Eligio Baca of Chimayo, New Mexico - "LIFE" photo, date unknown

Eligio Baca

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Eligio Baca was a lifelong resident of Chimayo, New Mexico. He was maker of Spanish Colonial furniture for the famous Ortega Weavers of Chimayo.


His specialty was chairs and couches custom made to a patron's orders, usually upholstered in fabrics woven to order with the pieces designed to last for several generations.


In 1968, David Ortega said of Baca, “He's a terrific craftsman. He does all our furniture making and there are many people who are very satisfied with his work. I'm one of them.”


Eligio Baca died in 1977 after a lengthy illness.

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