Plovers and Oystercatchers

Piping Plover


Plovers are closely related to the sandpipers.  They differ in that they are generally more compact with shorter legs and necks, and larger eyes   Their pigeon-like bills differ from the pointed  straight or curved bills typical of the sandpipers.  Unlike the sandpipers, they tend to run in short stops and starts.  Included with the plovers is the sandpiper-like Ruddy Turnstone.  For want of a better place to put it, the chisel-billed Oystercatcher is also included on this page, followed by the small categories of exotics and extinct species.

The two Ruddy Turnstone carvings shown above are very different and serve well to illustrate the differences between an "ordinary" carving and a very fine one.  Besides the very careful and beautiful painting, using just the right tones, pattern and fine touches, you will notice that the carving on the right also has very accurate relief carving, including the very fine raised wings.  The best aspect, however, is less tangible, the carving's attitude.  The perfect proportions, the stance, the relationship of the head to
the body, the balance and  the very correct bill all these make this an especially fine carving of  this species.  In fact, anyone who knows this bird well would have recognized it as a Turnstone even in its unpainted state.  The price of the carving on the left is $75 and the other is $300 (with legs - the client
in this case requested no legs because as a long-time collector of Matt's work she began with birds on posts and wants to keep it that way).

"Your work captures the inner quality ... those subtle aspects that make the species what it is."

The Piping Plover carvings above show an  ordinary one (Matt's first from years past) to the left and a very fine one to the right.   The presence of legs, of course, makes a big difference, but the finer one has that intangible property that literally emanates Piping Plover in all its dainty, plump innocence.  The bill is very correct, an important part of capturing a species (and one which is too often ignored).  The prices are $100 and $300.  A smooth-bodied one can be done for less.

The most accurate painting on the three Black-Bellied Plovers shown here is on 
the one immediately below.  It is also carved 
in relief and, like the one to the right, is perfectly proportioned.  It is $300. 

The painting on the carving to the right is quite stylized and involved, with a minimum of 
relief carving.  It   is $175. 

The remaining one is a relatively quick and easy stylized paint job and the carving is smooth.  It sells for $75. 

The Golden Plover resembles the 
Black-Bellied Plover, but it's black all 
the way to the tail, and it is slightly smaller and daintier than the latter.  Notice that the bill is finer too.  Check these subtleties  when considering how good a carver is. 

This carving is $300 



The oystercatcher shown here is the American Oystercatcher, found along
the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.  The Black Oystercatcher is a slightly smaller species found on the Pacific Coast.  Both have laterally flattened bills which specialize in 
opening bivalves such as clams and oysters.  A carving of this quality (over a foot long)
is $300. Add $30 for legs (if they are available - otherwise Matt will have to
make them at a greater cost).

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                       26201 Dennis Rd.
                          Parksley, VA 23421