One Olive at a Time

Amanda Doggett and a small group of apprentice joiners were sent by Colonial Williamsburg to study with the master woodcarver, Dimitrios Klitsas at his studio in Hampden, MA. Over a period of two weeks, they endeavored to absorb his lessons, which she boiled down to his dictum, “One olive at a time.” With so much to learn, she said, Dimitrios kept returning to the topic of maintaining focus and remaining patient. Coming from a historical background, Ms. Doggett brings an historical context to studying with Dimitrios.

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Workshop Revelations

One of the perks of working under Dimitrios is that you benefit from the vision that he developed over decades of experience mastering his craft. He'll teach you how to see the same carving in a new way. Then he'll help you bust through your creative blocks and create a work of art that has the ability to surprise, in that the viewer can see something new with each viewing of it.

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