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.

Richard Freeman

The Antique Gallery in Anchorage Alaska

Alaska Native Crafts in Anchorage

Tel: (907)230-1665 or (907) 230-8610 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm