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Ornamental woodcarving apprenticeship
 
Dimitrios Klitsas carving at his bench, Ornamental woodcarving apprenticeship, 2014; Hampden, Massachusetts; Photography by Maggie Holtzberg
Dimitrios Klitsas carving at his bench, Ornamental woodcarving apprenticeship, 2014

Hampden, Massachusetts
Photography by Maggie Holtzberg
 
Wood chest with carving and dovetail joinery; Ornamental woodcarving apprenticeship; 2014: Hampden, Massachusetts; Oak
Carving with birds and foliage; Ornamental woodcarving apprenticeship; 2014: Hampden, Massachusetts
Frame with grapevine; Ornamental woodcarving apprenticeship; 2014: Hampden, Massachusetts
Spiro Klitsas carving; Ornamental woodcarving apprenticeship; 2014: Hampden, Massachusetts
 
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Dimitrios Klitsas
Hampden, MA
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Spiro 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' 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.

Working under his father, Spiro Klitsas has picked up proficiency in basic ornamental carving. Having the advantage of observing his father work, he appreciates how subtle hand movements can produce drastically different results in the wood. Their apprenticeship will focus on Spiro learning to carve acanthus leaves as well as other classical Greek, Roman, and Byzantine styles of carving. They will work in a variety of woods including bass, mahogany, Spanish cedar, and oak. This apprenticeship will help prepare Spiro to someday continue the family carving business after his father is no longer able.

Dimitrios Klitsas was named a Traditional Arts Fellow in the 2016 MCC Artist Fellowship Program.
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