About The Artist

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

Let’s talk story…

As a self-taught woodcarver/sculptor, I learned much of my craft through close association with many indigenous woodcarvers throughout the islands of the Indo-Pacific over The last fifty years while following a career in fisheries and seafood export development to aid island economies.

My specialty is creating Bas Relief carvings that portray the infinite drama, wonder and romance from the legends of the Hawaiian and other Oceanic peoples. Along with this, my many gallery and commissioned pieces include: Polynesian fish hook replicas, Poi pounders, oceanic weaponry, oceanic bowls and calabashes and sea-craft models that reflect my long experience in the Islands.

Wood Carving and more…

I have also created a wide variety of sea life creatures including whales, dolphin, fish, tuna, octopus, seals, sharks, and a variety of sea birds. Included in my commissioned pieces are Polynesian idols, tikis, canoe paddles, hand carved canoe models, Tahitian Toere drums, fishing lures and fishermen’s boxes.

On request, I have carved fireplace mantel surrounds, sculpted prosthetic limbs, walking sticks and canes, mirror and picture frames, nautical figures and name plaques, Navy Seals Tridents, welcome pineapples, decorated gunstocks, carved floral decoration, religious carved art and furniture elements.

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, Kiawe and, Kamani. Guanacaste, Bocote, Cocobolo, Ebony, Walnut, Rosewood, Primavera and more.

When a piece is complete, I finish it 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 for a wounded USMC veteran.

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.