Howard finished his apprenticeship as an aircraft instrument technician in 1965 and within a few months was working as electrician maintaining outstation power houses in Papua-New Guinea.
The next thirty years were spent mostly as an industrial electrician with various companies and self employed with breaks as a cook in Spain and dock keeper in England.
Howard started making jewllery in 1989 and from 1993 to 2001 was a technician for TAFE Fine Arts in Launceston. He was also a sessional teacher in jewellery, sculpture and drawing.
He is now creating pieces in metal (silver, brass, copper and bronze) and also gives lessons in jewellery making.