About The Artist

Richard M. Howell Tiki Show
Richard M. Howell doing a carving demo at Tiki Oasis 2007.

Let’s talk story…

As a self-taught woodcarver/sculptor, I learned much of my trade through close association with many indigenous woodcarvers throughout the islands of the Indo-Pacific over the last thirty five years while following a career in Fisheries Development.

My specialty is creating large Bas Relief carvings the portray the infinite drama, wonder and romance of the legends of the Hawaiian and other Oceanic peoples. Along with this, my many commissioned pieces include: Polynesian fish hook replicas, Poi pounders, oceanic weaponry, oceanic bowls and calabashes.

Wood Carving and more…

I have carved a wide variety of sea life creatures including whales, dolphin, fish, octopus, seals, and sharks. Included in my commissioned pieces are Polynesian idols, tikis, canoe paddles and hand carved canoe models.

On the non-oceanic side, I have carved fireplace mantel surrounds, sculpted prosthetic limbs, walking sticks and canes, mirror and picture frames, nautical figures and name plaques, welcome pineapples, decorated gunstocks, carved floral decoration, religious carved art and furniture elements. So, I carve whatever my clients desire.

In producing my oceanic art works, I rely heavily on the application of traditional wood carving techniques and tools. I utilize a wide variety of woods to suit the client’s needs including: Hawaii’s Koa, Milo and, Kamani. Guanacaste, Cocobolo, Ebony, Walnut, Rosewood, Primavera and more are used also.

When a piece is complete, I usually finish them with an oil finish and wax. My pieces are held in many private collections throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and of course Hawaii. I work one on one from my website with clients, so if you desire something created simply contact me via Email.

Richard M. Howell 1966
“My Pacific journey begins here on Kayangel Atoll, Belau, Micronesia in 1966”

Richard M. Howell with American eagle wood carving.
American Eagle Wood Carving

Richard M. Howell with large palapa carved posts.
Hand Carved Palapa Posts

Commissioned wood carvings…

I am often inspired by creative ideas suggested by my friends and clients, if you need a particular wood carving or have the urge for something unique, I am open to working with you to make these creative dreams come true. Email me.