge of agates and stone collecting in the lush islands of Haida Gwaii, in a handbook entitled Agate Collecting with Dutes: Your Guide to Finding Agates in Haida Gwaii.
Delivered in 32 colourful pages, this guide outlines everything you need to know to begin your search for local Agate in Haida Gwaii. You can expect to learn how to:
- Prepare for your next beach combing adventure
- Identify agates and learn how they are formed
- Learn about the islands’ geological formation
- Compare agates with other types of chalcedony
- Connect to the metaphysical properties of agates
“Over the past 30 years, Crystal Cabin has become a local institution and authority on island geology. I regularly receive questions about agates and much interest from the public on the topic of collecting beach stones. This guide is intended to enrich your agate collecting experience,” Dutes Dutheil.
Agate, also known as banded chalcedony, is a form of microcrystalline quartz. Haida Gwaii’s 62 million-year-old geological history of volcanic lava flows has provided excellent conditions for the formation of agates and other stones found on these beaches. There are at least 10 varieties of agates in Haida Gwaii and many types of unbanded chalcedony, such as jasper, petrified wood, and sugar agates, which are discussed in this guide.
Dutes Dutheil, the late founder of Crystal Cabin called Haida Gwaii home since 1970. He was a local mineral collector, lapidary artist, goldsmith jeweller, and entrepreneur.
"Dutes, just want to say how much I appreciate your book on agates. Long-overdue and a valuable resource in so many ways. Thank you for taking the time to share your wealth of knowledge. You are mighty." - Award-Winning Canadian Poet & Author, Susan Musgrave
"Picked up this little ditty from Crystal Cabin today....a MUST HAVE!...Even for the agate veterans." - Haida Gwaii resident
"The Joy of Beachcombing!" - B.C. Beachcomber and Photographer
"Amazing guide for agate collectors, and loaded with lots of information on how agates are formed. A must for rockhounds." - Haida Gwaii resident