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Raymond Barela, Hollow Form Artist

El Nicho Folk Artist Spotlight

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Raymond Barela is a Santa Fe New Mexico native. He began wood working and turning as a young man. Fascinated by what he could create out of wood kept him interested in wanting to do more.


Each piece of art is specially created based on the type of wood, shape and the authentic turquoise that captures Santa Fe’s enchanting landscape and culture. He mainly uses native Mexican wood species like aspen, salt cedar, ponderosaosa, cottonwood,  and piñon, but also uses beautiful woods from other states such as box elder, mesquite, buckeye and others. He also incorporates into his art pieces shed elk and deer antlers.


When you purchase one of his art pieces, you are buying a piece of Santa Fe.

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