Chris M. Sandoval, Artisans of the Desert

Chris worked with me, took my idea seriously and moved it from ink and paper right into the guest room. The craftsmanship was outstanding. Chris' customer service was impeccable, and the delivery and installation were seamless."

James J. Owens
Placitas, New Mexico

About Chris Sandoval and Artisans Of The Desert

Artisans of the Desert was founded in 1981 by Chris Sandoval, an accomplished fine furniture designer and wood craftsman. His unique style is rooted in traditional designs yet infused with a modern design sensibility.

Chris was initiated into woodworking as a child by his father George, who gave him the task of sweeping sawdust when Chris was about six years old. A few years later Chris learned about sanding and staining, and at age 11 he learned the basics of woodcarving. Through his teens Chris continued to work with his father and gained a solid foundation in the craft of making traditional Spanish Colonial furniture.

After completing college with a degree in music, Chris returned to furniture making, spending two years as an apprentice to Albuquerque contemporary furniture maker Frederico Armijo. Working with modern designs and new techniques was a source of inspiration for Chris, who began fusing elements of contemporary and traditional designs into his own distinct style. By 1981, he was ready to start his own studio and Artisans of the Desert was born.

Since starting his furniture business, Chris has focused on high-quality commissioned pieces for individual clients as well as businesses, churches and cultural centers. He has also continued to design and build his own handmade wood furniture, which has received numerous awards and other recognition at shows nationwide.

As Artisans of the Desert approaches the 30-year mark, Chris remains the primary craftsman in the workshop, creating and building his own original designs as well as commissioned work. He manages a staff of approximately 5 woodworkers who help in the building process.