American (b. 1951)
Mike Riley moved to Volcano, Hawai'i in 1972 and is a self-taught woodworker. His work has received many awards. He served for ten years on the board of directors of the Big Island Woodworkers Guild including a term as its president and three years on the board of directors of the Volcano Art Center.
Riley designs and builds each piece using the finest Hawaiian woods and old world joinery to create hand-made furniture that is not only distinctive but able to stand up to everyday use. His knowledge of local woods and years of experience building custom furniture have contributed to his unique style that is a reflection of the many cultural and natural influences found in Hawai'i. Each piece of furniture is finished in a hand-rubbed oil. Oil finish needs to be reapplied occasionally, brings out the true color of the wood, has the most natural feel of any finish, and never has to be stripped or refinished, thereby preserving the patina of fine furniture.