• Floyd with banjoBirds and banjos: these are a few of my favorite things. Peregrine falcon and a Deering Eagle II Banjo.
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Floyd Scholz, Master Carver

"As one of the fastest growing and most collectable art forms in the world today, decorative bird carving has earned it's place among the most admired and respected of all the traditional North American arts. The magical diversity in size, shape and coloration of birds is dazzling. It's no wonder they have been celebrated throughout the centuries in art, music and literature!"

"Their mesmerizing effect on humans is unmatched by any other group of animals, and as you learn more about them... it's easy to see why!"

News Archives

...never better, June 2017!

Greetings all! Summertime is upon us! Carving seminars and renewed friendships await!

Open Heart Surgery was an experience I care not to repeat... but it saved my life! A positive attitude and the love and support of family and friends helped me come through it a better person. I've learned long ago that it's not WHAT happens to you, but HOW you react to it that determines the outcome! After emerging from the dark, challenging, painful "tunnel" of the past several months I'm happy to report that I'm healing great and feeling energized and more excited than ever to resume my creative endeavors!

2017 is shaping up to be one of the most promising and exciting years at the Vermont Raptor Academy in a long time! With a line up of beautiful, challenging and rewarding birds offered in this year's classes, I can tell you that I can't wait to get the smell of Tupelo dust and burned wood back in the air!

Get ready, rest up and I'll see you all soon!

...a curveball, March 2017!

Hello Friends,
Sometimes life throws a curveball. I'm having open-heart surgery the latter part of this month and have to modify my seminar schedules. Unfortunately, I have to cancel the May Marsh Hawk seminar. The June Sharp-shinned Hawk is being moved from 4-14 to 19-29. I need a minimum of three full months recovery. Luckily I'm really healthy and heal fast. Please be patient; I want to give the best that I can in my seminars.

3/22/17: Floyd reports that he's on the "Fast Track" to recovery!

Floyd's Big Adventure!

"I had the incredible opportunity to create a very special carving for David Ortiz, better known as "Big Papi," the retired slugger and team leader of the Boston Red Sox, AND to present it to him at his charity golf tournament in the Dominican Replublic." Read more...

...and suddenly, it's 2017!

It's been said... "Time flies when you're having fun!" Well... for those of you who have attended any of my seminars in the past, the passage of "Time" can take on a whole new meaning! At the Vermont Raptor Academy, and in Gwinn, Michigan at Krausmann's, in addition to "FUN," toss in... Hard work, Focus, Creativity, Learning, Confidence, Accomplishment, and most importantly... Improvement! Then you'll see, Time won't simply "Fly." It will seem as though it's reached LIGHT SPEED!!

As I look back on 2016, my own studio work and seminars can best be summed up with three words: anticipation, excitement and accomplishment! Now approaching my 49th year of carving and painting birds, I'm more excited now than ever before and here's why I know the best has yet to come!

Once you see the seminar lineup for 2017, I'm sure you'll feel the same way I do! Let me enthusiastically encourage you to make the commitment to better yourself, meet new friends, and get ready for yet another year of even more learning! From Flickers to Falcons, there's something for everyone in all skill levels. Adding to your improvements in technique and skill, you'll come away from my seminars with a renewed sense of confidence. That's right—confidence in the fact that you can take your carvings to a higher level and amaze not just those around you, but yourself as well! I look forward to seeing you soon!

Floyd Scholz

Celebrating 20 years of Vermont Raptor Academy

May 12, 1996 was the first seminar in the Hancock, VT Schoolhouse!


Hello to my fellow carvers and friends. The days, weeks and months of 2015 whizzed by like a hungry Peregrine Falcon in pursuit of prey.

Turning my thoughts towards this upcoming new year, I'm as excited as ever about the potential and continuing evolution of Bird carving and its place among the great artistic movements of the past and present century. Feast your eyes on the new line up of exciting and challenging seminars I'll be teaching at the Vermont Raptor Academy and at Krausman's in Gwinn, Michigan.

In this age of addictive digital magic and instant, "downloadable" information overload, it's comforting to know that the traditional arts are still alive and well. During the past couple of years I`ve been noticing a greater appreciation for and premium prices paid for top level, handmade art. Collectors, like anyone, must be growing weary of the annual, frantic commercial push towards faster, smaller and cheaper gadgets.

The "Arms Race of mass produced mediocrity" will go on, but when the spark of inspiration hits, I'm just happy to work in the solace of my carving Studio doing what I love most... Listening to music, researching, designing new compositions and carving birds.

Happy carving!

Floyd Scholz

June 12, 2015

Hello friends! It's early summer here in Vermont, and the surrounding forests and fields are undergoing an explosion of new life. A lively chorus of songbirds harken in each new day around 5:30 am.  As the sun begins to climb you can almost watch the buds opening and see the grass growing! Ah the sights, sounds and smell of late spring!

Here in my studio, my thoughts, focus and energies turn toward completing two very important commissions, and of course preparing for my upcoming seminars! A lot of planning and preparation go into each class long before the first students ever arrive. To ensure each event runs smoothly, I try to anticipate the needs of the students and address any difficulties which may arise well in advance. I firmly believe that good preparation is the key to success and completion...

Happy carving!  Floyd

April 8, 2015 note from Floyd

"Hello friends and fellow carvers! I'm hard at work finishing a couple of really cool carvings for the upcoming World Championships in a few weeks... Hope to see you there!"

"In the meantime, if you are considering joining me this year to take a class, you'd better decide soon as all the seminars are filling up and I'd sure hate for you to miss out! Sign up today! You'll be glad you did."

Floyd Scholz Honored as Living Legend 2014

Floyd was honored with a Ward Foundation 2014 Living Legends Award at the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition, April 25, 2014 by The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Ocean City, Maryland.

(Updated) Website Launch 2013

"I'd like to extend a special invitation to you! Together let's explore my exciting world of Birds, Art, Woodcarvings, Literature and Learning. As you delve deeper into my website, my love of Birds and passion for Art will shine through. I'd like to share with you my 46 year journey celebrating the splendor of the birds around us through the beautiful and traditional art of bird carving." Continue...

Press, Presentations

  • November 25, 2015: Datchworth, England, presentation and book signing at the Datchworth Community Center.
  • November 18, 2015: Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Welwyn, UK The Wonder of Raptors Presentation.
  • November 15, 2015: London, England Book signing at the British Museum.
  • September 12, 2015: Wausau, Wisconsin, Birds in Art at the Woodson Museum.
  • August 8, 2015: Manchester, Vermont, American Museum of Fly Fishing book signing, Q&A and display.
  • June 12-13, 2015: Caracas, Venezuela, TV and Radio appearances about the diversity and beauty of tropical birds and how that translates into objects of Art.
  • April 24-26, 2015: Ocean City Maryland, Ward Foundation World Wildfowl Carving Competition at the Roland Powell Convention Center.

Studio Location

Scholz's studio is located in Bennington, Vermont at the Bennington Center for the Arts.