Artistic Wood Carving Studio

Welcome to Artistic Wood Carving Studio

Konstantinos Papadakis is an old world master wood carver. His wood carvings have graced homes, offices, churches and public buildings throughout the world. To see his masterful work is to be transported back to a time when a building was more than a mere dwelling - it was immortality.

In a day where everything is mass produced in lots, his works seem almost too rich - too lush to be real. Each project is painstakingly crafted as a labor of love - as unique as the customers he creates them for. The care and devotion to an art almost lost in this modern world can be clearly seen in each and every piece.

His mastery of the Byzantine style of wood carving can be seen in the icon screens (iconostasis), thrones and chanter stands in Greek Orthodox Churches around the country and the world. His furniture graces the Minnesota State Capitol building.

Restorations and re-creations by Master Papadakis are on display with the Minnesota Historical Society. So painstakingly has he reproduced the Baroque style that his creations are identifiable only by catalog number. Even the historians themselves cannot tell the original from the reproduction by sight or touch.

Konstantinos has been making masterpieces in this country since the 1960's. His carvings are timeless, but many of the pictures are starting to fade. What remains will still show you the depth of art that flows from the hands of the master.


Project Update: St. George Orthodox Church, Indianapolis, IN

The iconostasis project for St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, IN was installed on May 9, 2014 just in time for the consecration of the Church on May 11, 2014. This project was designed and hand carved in White Oak by Konstantinos Papadakis. When the installation was complete, the gap between the edge of the iconostasis and the columns on either side was 1/8", a testament to the precision of Konstantinos' work.

In this photo, we see Konstantinos Papadakis (right) with his apprentice Paul Sirba.


Project Update: Holy Trinity, Tulsa, OK

In September, 2013, the new iconostasis was installed at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Tulsa, OK. The local news station did a short piece on this project, and a half-page article appeared called "Celebrating Traditions" appeared in the Tulsa World newspaper.

In addition, Konstantinos received a beautiful thank you card from a parishioner at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Dear Mr. Papadakis,

I am a parishioner at Holy Trinity in Tulsa OK and I just wanted to write and thank you for the beautiful and holy work you did in carving our iconostasion. It is such an amazing work and inspires me so spiritually. It is very apparent that this is your ministry and not just a job. May God continue to bless you and your work.


Brazilian Rosewood Console Table

This beautiful console table was hand carved and built out of rare and exotic Brazilian Rosewood. This is truly a one-of-a-kind work of art. The photos were taken upon completion in the workshop at Artistic Woodcarving Studio.


Holy Anagyroi Icon Stands

These icon stands were delivered to the Holy Anagyroi Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester, MN.



St. Nektarios Ceremonial Table

This ceremonial, or service table was delivered to St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church. Each face of the table depicts an image appropriate to the services being conducted.

Read more: St. Nektarios Ceremonial Table


Bishop's Throne

Here are some images of a recently completed project of a Bishop's Throne. From an article posted on the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (,

On the right-hand side of the nave is the bishop's throne from which he presides as a living icon of Christ among his people. Even in the bishop's absence, the throne reminds all that the parish is not an isolated entity but is part of a diocese which the bishop heads.

Read more: Bishop's Throne



I have worked with a wonderful painter and iconographer for many years by the name of Panaiotis Mihaloupoulos. Here are some images of the work he has done for projects we've worked on together. All of his work, like the work of Konstantinos is done by hand.

Read more: Iconography


St. George Orthodox Church, Indianapolis, IN

Here is an image from blueprints from another iconostasis project at St. George Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. This project will be carved in the Criticoeptanisiaco style. There are only five Churches in the world, known to be carved in this style. This will be the second Church in the United States carved in this style, and both projects will have been carved by Konstantinos Papadakis.

Read more: St. George Orthodox Church, Indianapolis, IN


Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Tulsa, OK

Here are some hand drawn blueprints for my new project, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Tulsa Oklahoma. The symbols in the panels on this project are taken from our rich Orthodox tradition. This project began in August, 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in August of 2013. The dimensions of this project are 38.5 feet long, and 15.3 feet high. The wood used in this project is American Black Walnut. The design details of these carvings are Papadakis originals.

Read more: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Tulsa, OK

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Read about Konstantinos Papadakis in a recent article published in Tulsa World.

On January 2, 2011, Mike Binkley, WCCO-TV presented a wonderful piece in his "Finding Minnesota" segment about Konstantinos Papadakis, the Greek Wood Carver.

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