Christine is originally from Toronto, and moved to
the Yukon where she met Stuart, from northern BC. Today we live and work in
Atlin, traditional territory of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation in north western British Columbia near the Yukon border. Stuart is the General Manager for the Tlingit Development Corporations and Christine works at wood crafting full time. Neither of us have any formal wood working training, we just developed our craft through experimentation and trial and error, learning as we went. It's fun!
We live and work in scenic Atlin, located in the remote northwest
corner of British Columbia, Canada.
Atlin is situated on the shores of beautiful Atlin Lake. Nestled in
mountains and glaciers, it provides a tranquil and inspiring environment in
which we create our art.
Here are some picture from around Atlin that Stuart took:
About Atlin Placer
In 1898, gold was discovered on Pine Creek by Kenneth
Maclaren and Fritz Miller. As word got
out, hundreds of gold seekers, on their way to the Klondike, turned and headed
south instead. Within a few years, a
town of thousands grew on the shores Atlin Lake. As with all frontier mining towns, Atlin was
home to many saloons, brothels, gambling dens, outfitters and other businesses
all determined to part the miners from their hard sought treasure. Today, gold
mining is still the economic mainstay of the community though the town is much
smaller and considerably quieter.
Stuart's brother and uncle, panning for gold on Spruce Creek, Atlin, BC
Atlin placer gold deposits were formed when gold was
weathered from its host rock as glaciers scoured the area thousands of years
ago. The gold, in the form of dust, flakes and nuggets, is deposited, or ‘placed’
in ancient creek beds. Present day
miners, seek these ancient creek beds dig up these deposits, or pay dirt, with
equipment such as excavators. The dirt
is then washed, or sluiced, with the heavier gold being left behind. It is then melted into gold bars or used for making gold nugget jewelry.
Our inlay gold flakes and gold nuggets from Otter and Pine Creeks, Atlin BC