Most of the carvings shown here are in a class by themselves and are uniquely Matt Cormons. The "ebonies" and those of similar style were born as a result of Matt's tendency to conserve wood. Whereas most carvers use rectangular blocks of wood to cut out their birds, Matt usually uses logs that he often harvests himself. When carving ducks he cuts off the side of the log to get a flat bottom. This leaves a long, thin, flat piece - a potential carving! Matt loves doing these because they don't restrict his creativity; as you will see from the photos, no two are alike.
Matt would be willing to incorporate
aspects of any you see on this page into a carving uniquely fashioned to
fit the decor of your home, and in any size. Those left natural
more because there is no paint to cover imperfections in the wood, requiring greater attention
and more time to make a more-perfect carving. Any painted other than black (or white) will
also cost more. Generally, for an "ebony" about a foot in length, expect to pay somewhere in
the neighborhood of $125 to $175. Many people tell Matt he should charge more for these very original sculptures, but because he does them so freely they don't take as long as most of his
other carvings and they're fun to create.
The carving belowt is painted like an actual
On these abstracts bills can
be pointed like a loon's or flattened
like a duck's, necks can be long or
short, heads can look forward or back, eyes can be added or left
out, as can head "feathers". The carvings can even be painted to
suggest actual species, as in the four shown below. Take what you
like from each carving you see on this page and give Matt a challenge!
Except for the carefully painted loon
and merganser, the carvings
shown above are in the area of $125 to $175, depending on difficulty.
Below are photos of a Pintail duck
The photos are included here because someone who had seen
these photos liked the "ebony" Pintail and ordered another one.
|The shorebirds above, to the left and below are placed
here because they are, in a sense, also "ebonies".
Almost any carving can be painted black in the
The above carving of a Willet is actually
Quite a bit of artistic license can be taken with herons, as shown here. The head feathers are not found in the real bird. Mounted on a metal stand, this carving will add a touch of elegance in the right home
A carving of this quality and originality is $450.
|The photo to the right is a representation of
a Tern. It has the general elongated shape, long bill and forked tail typical of terns. Some clients prefer this type of sculpture sans eyes, believing that eyes mar this "study in pure form". The sculpture is mounted on a metal base. It is
also antiqued, but could be painted pure white, black, or even like an actual species of tern. Different treatments will result in very different effects. Keep in mind that any species can be carved in abstract. $150.
||The Blue jays shown to the left and below
were special requests. They are not meant to
be a realistic, but do capture the spirit of the species. They are shown from different views.
There are 2 different carvings here, those on the left (upper and lower) are the same carving. You can tell Matt which you prefer for your carving (the neck length varies).
Imaginative carvings of this quality can be done for $275, very reasonably priced for such original art.
|The female Cardinal to the right is also
done in an abstract style. Smaller than the Blue jay,
To see more realistic cardinal carvings click
||If the carving to the right looks like African art, you're
correct. It's a rendition of a Sankofa, a mythical bird that
looks back as it moves forward. Matt carved this from three drawings
made by three different people he had sent to a New York museum for that
Sankofa is the title of an African foreign film made in the mid-90s, one you might want to see.
A finished Sankofa of Matt's is currently in Richmond. It is done in the "ebony" style shown in some of the carvings above. The Roosevelt dime gives an idea of the size.
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