Catherine Robles Shaw, Santera
New Works

Large Retablo GALLERY

Large Altarscreens




Small Retablo Gallery




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Retablos and Altar Screens start with a flat board. Next it is hand plained and adzed like the boards of old.I use the traditional local woods, pine and aspen. I cut the board into the shape I want and then I begin carving. It's wonderful when I am able to find a large board that is one solid piece like the one shown in the photo (approximate width is 30") for altar screens.

I also carve the beams, Bultos and all architectual parts for my Altar Screens. These pieces are assembled into the Altar. 

Pines of the San Luis Valley consist of pinion, juniper, lodgepole, ponderosa, fir, cedar and spruce. These trees were the vigas of the roofs of the homesteads, as well as the barns and corrals for the livestock. The wood was used for almost every thing needed in the settlement from homes to furniture and tools firewood and fencing.

 Shortcuts to your favorite Retablos:

Mini Guadalupe Retablo

Small Retablos

Santa Librada

San Ysidro

San Samuel 

Small San Pasqual

Holy Family

San Roque

Santa Theresa

Santo Nino

Saint Luke

San Juan Neopomuceno

San Miguel

San Jose

San Antonio

Arc of the Covenant

 Santa Barbara

Large Guadalupe Retablo

Santo Nino de Prague

Angels Retablo

San Raphael

Saint Gabriel

Guardian Angels

Large San Jose

Santa Kateri

Adam and Eve

Small Guadalupe

Our lady of Peace 

San Francisco

We always have other

Santos available..

Just contact me.


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