Monday, December 17, 2007

St. Paraskevi

Material: Linden wood.
Dimensions: approximately 30 x 40 cm.
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece.
Completed: Summer of 1999, while I was on Mt. Athos.
Finished with oil.
Particularities: The line now on the face of the icon was not on the surface of the wood when I began to carve it. The person who commissioned it wanted two columns with ivy.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

St. Nicholas

Material: Linden wood.
Dimensions: 35x45x4.
Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Completed: around 2005
Finished with oil.

St Irene

Material: Linden wood.
Dimensions: 35x50x4 cm.
Location: Panorama, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Completed: June 15, 2002.
Finished with oil.
Particularities: Elizabeth and Johana gave it to their teacher of iconography, whose name is Irene. She is a nun at a monastery. She was also my teacher.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Glykofilousa 2

Material: Linden wood.
Dimensions: 30 x 40 x 5 cm.
Location: Triadi, Thessaloniki, Greece.
Completed: Dec. 12, 2002.
Finished with oil.
Particularities: None of the flowers is the same as the others.
This icon was a gift from a mother to her daughter.

St. John the Baptist

Material: Poplar.
Dimensions: approximately 20 x 15 x 3 cm.
Location: Akron, Ohio, USA
Completed: 1991.
It has been finished with varnish.
This icon was a gift from a presbytera to her godson.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Glykofilousa (Sweet Kissing)

Material: lime wood.
Finished with oil.
Dimensions: 38 x 55 x 5 cm.
Location: Makrilogos, Pierias, Greece.
Finished: June 3, 2004.
Particularities: The flowers around the icon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

St. George

Made of linden wood.
Dimensions: 48 x 102 x 10 cm.
Location: Cedar Lake, Indiana, USA.
Finished and delivered in July, 2005.
Approximate time for completion: 5 months.
I made a special box for this icon to transport it to America. I oiled it while I was there. I was assisted in the entire process by my son.
Particularities: It has a number of flowers, a lake, a few cypress trees, St. George on his horse slaying the dragon, the princess by the lake, the tower with the royals and the soldiers observing the event and all is surrounded by mountains.
I hope you enjoy this icon. There is plenty to see and to discover.

This is a closeup of the horse so that we might be able to appreciate the workmanship on the head and the hair of the horse.

This is a detail of the icon that shows the dragon.

What you see here is the bottom of the icon and it has a number of trees and flowers which took a long time to make. I don't think you can appreciate it unless you double click on the image to expand it. This icon is 5 months of work and it has many details which need to be carefully examined in order to appreciate the work. For instance, the leaves on the tree on the left has taken 4 days to do. There is a similar tree on the other side which took as long. The flowers are about 4-5 cm. tall and they are on several levels.

Holy Transfiguration

Made out of linden wood.
Finished with cassia and oil.
It has six persons: Christ in the center, Moses on one side holding the tablets, Elijah the Prophet on the other side, the disciples who saw the light and fell down (Peter, John, and James).
Dimensions: 30 x 45 cm.
Location: Metamorphosis, Halkidiki, Greece

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Saint Athanasios

St Athansios the Great
This icon was completed in the spring of 2001.
It is on lime wood, finished with oil.
Particularities: It has a grapevine with grapes which begin with one grape, then two grapes, and so on till there are twelve, as each is a symbolic number. Other bunches are random numbers. It also has six birds in different poses and in different places in the icon. It is my first and only icon that is made with openings that go through the wood.
Location: Kalamaria, Thessaloniki, Greece.
This icon is a gift from Tasos and Maria to his father.

Friday, November 30, 2007


Material: linden wood
Dimensions: 34x52x5
Time from order to begining: 5 years
Time to complete: 5 months
Patient person who ordered the icon: Mother!
Completed: November 2, 2005
Number of faces: 27
Location: Philiria, Peonias, Kilkis

St. Demetrios no. 2

This icon was completed in April 2004.
It is on linden wood
Dimensions: 30x45x4cm
The wood is plane and it does not have a finish
Location: Panorama, Thessaloniki, Greece

St. Demetrios

St. Demetrios ia a small icon. It is about 20 x 25 or so cm and about 4 cm thick.
It is done on linden wood and finished with oil.
It was completed in April of 2002
Location: American Farm School, Thessaloniki, Greece

Archangel Michael no. 2

This Icon was completed on linden wood and finished with oil on Saturday Junce 4, 2005.
It is one of my favored icons and this is the reason I have done it for the second time.
The dimensions are about 35X 50 cm or so, and it is about 5 cm thick.

This icon was placed in an exibit. A visitor came and after carefull examination asked me: "How did you get the grain of the wood alligned so well with the background?" He was surprised to find that this was one piece of wood and not two pieces glued together.

This icon is at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece.


This Icon of Jesus Christ was completed on linden wood on the 3rd of July 2004. The dimensions are about 35X 45 cm and it is about 5 cm thick and it was finished with oil.

This was a joint effort between me and another person. He did the hard work and I did the art work.

This icon is at the American Farm School in Thessaloniki, Greece

Thursday, November 29, 2007

St George & St Demetrios

Material: Linden wood
Completed: July 24, 2004
Dimensions: approximately 30 x 40 cm.
Finished: with oil
Location: Edessa, Greece
Particularity: This icon is carved against the grain
Commissioned privately for a lady with two sons, George and Demetrios

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Archangel Michael no. 4

This carving was completed in three weeks time and it took one week to sand down. It is carved on lime wood and it shows Archangel Michael. Because it is the fourth time that I have carved this same icon, I call it Archangel Michael 4. Its dimensions are 48 cm wide, 1.20 cm tall and about 10 cm thick. This stage is right before I detailed the hair, the eyes and some other minor finishing touches.

Oiling the icon on November 6, 2007 at the office of a beloved person.

You can see and appreciate the thickness of the wood and the carving which is all one piece of wood. No cuts, glues, nor mending were used.

Oiling the back is essential because this is wood and its a living organism. Whatever you do in the front, you need to do in the back so as to keep it from warping.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Archangel Michael no. 3

Material: Bass wood, finished with oil
Dimensions: 30cm x 40cm
Completed: May 2006
Location: Thermi, Thessaloniki