Richard Freeman was born in Seattle and returned to

his home three months later to Afognak Island, near

Kodiak, Alaska. Richard is 3/4 Aleut, 1/4 Norwegian,

Russian and Native. His great grandfather was coming to

Alaska from Russia by boat when the boat sank. As a

survivor of the shipwreck, he was adopted by the Russian

Orthodox Church in Kodiak. He spoke 12 languages.

Richard has fished commercially for 40 years. He has

been a self-taught scrimshaw (ivory engraver) artist since

1981. He scrimshaws animals and birds on walrus ivory

and Alaska mammoth ivory. Richards skill has quickly

become legendary being one of a handful of colored scrim

artists. His realism and eye for detail has made his work

very popular.

Alaska Native Crafts in Anchorage

Richard Freeman

The Antique Gallery in Anchorage

Tel: 907 276-8986 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 12pm to 5pm