What People Say About The
Extinct Passenger Pigeon
blue heron is truly a work of art that cannot
be adequately described, but must be experienced."
The quote above is just one of the
many wonderful unsolicited comments Matt has received from his clients.
Following are many others, clearly illustrating what people think of his
work - and what you
can expect from one of Matt's carvings
belongs in a museum."
are truly enjoying your art and love how it enhances or home."
falcon arrived today. It's beautiful and your workmanship is just
fabulous ....I can recommend your carving abilities to anyone who
is looking for first class work."
... when I read a poem I 'get the feeling'. With your work I ...
also 'get the feeling'."
the spirit and behavior."
looked around since I saw a carving of your great blue heron. Many cost
much more, but none come close to yours in quality."
carving is just beautiful! It is everything and more than I expected."
wonderful loon has joined my collection and is by far the most outstanding
work in not good. It is genius!"
have done much research and photography of the corvid family, and found
your carvings to be precisely what I was looking for."
"...looks magnificent and I cant wait to see it in the wood. I find
your talent amazing as (it) appears about to fly away in the photos.
Thank you for the fine carving.
you so much for another 'Matt treasure.' "
Owl arrived this morning and it's all the rage in my company. It'
very lifelike and I know will be awesome at the mountain house."
" ... it is wonderful - perhaps its best feature is that every time one
looks at it, another 'feature' is revealed ... thanks for doing such a
"Your work captures the inner quality ... those subtle aspects that make
the species what it is."
"My wife ... chuckled at me when I first told her of my plans with your
work. Well, she
is not chuckling anymore. Her comment was 'Fantastic, Beyond belief!!'
"My husband wonders if he will get another carving for his birthday - possibly
a chickadee? I guess that shows you how much he appreciates and is
enjoying the nuthatch."
" You don't see things like that anymore. This is excellent craftsmanship."
"LOVE THE BIRD!!! I am in awe of your ability to create such beauty"
"Your beautiful artwork will have a special place of honor in our home."
" ... how delighted ... my husband is ... absolutely LOVES it!"
"You are a true inspiration to carvers."
" ... commend your talent ... definitely captures the character of the
"When I came across your site and saw the crow and the raven as well ,
I just didn't need to look any further, it was exactly what I wanted. From
that point on you did not disappoint me."
"You have captured the essence of loon."
"The pelican is spectacular ... we are very pleased with it."
"Your work is fantastic."
"I appreciate the care you take with your work...."
"It's a beauty, instantly one of my favorite possessions. I can't
imagine a better job."
"Hi! It is here and it is superb!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"It really is beautiful and I thank you so much ... it's perfect!"
"It has been a pleasure doing business with you and I will highly recommend
you to all I know."
"Thanks a million!!! It's wonderful!!!"
decoys you carved are the pride of my collection. They look awesome
the water. I wouldn't consider ever selling them."
notch. I have another 1/2 dozen from 4 other carvers of all varieties.
Your Shovelers are by far my favorite. They will be handed down to Sons
liked your work and knew you would do a beautiful job, and you did.
loon arrived today. Unbelievable! Wonderful! ... I can hear
rec'd the carving yesterday.... It is very beautiful and better than the
I saw it, quite honestly, it took my breath away! ... it is an absolute
art speaks to me as a creation which I know belongs in our home."
... very impressed by your skill."
received the skimmer today. Wow! It looks great. I can't
tell you how pleased I am. I will definitely commission you in the
is wonderful.... Thanks ever so much for making this beautiful creation
" ... what a beautiful job you did on our sanderling ... it's as real as
I've ever seen."
"Words can't describe how delighted I am."
"I have several (herons) ... but this is one of the best ones I have ever
there is a quality that goes beyond ... reality."
have made me very happy and I enjoy looking at the sandpiper when I open
my eyes in the start of a new day."
... we were absolutely delighted. Your work is all that we had hoped
it might be ... thank you for listening to our desires and turning them
into such a work of art."
... absolutely beautiful. I appreciate the extra work you put into
it on the detailing. I am going to hate to part with it ...
going to be his favorite gift."
... displayed very proudly".
