Salmon Carving with Red Argillite Inlay

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Salmon Carving with Red Argillite Inlay

150.00

Carved by Haida artist, Amy Edgars, this argillite salmon carving is inlayed with red argillite, also known as catlinite. Carved by hand, the argillite salmon is carved on one side and the other side is left rough. The carving stands freely on a small argillite base. The dimensions are 2.0 inches high, 2.25 inches long and 0.75 inches wide. This argillite is authentic and carved by Haida artist, Amy Edgars. 

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.

The Haida have used and carved argillite for thousands of years. Argillite in Xaayda Kil (the southern dialect of the Haida Language) is HlGaa K’id which translates literally to rock carve, as this is a stone that has solely been carved for artistic purposes. Argillite is a composition of clay particles, making it impractical to use as a tool like other stones. Argillite carving is culturally significant and a much revered art form of the Haida people. Sole rights to this precious stone are owned by the Haida people, making argillite a unique hallmark of traditional Haida artwork and carvings.

Amy Edgars began carving at the age of eight. Amy was inspired by her father, Myles Edgars, to pursue the ancient art of argillite carving, taking up the craft full-time at the age of 16.

"I saw my dad and others carving every day, so I thought I better sit down and try it out," says Amy. 

Amy is one of few Haida women argillite carvers. She has been carving for over 15 years. 

The price includes shipping to Canada and the USA. 

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