Barela Studio

Eric Barela

Eric, Luis and Daniel Barela in front
of their cedar pile in Talpa, NM 
Eric Barela, age 15, is the eldest son of Luis Barela and is the great-grandson of famous New Mexico woodcarver, Patrocinio Barela.

Eric continued the family tradition of cedar woodcarving.  He is the third-generation to create beautiful carvings using hand tools just like his great-grandfather. 

Eric is currently inactive as a carver 

Artist Statement

I like to carve because I can earn my own spending money.

I have made about 30 carvings, so far.

Saint Peter and the Key to Heaven
Cedar 7" x 2" Private Collection

Eric Barela


Contact the Artist
Eric Barela, 21 Ortiz Rd (Talpa), (505) 758-7966
HC-78 Box 10015; Ranchos de Taos, NM  87557