The Coromandel has been Tony’s home for the past 45 years and has been a major influence in his exploration of sea life and the coastal landscape through his salvaged Kauri wood sculptures. Tony began sculpting in 1991 and has exhibited and won awards many times in galleries and at art shows throughout New Zealand.


Private collectors in Europe, America and Japan have acquired most of his work to date.

Tony is driven by his ability to see wood and stone in its raw form, and visualise the artwork within the piece. He derives great pleasure in enabling people to see the hidden beauty that lies within native and exotic timbers.

Tony's passion for nature and all it has to offer has inspired his last 20 years into a life of sculpture/music and organic gardening. Before sculpting begins, Tony spends hours looking at a piece of wood, seeing the artwork within.

Tony works with many different kinds of wood, but Kauri lies closes to his heart. The Kauri he loves to work with the most is the root systems and head wood, which he finds all over the Coromandel Peninsula.

Recalling when he first took  up carving more than 30 years ago, Tony said it was the love of the wood that provided the motivation.


“People were gathering it for firewood. I couldn’t understand it, it was so beautiful and they were burning it, I thought there had to be a better way to use it.”

While he has certainly honed his craft over the years, Tony still uses nature as a strong source of inspiration, with a particular love for native birds. Boats and yachts are another speciality, as are planes.


But whatever the sculpture, it’s the story of the wood, that Tony is passionate about, something he takes great joy in sharing with his customers.

Excerpt from Interview in Creative Coromandel.

Read full article here.


Tony Howse is a Dedicated Conservationist


Combining his passion for Kauri, Native birds and conservation, for the past few years Tony has dedicated himself to a conservation project - the Karangahake Native Bird Reserve. Tony was a recipient of the 2014 Pride of NZ award for his work establishing this reserve, and encouraging young people to participate in replanting it with native trees. Tony's tireless pest eradication efforts have been very successful, creating a burgeoning increase in the reserve's native bird numbers.

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