"The blue heron is truly a work
of art that cannot
be adequately described, but must be experienced."
(Comment made by the owner of one of Matt's heron carvings - for unsolicited, honest
opinions of Matt's work please be sure to click on CLIENTS' COMMENTS)
Egrets are herons that happen
to be white, though not always! Nor are all white herons called
egrets! To confuse matters further, not all egrets have the white
the fancy feathers on their backs when in breeding plumage. Below
are a few of the herons Matt has carved. Some are more detailed than
others, some have specially-made legs while some are on posts, and some
are large (up to 4 feet high in the great blue heron), others less than
life-size. You have many options
to choose from!
The poses shown here are popular, but may not be what you particularly want; in fact you can help design your own bird.
Prices currently run from $250.00
to $2,500 (for a museum quality, full-size great blue heron with carved
legs). Shipping will be added to the cost. Many people opt
to pick up the larger pieces themselves or make other arrangements.
||The Great Egret (formerly known as the
Egret and Common Egret)
is almost as large as the Great Blue Heron (below). It's much easier to paint than
the latter, hence is less expensive.
A carving of the quality shown in the photo to to the
left is $1,250, about half of what
Compare this photo with that
of a different Great Egret carving, near
"I have several (herons) ... but this is one of the best ones I have ever
The Great Blue Heron is as fancy as Matt gets (thus far). The fine feathers on the back and neck are fashioned from home -grown bamboo.
$2,500 may seem like a lot of money, but not if
Try to imagine handling a delicately
carved sculpture like this
Shown below are two of Matt's Great Blue Herons in the actual homes of the clients (who were nice enough to provide the photos).
Like paintings, carvings can be placed just
about anywhere in a room to create many different effects,
as these photos below show. For this reason Matt gets a variety of suggestions with regard to species (for shape, color and size), position (looking right, left of straight ahead or behind, necks extended or not, legs up or down, leaning forward or upright, etc.)
The heron carving to the left can be seen in the above photo, in the corner of the room, behind the sofa.
"We are truly enjoying your art and love how it enhances or home."
Matt can accommodate all or most of your requests to assure
that you get the carving that best suits your home's qualities.
"I've looked around since I saw a carving of your great blue heron. Many
cost much more, but none come close to yours in quality."
Miniatures, such as the Great Blue Heron
Matt is working on in the photo above, are also done upon request.
A finely carved miniature can be quite expensive, though
The Snowy Egret is a small heron.
The Black-Crowned Night Heron,
is done one on one,
Reach Matt at: E-mail
|The two Great Blue Herons shown here
were a special request by a couple who wanted full-size herons carved in relief to attach to a
large wall in their living room. These are done
in select white pine (no knots) and toned by the careful application of a flame, carefully sanded,
then polyurethaned and waxed to bring out both
the contrasting and the more subtle shades of
the herons' plumage. The photo below shows
the right-facing heron in full view; the photo to
the right shows a closer view.
In both herons the wood grain was
As the clients said when they saw the
For these very original, finely composed and artistically executed heron a single carving would be $950, a pair $1750.
| To the left (full view) and below (a
closer view) is the second of the pair,
in which the heron is looking to the left.
One client asked for a Little Blue Heron
in a style that was a bit more abstract. The head feathers
are an example of artistic license. Mounted on a metal stand this carving will add a touch of elegance in the right home. The photos below show the same carving from different aspects. A carving of this quality and originality is $450.
26201 Dennis Rd.
Parksley, VA 23421
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