Barela Studio

Daniel Barela

Eric, Luis, and Daniel Barela in front
of their  cedar pile in Talpa, NM

Daniel Barela, age 14, is the son of Taos woodcarver, Luis Barela and the great-grandson of the famous New Mexico woodcarver, the late Patrocinio Barela.

Daniel carries on the family tradition of cedar woodcarving.   He is the third generation of woodcarver to use hand tools to create beautiful sculptures from cedar wood.


Daniel is an award winning Woodcarver and has won numerous prestigious awards from the Spanish Colonial Arts Societies "Traditional Spanish Market" held the last weekend of July in Santa Fe, NM.
Artist Statement
I carve to keep the family tradition going.

I like to look at a piece of cedar wood to see what I can carve in it.

I have been in the Spanish Market for two years and have made appproximately 40 carvings, so far.

St Joseph and Jesus
 Cedar 13" x 3"

Daniel Barela

Contact the Artist
Daniel Barela - 21 Ortiz Road (Talpa);  (505) 758-7966
HC-78 Box 10015, Ranchos de Taos, NM  87557
Studio Appointment Appreciated
Commissions Accepted