Studio Showpieces

Dimitrios is a teacher, and maintains a lively and well attended wood carving school. For the purpose of educating students, he keeps over a dozen showpieces at his studio, pieces which he produced over the years for no other reason than to engage and instruct the eye. Dimitrios’ patrons also visit the studio, and these pieces assist them to see deeper into the work, and to thereby share the vision of the master wood carver.


Related Projects

Baroque Style Mahogany Chest

Baroque Style Mahogany Chest


This chest was designed and built by Dimitrios, out of mahogany, in an eclectic Baroque style. It can be seen in his studio, as a show piece for patrons and students.

Mahogany Chairs with Grapevine Motif

Mahogany Chairs with Grapevine Motif


A Massachusetts client had a large period dining table in mahogany and wanted to create a full set of chairs to match, ten chairs and two armchairs for the head of the table. They went to VCA, Inc. in Northampton, MA, a furniture maker, who built the chairs and...

Mahogany Corinthian Capital

Mahogany Corinthian Capital


This Corinthian style column capital was carved by Dimitrios Klitsas to serve as a studio model to demonstrate the effects of classical design to students and clients. It can be seen in Klitsas Woodcarving studio every day where it is performing that service. Please note the...

Baroque Style Bracket

Baroque Style Bracket


Designed by Dimitrios, the large Baroque style bracket in basswood was carved to show his students the infinite possibilities of carved wood. This showpiece, as are many of his showpieces, illuminates the creative process, so it is deliberately not finished. Note how the upper scroll begins as a shell and...

Natural Acanthus Plant Sculpture

Natural Acanthus Plant Sculpture


A common plant in the Mediterranean, the acanthus became a staple of classical ornament, frequently stylized in the process. Here, Dimitrios restores its natural presence in a free standing sculpture in walnut for one of his studio showpieces. The purpose is to remind his students of the natural roots of...

Basswood Panel Peacock and Grapes

Basswood Panel Peacock and Grapes


This Byzantine style panel of a peacock eating grapes is to a religious theme, but not in the liturgical style, in reference to the scripture, “I am the vine, ye are the branches.” The peacock symbolizes life and death, depending on whether the tail is displayed or not. This is...

Byzantine Style Peacock Panel

Byzantine Style Peacock Panel


Byzantine style panel of a peacock eating grapes, an image rich in meaning for the Orthodox Church. This is a recurring theme for Dimitrios. The work is in basswood, as are many of his formal liturgical pieces. This piece is religious in form, and more formal than a similar peacock...

Mahogany Grapevine Themed Screen

Mahogany Grapevine Themed Screen


Delicately carved grapes and leaves. This showpiece screen was carved on both sides from one piece of mahogany. It demonstrates the extreme delicacy of form that can be achieved by the master wood carver. Click here to see the panel featured in the television series "Making It Here" from WGBY, public television for...

Ball and Claw Foot Table Leg

Ball and Claw Foot Table Leg


This ball mahogany Ball and claw foot started out as a piece of furniture but wound up as a studio showpiece, demonstrating the uncanny realism that the woodcarver can achieve using such extreme undercuts. The leg appears to be supported completely by the tips of the three talons.  

Art Nouveau Tray, in Cherry

Art Nouveau Tray, in Cherry


In collaboration with woodworker Kurt Piper Woodworking of Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, Dimitrios produced this serving tray in cherry wood, in the style of leading Art Nouveau designer Hector Guimard. The intent of the showpiece was to demonstrate to clients that new, original work could be produced in this style....

Ancient Classical Dolphin Finial

Ancient Classical Dolphin Finial


This piece is reproduction of a number of marble finials that surmounted an ancient (334BC) Athenian monument, the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates. The originals have long been long lost to theft, time, and/or vandalism. It stands about 26” and was produced as a center post for a table that Dimitrios...

Carved Walnut Sign

Carved Walnut Sign


This Baroque style sign, carved out of walnut, stands about three feet high. It is one of Dimitrios’ earliest carved showpieces and can be seen at his studio.

Greek Village Relief

Greek Village Relief


Carved in basswood, by Dimitrios, this piece illustrates village life, focused on the spring, the source of life. The border is decorated with white oak leaves and acorns and the spring is shaded by a standing sugar...

Gilded Mahogany Dolphin and Anchor

Gilded Mahogany Dolphin and Anchor


This dolphin and anchor showpiece was carved out of mahogany, the anchor then guilded in 22 carat gold leaf. The piece hangs in Dimitrios' studio.