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 Massett 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.

This very large argillite sculpture of a wolf with a salmon was created by Haida artist Glen Pollard from Skidegate. The sculpture has abalone shell and catlinite inlays. The sculpture is 10″ long, 5″ wide, and 3″ high. It is priced at $1600.

large argillite wolf salmon

Glen Pollard    Haida

Large wolf with a salmon

Argillite, abalone shell, & catlinite – 10 x 5  x 3”

$1600