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Traditional Carpentry and the Legacy of Pete Smith

Join us for Second Saturday at Casa San Ysidro


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Jun 08, 2019
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM


Casa San Ysidro
973 Old Church Road
Corrales, NM 87048


The craftsmanship of woodwork within the Colonial and Territorial periods of New Mexico has become iconic. The romance of New Mexico style or “Santa Fe style” art form has been practiced for over 400 years by early conquistadors to struggling settlers along the Rio Grande valley. Casa San Ysidro’s woodwork highlights New Mexico style, American Empire, and other examples of the vernacular art, furniture, and architecture of the periods.

For more than 60 years, carpenter Pete Smith has been a prominent figure in Corrales. Pete's long career was his work, which can be seen in the homes he designed and built around Corrales. Today, the Old Church and Casa San Ysidro are two of Corrales’s landmarks of Pete's legacy. To showcase both the talent and conservation that goes into preserving this work, historical furniture and wood conservationist, Keith Bakker, will provide a review of tools and techniques commonly used on New Mexican furniture and a workshop teaching Spanish carpentry practices. Carpenter Mark Parrish, apprentice of Alan Minge and Pete Smith, will discuss the items he helped restore over 20 years ago in a specialized tour and inside look on the unique carpentry collection after the lecture.




Aaron Gardner