Miguel Estrella & Martha Monroy – Comca’ac Ironwood Carving

The Comca’ac invented the art form of ironwood carving in the late 1960s and it continues today. Ironwood is a unique and beautiful tree that only grows in the Sonoran desert. Baskets made with Limberbush are an even older tradition. We do not know when it started, but it has never stopped. Baskets are still made in the old ways, with natural vegetable dyes.

Miguel Estrella and his wife, Martha Monroy, both learned ironwood carving in their youth and continue to carve. Martha also learned to make baskets from her mother and continues to weave them. Both have mastered their art forms and taught others how to create as well. Both have exhibited internationally.


Cultural Communities / Countries of Origins

Festival Appearance
Folk Arts Area, Pennington St. (northside)

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