The most commonly requested loon is the Common Loon.
The photos below show various carvings, some full-size, some miniature,
some realistic and some folksy. The first two are full-size
and realistic. They are $600, although some with more detail may
be as much as $750 or more. Notice that they are not "clones" since
each was done individually, without patterns and at different times.
"The loon arrived today. Unbelievable! Wonderful! ... I can
hear him call."
|This loon is about half life-size at about
15 inches from breast to tail tip. Although the painting is just as difficult as in the full-size loons, the price, $350 reflects
the size. There is some detail in the tail
and the some of the rear wing feathers.
A realistic loon with a body about 10"
long would be $300. Because of the
exacting painting a smaller one will not
be much lower in price. This can be discussed with Matt if you are interested.
|This carving shows
a loon looking slightly
upward, which gives
it a very different attitude
than the others on this
When ordering a loon
decide what attitude
you'd like and Matt will
try his best to capture
what you want.
"Your wonderful loon has joined my collection and is by far the most outstanding of all!"
|The Common Loon in winter is
a very different bird. Its beautiful
pattern is reduced to a dull gray
and white and its eye changes from red to brown (this carving has a
red eye, which is possible, but not usual - the choice is yours).
Because the winter loon is so much
|This stylized carving of a Common Loon
is about a foot long from tail
to breast and is stylized, much like the style used with the "ebony" collection (click ABSTRACTS to see the latter). It's $250, but could be less (as low as $150 if less care were put into what is a very difficult painting - as in the two below).
"You have captured the essence of loon."
The loon in the photo to the left is a
Any species of bird can be stylized, but
|The quarter gives away the size of this Common Loon. If you are thinking of a miniature carving of a loon or anything else, it is suggested that you discuss it with Matt first. Depending on what you want, it can be inexpensive or very expensive.|
|Talk about less care in the painting! This is how
many carvers handle loons. It works, but it's folk art, not
art. Notice the hole in the wood near the front. This also has a
folk art price, about $100.
If folk art is your thing you can do well with Matt. In case you're wondering, this is a Common Loon.
|To the left is the Red-Throated Loon.
This species has a "snaky" head and
upturned bill, both nicely captured in
this custom order. It's life-size, at about
a foot and a half from tail to breast. The scientific measurement of this species is
27 inches, but that's measured from the
tip of the tail to the tip of the bill, with
the neck stretched out. Matt can carve
and paint one like this for $500.
|The delightful little life-size carving
to the right depicts a Horned Grebe in summer plumage. There are other species
of grebes Matt would love to do if asked, such as the Eared, the Pie-Billed and the Western Grebes. Matt should be able to
do one of this quality for $250. Notice the detail in the feathering on the head and the relief carving on the back. Without these
it would cost less.
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Parksley, VA 23421