Wood Carving Classes

Learn from the Master Wood Carver

Dimitrios Klitsas is a master wood carver and teacher trained in the classical European tradition. On Wednesdays year-round, Dimitrios conducts three-hour wood carving classes for regular students close enough to be able to commute to his studio in Hampden, MA. For students from farther away, he offers longer, intensive workshops one to two weeks in length.  Also, Dimitrios is now offering sessions by appointment for those who cannot attend the regular Wednesday 3-hour sessions or the week and 2-week long sessions.  Please call Dimitrios for more information.

Whether beginning student or experienced artisan, Dimitrios helps all to define and reach their individual goals for craftsmanship and artistry. All students work at their own pace, on their own projects, and receive the individual attention that they need to grow. Click here to read what Dimitrios' students say about learning from the master wood carver.    

Work on Your Projects | Learn Carving Fundamentals 

Extended workshop sessions allow more time for new and regular wood carving students to spend a concentrated period on their own major projects. They will also find time for systematic training in handling tools and other wood carving fundamentals. Dimitrios teaches the skills of the professional artisan, as they were taught to him, beginning with how to stand before the work and how to hold and maintain the tools. Even accomplished carvers of long experience have found that they are now able to work longer without strain because of finally learning these important skills. Class topics include:

  • Basic Tool Control and Woodcarving Techniques

  • Correct Tool Cutting Edges and Sharpening

  • Fundamentals of Fine Woodcarving

  • Carving Organization and Form

  • Design Elements of Various Styles

Join the Community of Wood Carvers

Dimitrios is heir to a classical lineage of many styles which draws upon a long and ancient tradition. Classical woodcarving is an exciting form of self-expression in which one can find satisfaction on any level. This experience is made more rewarding by establishing sound, fundamental techniques. Join the rapidly expanding community of professional artisans and dedicated amateurs who have already reaped the benefits of Dimitrios' vast knowledge. Classes fill up quickly and space is limited so register today to reserve your spot.

Wood Carving Tool List (click here)

Please see our wood carving tool list, tools you must have in order to attend. If you have your own tools you are comfortable with, by all means bring them along with tools on the list.  All other materials are provided by school. Please also bring with you samples of your previous, as well as current work.

2017 Class Sessions

  • 3-Hour Wednesday Classes $45
  • 3- hour sessions start at 2:00pm
  • No registration required to attend Wednesday classes
  • If you are not able to attend class on Wednesdays, 3-hour sessions are available by appointment at your convenience.  Please call Dimitrios for more information $50

Extended Workshop Sessions

  • 40+ hours per week of carving time.  Dimitrios and the students return to the shop in the evening after dinner for extra carving time.

June 19 - 24 (One Week) $750.00

August 21 - 26 (One Week) $750.00

Oct 2 - Oct 14 (Two Weeks) $1,450.00

If you are not able to attend the week long sessions, please call Dimitrios to set up a session that is convenient for you. Cost for a one week private session is $1,200.00.  Two week sessions also available.


  • Registration required for all Extended Sessions.

  • Please confirm that there is space before making payment.

  • One half down payment required for all Sessions. 

  • All Sessions end at 12 noon on the final Saturday.


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