• fourFloyd and Phillip Morse present Floyd's master work "Life, Legacy & Love" to David Ortiz.
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The David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic
Floyd Scholz, Master Carver, Presents "Life, Legacy & Love"

An incredible opportunity was presented to me last Spring as I was asked to create something very special for someone very special.   David Ortiz, better known as "Big Papi," is the retired slugger and team leader of the Boston Red Sox. 

As a true sports hero in New England, he led the Sox to three World Series titles and set many records along the way. His leadership on and off the field is legendary as he rallied not just a city, but a nation, after the terrible Boston Marathon bombings a few years ago. His generosity has saved countless children's lives as he works to promote and fund his series of Pediatric hospitals for children suffering from heart disease.

Out of a giant stump of Maple Burl, I spent four months carving a sculpture which touched on all aspects of the champion`s life and career. I presented it to him and his family at a celebrity-filled event in early December. This took place in his home country of the Dominican Republic.

I wrote a poem to tell the story of the carving and read it onstage to a packed house of over 300 celebrity attendees.

This was GREAT exposure for the art of Birdcarving and I hope it opens a door for other artists to follow!

See the carving in progress and completed.