Nelson Cross is a descendant of a long line of Haida carvers from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii in British Columbia, Canada located off the northern coast of the province.
Nelson’s late grandfather is the renowned John Cross and his father is Raymond Cross, who specialized in carved leather. His uncle, Gordon Cross, taught him the art of silver engraving in the early 1970’s. Pat Dixon, the noted Haida argillite carver, worked with Nelson, explaining design principles and the Haida style. Through Bill Reid, Nelson took a soldering course and helped in the carving of the canoe used for Expo ‘86, held in Vancouver.
Presently, Nelson resides in Skidegate where he engraves both silver and gold. He is known for his traditional Haida style and depth of carving. His carving style is distinctive and sought after by many collectors of Northwest Coast Native art.