Hagerstown, MD 21742
Kathleen Hansen-Wiebel has been designing and making custom, one-of-a kind ornamental carvings for over 35 years. After completing a five- year apprenticeship study with renowned master carver, Konstantinos Papadakis in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she moved to Hagerstown, Maryland in 1980 and set up a small studio in her home. From here she has been creating furniture, architectural elements, frames and mirrors, decorative panels and accessories, restorative carvings for furniture companies, cabinetmakers, and private individuals. Utilizing the one hundred plus hand chisels and gouges she has at her disposal, her carvings represent a broad range of styles – from Victorian, Chippendale, Rococo, Louis XIV, and other archaic styles, to the more modern Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts genres. She does low to high relief, pierced, appliqued, and some in-the round carving. Her carvings on a multi- million dollar home in Tempe, Arizona, have been featured on HGTV’s “America’s 10 Most Amazing Kitchens”. http://www.craftmaid.com/videos/hgtv-top-10-amazing-kitchens/She has also restored the carvings on many Victorian furniture pieces, clocks, and architectural features. She restored the entrance to Halcyon House in Georgetown, in Washington D.C. and reproduced it inside the entry way. The Halcyon House is a Federal-style home built in 1787 by the first Secretary of the Navy, Benjamin Stoddert. The design for a carving is carefully re-searched as to preferred style, function, and placement in its surroundings, utilizing her own extensive collection of design books and periodicals, as well as acquired knowledge of many historic styles. The input of both the client and the artisan combine to create a unique and completely original piece of art which will add a touch of Old World elegance to any home or business.