Hummingbird, Argillite PendantCalvin Bell, Haida
Calvin Bell was born in Masset, British Columbia; where Masset is one of two villages on the northern half of Haida Gwaii. Calvin has been carving argillite since 1971 when he was introduced to the art form by Ron Russ. He carves his argillite pieces to emphasize the beauty of the stone and inlays pieces of abalone to create a beautiful contrast in each intricate piece.
There is only one argillite quarry in Canada which happens to be located on Haida Gwaii. Slatechuck is the site on the southern end of Haida Gwaii where carvers harvest the volcanic stone which is a form of slate that must be done by hand using tools such as hand saws, steel wedges, sledge hammers, and crowbars. Argillite is used because its high moisture content makes it easier to carve than other stones. The drier the argillite becomes the more likely it is to crack or flake during the carving process, this is why it is such a delicate material to work with.
Calvin continues to carve argillite and practice the skills and cultural knowledge of his people sharing it with the world with his beautiful hand carved jewelry.
Argillite, Abalone and steel wire
1 1/2" W X 2 1/4"H (4 cm W X 5 1/8 H)