May 27, 1958
Prince Rupert, BC
Garner Moody was born in Prince Rupert, and was raised in Skidegate on Haida Gwaii. He is the nephew of prolific argillite carver, Rufus Moody. Garner was artistic as a child, and he remembers drawing a great deal from age 9 onwards. He carved his first piece of argillite when he was 15. Garner moved to Vancouver in 1987, and was invited to help Bill Reid work on his full-scale Lootaas canoe. While he was in Vancouver, Garner leaned a great deal about Haida design and argillite carving from Nelson Cross, Alfie Collinson, Ron Wilson (Gitsgah), and Clayton Gladstone. Garner currently lives on Haida Gwaii, and focuses on argillite, gold jewellery, and carving in red and yellow cedar.