|The Black Duck is actually dark brown, but looks black from a distance. It's one of the tipping ducks, hence holds its wings high over the back. The male and female differ slightly in bill color. A carving like this would be $225, but could be done for less with a few changes (such as having the wings hug the body). A young couple, he from Italy, she from Sweden purchased a pair of black ducks, of which this was one.|
|The Canvasback, with its unique sloping
profile is a favorite with the hunters among Matt's clientele. It has deep red eyes in a reddish-brown head which sits atop a black breast. The body is white, ending in black
tail and wing tips . This carving is only $275, inexpensive if you agree how well the species
is captured here. People who really can't see the difference between Matt's work and others' should consider the less expensive choice.
|The female Canvasback to the right
was a special request. The client wanted
feet (Matt made the ones shown) and the duck tilted forward with the head looking
to the side. Every request is considered,
and Matt has honored almost all so far. The exception was a pelican diving into
the water which the client had seen done
in bronze. Matt could have done it, but
not for what the client was willing to pay. Of a bronze and a wooden sculpture, alike
in every other way, the wooden sculpture would be the more costly. One reason is
that the bronze is begun as a clay model which is much easier to rework than wood.
Another reason is that a bronze can be duplicated many times for a very profitable numbered series, whereas a wooden carving is done once and that's it. Also, a bronze is not usually painted.
The price for this special order was $425 (with cast feet, if available, it would be $375).
|The Pochard, is a European species.
It resembles the Canvasback - but also the Redhead (DUCK PAGE 3).
It's priced the same as the native Canvasback in the photo above, $275.
One of Matt's Pochards resides in England.
decoys you carved are the pride of my collection. They
look awesome in the water. I would never consider selling them."
|The Oldsquaw (now called the less offensive Long-tailed Duck), like the pintail, has a long tail, It's a much easier bird to paint, hence it is less expensive. One of the quality shown is $350. Simpler Oldsquaws (for as low as $150) are shown on DUCK PAGE 3|
|The Gadwall, though not brightly colored, has its grays, blacks, browns and whites arranged in subtle patterns that places it among the most beautiful of ducks. This carving, with lots of relief, and difficult painting which properly captures the feeling of this species is $375.|
|The Surf Scoter is one of a few
different species of scoters. All are
basically black. This one is distinguished
by the white markings on the head.
This particular carving has an exquisite
head and costs $350. Less expensive
ones would not get the attention this one
has gotten with regard to the head detail.
This carving is in Germany, purchased
by an avid birder who knew the carving
|The Blue-Winged Teal is a small duck with
the very distinctive facial crescent shown here .
blue wing is usually hidden, but can be shown if requested. A carving
like this is $275. Matt's birds are wonderful to
feel, as well as to see.
Imagine the feel of this beautifully crafted wooden carving.
" ... how delighted ... my husband is ... absolutely LOVES it!"
|Another teal is the Green-Winged Teal (of which only a hint of the green wing shows here). This carving is equivalent in quality and price to the Blue-Winged Teal above.|
|Unreal? The real King Eider is exactly
like this carving; none of the colors are exaggerated, nor is the shape of the head. This is a diver of the north seen by most birders only in the winter in southern areas. To get the head correct takes a lot of
effort, not only in the painting, but in the carving.
A King Eider carving is $375.
|The Ruddy Duck is a small diver
that once seen is never forgotten. This
is a male in breeding plumage. The
price is $275. None of the colors are exaggerated, including the striking bill.
In winter plumage it looks like a different duck, but the chunky body
and big head give it away. Below are four carvings of Ruddys in winter. Note that no two are alike, since each is done from a completely new aspect each time (no patterns).
|This is a smooth carving of a duck not many know, the
Getting the head shape, pattern and colors just right
are what make this such a nice carving.
$225 is an excellent price for a carving
that says HARLEQUIN as well as this
one does. If any carving Matt does for
you does not, in your opinion, capture the feeling of the species depicted, just send
it back. Of course Matt expects you to
be just as demanding with other carvers.
"The carving is just beautiful! It is everything and more than I expected."
|The Labrador Duck is a species that's
been extinct since 1875. There aren't many carvings of them around, but three are shown here. They're related to scoters and eiders,
with qualities of both.
The bill had leathery lateral extensions
Matt will carve a very nice Labrador Duck for you, with feathers in relief on the back and wings, for $325.
26201 Dennis Rd.
Parksley, VA 23421