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This article was first published in Tulsa World on Saturday, October 26th, 2013. The article was written by Bill Sherman, World Religion Writer. Photo Credit: STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World.
Holy Trinity church installs hand-carved wooden screen.
The new 15- by 40-foot hand-carved wood screen at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is a labor of love.
Greek woodcarver Konstantinos Papadakis had just started the year-long project when his wife of 55 years died on July 30, 2012.
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Woodcarver Konstantinos Papadakis was recently interviewed by Tulsa World, a newspaper in Tulsa, OK.
Papadakis was recently in Tulsa to talk with leaders at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church about making a new, intricately carved 40-foot wooden screen to hold icons - holy paintings in the ancient Orthodox tradition.
Konstantinos Papadakis was featured on the KSTP-TV program "On The Road with Jason Davis" in a segment entitled "Handmade in Minnesota." This program was most recently broadcast on June 6, 2011, but was originally produced in 2009.
Kelly Keiter of Fox 47 News, KXLT in Rochester put together a piece on Konstantinos Papadakis before the Rochester Greek Festival in the fall of 2011. Konstantinos had recently completed the iconostasis at the Holy Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester, MN.
Machines, computers and robots are now doing work that human hands used to take care of. In some ways, it has made the process more efficient and less expensive. But gone is a bit of the authenticity.
Tucked away, though, in a south Minneapolis backyard is a cramped little wood shop where a Greek immigrant is keeping the old-fashioned craftsmanship alive.
On January 2, 2011, Konstantinos Papadakis was featured on WCCO-TV (CBS Minnesota) in a piece by Mike Binkley called Finding Minnesota: Greek Wood Carver.
To read the transcript of this piece, visit the CBS Minnesota website. To view the video, click on the image to the right. Enjoy.
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