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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Carpinteros, Santa Fe

New Mexico is known for its rich history and traditions in woodworking and textiles. In Santa Fe, collectors, afficienados, and those with an appreciation for hand crafted furniture, can find products using traditional techniques dating back four centuries. Carpinteros, located at 217 Galisteo, Just a couple blocks from the Don Gaspar Inn combines two organizations dedicated to the legacy of hand crafted New Mexican furniture. These two companies, Taos Furniture and Southwest Spanish Craftsmen, feature heirloom and museum quality reproductions that exemplify the practices of carpinteros, or woodworkers who pioneered the Spanish traditions and techniques of their craft to suit the climate of New Mexico and the needs of its settlers. Every piece is crafted from kiln-dried Ponderosa pine, and is crafted utilizing mortise and tenon construction, hand planing, carving, chipping, and finishing. These products represent the pinnacle of quality in fine woodworking, employing traditional joinery techniques to ensure superior quality. Carpinteros offers custom pieces hand crafted by one craftsman from start to finish. Customers are welcome to walk through the woodshop to watch the progress of these made-to-order works of art. Each piece is signed by the craftsman who made it, making it a one of a kind representation of Southwestern style. For more information, visit,