Clint Adams, local Prince Rupert First Nations carver. Adams carves copper, silver, gold, and wood products. He had a booth at the All Native Basketball Tournament during the week of FEb. 9 to Feb. 15. (K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Carving talent on display at ANBT

Clint Adams carves tradtional First Nations designs in copper, silver, gold and wood

  • Feb. 17, 2020 11:15 a.m.

Basketball was not the only attraction to happen this past week in Prince Rupert. Vendors and artisans, like Prince Rupert carver, Clint Adams, were also showcasing their talents during the games.

Adams was on site at the Jim Ciccone Civic Center as one of over 50 vendors who were in attendance for the All Native Basketball Tournament, which ran from Feb. 9 to Feb. 15. He manned his vendor booth himself while he crafted jewellery and carved on site during the annual event. He has been a vendor at the tournament for the past seven years.

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Carving is in his blood. He’s been carving for over 30 years. Adams’ father is Randy Adams, a man he said is a local master carver and taught him the art since he was a young boy.

“It wasn’t forced on me. I naturally gravitated toward it.” said Adams.

Adams’ modesty was apparent when he said he wouldn’t bestow the title of ‘master carver’ upon himself. However, when asked what described a master carver, he said the definition was an artist who could transition carving abilities across many mediums, such as wood, silver, copper and gold among other other things. These are media which Adams uses continuously to produce his craft.

Master carver or not, when Adams was younger, he was accepted into the prestigious Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.

“I just kept circling back to First Nations art. There is something to be said about it, ” Adams said. “It’s soothing and relaxing. When you get into working on a peice everything quiets down and there is a calm.”

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Sometimes, sourcing a product to be carved can be challenging.

“There is plenty of wood around town, but sometimes it can be difficult to find someone to lathe it. I like to keep everything local,” said Adams.

Adams works mainly out of his home and completes carving part time. It takes about 14 hours to complete a traditionally carved wooden bowl. Adams takes on custom work and even air brushes First Nations art onto hockey masks when asked to do so.

“It’s important to know who is doing your art. It’s more personal,” Adams said.

Everyone was welcome to stop by his booth and see him at work as he carved on site at the ANBT. Everything he does is carved by hand. He rarely uses power tools, expect a polishes to give that extra shine when a peice is ready for show.


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Clint Adams, local First Nations carver is making a wrap around ring at his booth at the annual All Native Basketball Tournament. Over 50 vendors showed their work and wares to the public who attend (K-J Millar/The Northern View)

The talented hands of Clint Adams as he works on a wrap around ring on site at the All Native Basketball Tournament during the week of Feb. 9, to Feb. 15. (K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Traditional carved art is precision work for Clint Adams, who completes all of his work by hand very rarely using electric tools. Adams was one of the 50 vendors on site at the 2020 All Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert. (K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Acai carved bowls, by First Nations Carver, Clint Adams of Prince Rupert, on display at the All Native Basketball Tournament during the week of Feb. 9 to Feb. 15. (K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Clint Adams hammers a ring his is creating on site at the 2020 All Native Basketball Tournament. He is in his vendor booth carving traditional designs on wood, silver, copper and gold. Adams also does custom carvings. (Photo: K-J Millar)

Clint Adams, local Prince Rupert carver was on site in his vendor booth at the All Native Basketball Tournament at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre during the week of Feb. 9 to Feb. 15. He was happy to explain his craft and complete custom orders. (Photo:K-J Millar/The Northern View)

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