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Architectural and figurative woodcarving
Woodcarving by Dimitrios Klitsas, Architectural and figurative woodcarving, 2013; Dimitrios Klitsas (b. 1948); Hampden, Massachusetts;
Woodcarving by Dimitrios Klitsas, Architectural and figurative woodcarving, 2013
Dimitrios Klitsas (b. 1948)
Hampden, Massachusetts
Peacock carving on display at the 2013 Lowell Folk Festival; Architectural and figurative woodcarving; 2013: Hampden, Massachusetts
Dimitrios Klitsas demonstrating at the 2013 Lowell Folk Festival; Architectural and ornamental woodcarving; 2013: Lowell, Massachusetts
Woodcarving tools on Dimitrios' workbench; Architectural and ornamental woodcarving; 2014: Hampden, Massachusetts; wood, steel
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Dimitrios Klitsas
Hampden, MA
Students come from around the country to study with master woodcarver Dimitrios Klitsas in his studio in Hampden. Like the architects and designers who seek out his impeccably carved ornamental work for fine homes and churches, these students are inspired by Dimitrios's ability to shape slabs of walnut, mahogany, or oak into breathtaking architectural and figurative works. Guided by his deep knowledge of the fundamentals of classical European design, Dimitrios patiently creates carvings that exemplify both his unique talent and his devotion to the tradition of his craft.

Dimitrios began his training in classical carving at age 13 at the Ioannina Technical School near his home in the foothills of northwestern Greece. After graduation, he served a five-year apprenticeship and then ran his own woodcarving shop in Athens for another five years, before coming to Massachusetts nearly four decades ago. His work here has been recognized nationally with commendations including the Arthur Ross Award for Artisanship from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Many of Dimitrios's students have gone on to professional carving careers, including his son, Spiro.

Dimitrios Klitsas was named a Traditional Arts Fellow in the 2016 Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship Program.
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