Matt! You have exceeded my expectations! "
You have the ability not just to carve likeness, but to capture and instill
life into your works."
great big special thanks to you for your beautiful interpretation."
the (Cooper's hawk). It's so real we are afraid to put it near the
... capture the ... intensity and alertness of the moment."
work is beautiful and I just wanted to let you know how much I as well
as the people who received them as gifts, enjoyed them."
I was very surprised with the quality and insight of your carving."
have been blessed with your magnificent work!"
She ABSOLUTELY loves it! She's going to give it a special place in
Here's a poem sent by a fellow, accompanied by his
received the carving yesterday. It is wonderful and even better than
I envisioned! Thanks so much for all your patience, hard work, and
creativity. ...if I can ever be a reference for your work don't hesitate."
THE ALIEN CRY OF THE LONESOME LOON,
sending the loon poem ... I'd be honored to have it included with the really
impressive art you produce."
WHEN THE STARS AND THE MOON ARE BRIGHT,
SEEMS TO BECKON AND QUESTION ALL MANKIND,
AND HUSH OTHER SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT.
FOR WHO WOULDN'T THRILL TO SUCH A DEEP CRY
FROM THIS WILD AND BEAUTIFUL THING;
THERE ARE THOSE WHO BELIEVE HIM DEMENTED
WHEN THEY HEAR HIS TREMOLO RING.
MAYBE THIS MARVELOUS CREATURE IS CRAZY,
BUT I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THAT'S TRUE,
IT SEEMS CLEAR TO ME HE'S NOT UNLIKE WE;
WHEN SOMETHING NEEDS SAYING, WE DO.
WHAT IS HE SAYING; TO WHOM DOES HE SPEAK
WHEN HE CALLS OUT THAT LONESOME SOUND;
IS HE TALKING TO OTHER LOONS OUT THERE;
DOES HE KNOW THAT WE ARE AROUND?
IS IT FROM FEAR THAT WE'RE TREADING HIS SPACE
WITH OUR HOUSES AND CARS AND BOATS,
THAT MAKES HIM COMPLAIN, AGAIN AND AGAIN,
IN MOURNFUL, MYSTERIOUS NOTES?
WE MAY NEVER KNOW WHAT HE'S TELLING US,
WHILE PLEADING FROM DARK UNTIL DAWN,
AND IF CIVILIZATION KEEPS GROWING,
ONE DAY ALL THE LOONS WILL BE GONE.
J. L. SHIELDS
wife Ginny and I had searched for several years for a woodcarver/artist
who would take on a very special project for us - a pair of life-size Great
Blue Herons that would mount to a wall, yet give the effect of the birds
After visiting several waterfowl carving shows and viewing all sorts of
carvings, we decided that ... we wanted a natural-wood approach carved
with as much detail as possible and ... to capture realism and movement.
The following is from a piece forwarded by a satisfied
client who had written it for a local newspaper; it shows what you can
expect from a Matt creation:
artist we needed would have to have a natural love and deep understanding
of herons ... as well as the talent to carve beauty and texture into wood.
first met Matt during a weekend outing on Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
He was at the side of the road with a table displaying his unique and attractive
carvings. A life-sized raven caught my fancy, while Ginny was impressed
by a standing Great Egret. ... We had definitely found our artist!
presented him with our vision of the wall sculptures. He ...
accepted the challenge - great news! We traded email addresses and
Matt promised to stay in touch.
We were soon looking at sketches ... via home computer and liked what we
saw. Questions and ideas flowed back and forth on a regular basis
as Matt met each challenge and e-mailed our way through the project; we
were thrilled to be kept abreast of the work as it progressed.
and I believe that the best decision we had made, early in the project,
was to give Matt the time and artistic license to create carvings he would
be proud of. ...(H)is carvings capture the intricate lines of wings
and feathers, the sensuous curves of the necks and the intensity and alertness
of the moment. We are absolutely delighted with the pair of
herons Matt has done for us ...
We are thrilled with the entire experience and also to have found a friend
in Matt. He made us feel special and major participants in his efforts.
Upper Marlboro, MD
The pieces Matt carved for this
client may be seen at HERONS
(scroll down to the bottom of
The CORMONS signature on each carving
Reach Matt at: E-mail
26201 Dennis Rd.
Parksley, VA 23421
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