Create a Carving 

Albert Einstein. Customer Request

Custom Mascot


Commission Joe Ortega to create a folk art carving of your choice! Your family pet, a famous historical figure, a favorite animal, and more!

St. Cecelia,

Patron Saint of Musicians,

Customer Request

Custom Santo


Commission Pete Ortega to create a folk art carving of your favorite Patron Saint for a true one-of-a-kind keepsake!

How it Works

  1. Determine your Vision. Decide on the folk art woodcarving you would like to be created for you. This can be your family dog or cat, a famous figure from history, a relative or friend, or one of over 800 Patron Saints! Be aware that  exclusive licensing laws prevent certain characters from being reproduced (ex. Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Elvis, etc). 

  2. Determine your budget. Prices range from $50 for a small 6 in. carving to over $500 for larger more complex pieces. 

  3. Gather photographs. If your commission involves a pet or someone in your family, take photographs of your subject from all sides, front angle,  side and back views. 

  4. Complete the form below. This form will be submitted to El Nicho and we will have Joe or Pete to get in touch with you to refine your vision and provide you with a quote. 

  5. Submit payment. Once a price has been determined El Nicho will contact you for payment via credit card or cash if you are paying in person. Full payment is required prior to commencement on your carving. 

  6. Allow 6-8 weeks for your carving to be completed. You will be notified when your piece is ready and arrangements can be made for shipping or in-store pick up.