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Carpinteros Keeps Alive 80 Years of Authentic Craftsmanship

(Santa Fe, New Mexico) /// Carpinteros, formally known as Taos Furniture, recently acquired Santa Fe institution Southwest Spanish Craftsmen, a known leader in historic Spanish Colonial style custom furniture. All parties felt that the acquisition was both timely and beneficial. Keith Gorges, one of the three partners of Carpinteros and Tierra Concepts, Inc. said, "It's an opportunity where Santa Fe gets to maintain its image as a high quality art destination and business wise it increases Carpinteros' strengthand stability as a company which is exactly why we felt we needed to make a move."

Carpinteros prides itself as one of the rare authentic furniture designers specializing in true northern New Mexico style. Steeped in historical carpinteros traditions, northern New Mexico style consists of a blending between the original Spanish Colonial design and local New Mexican traditions. This fusion is the essence of the Santa Fe style that is known today. Carpinteros' sales were approximately one million for each of the past two years and are projecting similar sales this year. Partner Kurt Faust said, "We are thankfully in a situation where we can act as shepherds of this regional treasure to keep alive traditions in furniture making that are very important to us all."

Southwest Spanish Craftsmen was established in 1927. The Nussbaumers became the fourth owners of the business and guided the company for over 15 years. "The attention to detail in our furniture is the finest you’ll find." The characteristics of the Southwest Spanish Craftsmen line of furniture stem from Spanish Colonial and Spanish Provincial design. The history is that the Works Projects Administration (WPA) era served as an initial boost for the company as pieces were commissioned on a regular basis after World War I during the depression. Due to the current economic conditions and the Nussbaumers nearing retirement age, all parties agreed that the decision for Carpinteros to acquire the business seemed prudent. Nussbaumer said "Having been friendly competitors, colleagues and friends, I felt that the fit was perfect."

The Carpinteros family is thrilled to be showcasing a complimentary yet uniquely different line of furniture. Store Manager, Lynne Kasselman explained, "These are traditions that are dying everywhere else, and it feels great to be part of a team that believes deeply in carrying on these traditions." Customers hand select a wide variety of details from several designs available in the store and are able to create hybrid pieces that fit their personal style. "Introducing the Southwest Spanish Craftsmen line of furniture allows us to expand our list of creative options to our customers and that is very exciting," added Kasselman.

Partner Eric Faust remembered , "This is much like when we made the decision to purchase Taos Furniture. It is a quality line of furniture that compliments us, our philosophy and the unique style that we bring to Santa Fe via Carpinteros and Tierra Concepts, Inc." Besides making good business sense to merge the overhead of two stores into one, Gorges, Faust and Faust agreed that it allows the company to do good for their community and to help foster relationships, "which is ultimately what we are about."

To learn more visit or You can visit the showroom at 217 Galisteo, Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. You can also call Store Manager, Lynne Kasselman at 505.988.1229.


Eric Faust heads up Tierra Concepts' award-winning design team. He has a keen design sense and ability to visualize concepts in three dimensions. Eric uses an intuitive approach to working with clients in order to design custom homes that fully reflect the customers' needs and desires. He holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering and has an extensive knowledge of the AutoCAD drawing program. Eric's interest in architecture began at an early age; as a young man he helped design and remodel his own parents' home. He relocated to Santa Fe and formed Faust Construction Company with his brother Kurt in 1988. In 1993 Faust Construction merged with Blue Buffalo Builders to form Tierra Concepts, Inc.

Kurt Faust is in charge of sales and marketing for Tierra Concepts. Kurt has a bachelor's degree in fine arts, comes from a long line of artists and craftsmen. Like his brother, he was introduced to architecture and construction at an early age when his parents remodeled the many homes they lived in over the years. As a young man Kurt worked for a remodeling business owned by his aunt and he previously owned his own custom cabinetry business for several years before joining his brother to form Faust Construction. Kurt brings an appreciation for aesthetic considerations along with strong communication skills to the company to ensure customer satisfaction from the preliminary bid to the completed home. He is the former president of the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Association and a three-year member of its board of directors.

Keith Gorges is a hands-on builder who loves to get into the heart of the action. He oversees production for both Tierra Concepts and its subsidiary, Carpinteros. Keith brings to the company a great attention to detail, high standards of craftsmanship and a strong aesthetic sense. He is committed to meeting schedules and budgets. He combines a degree in environmental science and resource management with a background in fine custom home building, design and renovation. Keith has worked in the building industry for twenty years; he owned and operated Blue Buffalo Builders for five years before joining Eric and Kurt Faust to form Tierra Concepts. The transition was a smooth one as the two companies shared the same commitment to service and quality.

About Tierra Concepts, Inc.:

Tierra Concepts has built 100 Santa Fe homes in some of the communities most prestigious areas such as Las Campanas, Tesuque and the East Side Neighborhood. Many of the homes are award-winning with each one completed on time and on budget. The Tierra Concepts team is composed of some of Santa Fe's finest designers and craftsmen. Experience and pride show in every detail and in every customer relationship. With an appreciation of the diverse needs of each client, a versatile work ethic and impeccable attention to detail is employed at all stages of the process. To learn more about Tierra Concepts, Inc., please visit the website at

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