hand carved Sterling Silver First Nations Bracelet- Nu-Chah-Nulth
Sterling Silver Eagle Bracelet
Hand carved in a traditional Nu-Chah-Nulth Eagle design. This bracelet depicts two eagles facing each other. Artist- Glen Webster Nu-Chah-Nulth, Victoria, BC, Canada, 2011
Glen Webster was born in Ahousaht, (pronounced /É™ËˆhaÊŠsÉ‘ËÉt/) British Columbia, Canada. Ahousaht is the principal settlement on Flores Island, predominantly composed of First Nations people from the Nu-Chah-Nulth nation. Ahousaht is only accessible by water or air.
Glen, inspired by his father, stays traditional with his West Coast art. He remembers watching his father carve when he was a young boy. This was a time when native art was not well known. As a result he feels it's important to bring awareness to the traditional styles of the Nu-Chah-Nulth. Glen prefers to keep his work simple in design. Nu-Chah-Nulth art is simple in form and style and very geometrical. Many of his designs use forms such as circles, ovoids, split U's, dashes, dots, split design, cross hatching, and U forms. All of Glen's sterling silver pieces are hand carved. A perfectionist by nature, he believes in quality, often using special glasses and a magnifier to perfect each detail. Glen is in a class all of his own, competeing with carvers that now use mechanical and motorized equipment. He's one of only a few carvers here on the West Coast that continue to work this way, making these pieces extremely rare.
Glen initially began carving with wood in 1982. Many years later he discovered his love for working with silver. His knowledge of West Coast art is vast. He uses the wolf design often in his work as wolf is a main part of the Nu-Chah-Nulth culture. "Wolves stick together", he said. "They are very family orientated, always teaching each other." The Nu-Chah-Nulth also believe that wolves come and take your spirit up to heaven when you die and protect your spirit in the afterlife.
Glen has many designs that he has perfected over the years, although, each time he makes one of his designs it's a little bit different than the last. He prefers to let his creative energy flow, letting each design take shape, changing things as he carves. It is with great pride and we consider it an honor to be able to share these rare pieces of authentic Nu-Chah-Nulth art with you.