Johannes Scholze – Woodcarver & Furniture Maker

Kurt Pankratz (Blacksmith)
Kurt Pankratz—Blacksmith
January 2, 2016
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Johannes Scholze – Woodcarver & Furniture Maker

Johannes Scholze (Woodcarver & Furniture Maker)

JOHANNES SCHOLZE, woodworker extraordinaire, trained as an artist, studying art, woodcarving, and furniture design at a Dresden, Germany, art academy. Immigrating to San Antonio as a young man, his art—from mantelpieces to balustrades to the San Antonio city seal—graces such South Texas treasures as the Aurora, the University of the Incarnate Word, and City Hall. When interviewed at the grand age of 102, Johannes remembered every piece he had carved in his eighty-year career. His tools are almost as old as he is, and he calls them by their German names even though he speaks mainly English and Spanish after settling in South Texas. Working with various carpenters and cabinetmakers who followed his instructions and designs, Scholze did all the hand carving himself. A list of his customers reads like a South Texas “Who’s Who”: Nixon, Dittmar, Kampmann, Steves, Frost, Brown, Denman, Fair, and even Lady Bird Johnson. Scholze carved the picture frame that holds LBJ’s life-sized portrait in the Texas State Capitol.