This attractive argillite dogfish plaque was carved by Haida artist Denny Dixon. The plaque is 4.8″ long, 2″ wide, and 0.25″ thick. Denny Dixon was from the village of Skidegate. He was well-known for carving round and oval shaped argillite boxes with beveled lids. During many of the latter years of his life, Denny was carving argillte sculptures in the Vancouver area. Denny is the brother of Haida argillite carver, Pat Dixon. The argillite dogfish plaque is priced at $250.

For approximately 200 years, Haida artists have carved argillite sculptures. Many of the older craftsmen whose activities and careers were well known have passed down their knowledge to their contemporaries in the villages of Masset and Skidegate. Some of the very best artists produce argillite carvings with the finest detail. Argillite is a slate rock found on Slatechuck Mountain near the village of Skidegate on Haida-Gwaii.

Argillite is shaped and carved with a wide range of tools. Many of the tools are hand-made. Argillite is carefully shaped with finer and finer cutting tools. Fine abrasive materials are often used to polish out tool marks. In more recent times, some artists have added inlay materials such as ivory, bone, abalone shell, paua shell, catlinite, and other materials to enhance the overall appearance of a carving. Many wonderful Haida argillite sculptures have been carved during the past 50 years.

argillite dogfish pllaque

Denny Dixon    Haida

Dogfish plaque

Argillite – 4.8 x 2 x 0.25 inches