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Born in 1960 in Queen Charlotte City on the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Tim Boyko has been carving for over 25 years. Currently, Tim lives in Uearset.
He first began carving at the young age of 14, and his primary medium by choice was Argillite, which is a black shale stone indigenous to the Queen Charlotte Islands. Eventually, Tim progressed to jewelry and his favourite metal, silver.
As Tim notes, “We used to steal Billy’s (Bellis) mom’s quarters. The quarters made before 1968 had enough silver in them to work with. We’d pound them into shape, and make pendants out of them,” he says. “I love silver because it’s got a nice feel to it, it’s soft.”
His apprenticeships were with luminary artists, such as Bill Reid during the 1980’s, prominent Argillite artist Alfie Collinson, as well as carving canoes with Morris White (Christian White’s father).
After 20 years of carving, Tim embarked upon his newest medium, wood carving. He carved a small totem for Skidgate Elementary School, but his first major work was a Sgaang Gwaii Pole at Qay’llnagaay where he was among the lead carvers. Tim says the design was inspired by a house frontal pole raised on Sgaang Gwaii.
The Frog symbolizes luck, prosperity, stability and healing. As a communicator, Frogs connect with the world on land and under water. This figure is often carved into totem poles to prevent them from falling over.
Sterling Silver, Engraved and Textured on Hollow-ware
“My father’s Eagle Clan adopted me, but I was actually born into my mother’s Beaver Clan. Since the Haisla followed a matrilineal system, whereby every child was automatically included into its mother’s clan, my unusual adoption was due to the circumstances of the Eagle Clan having so many of its members die. Due to the early and unfamiliar diseases, everyone feared the clan would eventually become extinct.
I’ve always loved the look of a full-size, traditional wooden bent-box and liked the idea of a smaller, silver box using the same traditional proportions. It adds a unique sculptural look to any small box which, once seen, becomes a more appreciated detail with every subsequent examination. The box’s construction technique is very deceptive; it looks solid but is actually a box-within-a-box, with the hollow spaces between each ‘box’ allowing for visually thicker walls. For this box, I decided to honor my connections to both Haisla Clans – Beaver and Eagle – by engraving each on one-half of the box. The box’s lid has another Eagle engraved on the top, and the Halibut, a sub-crest shared by both clans, is engraved around the edges.”
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