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RESOURCE LIST: New England Fixers

RESOURCE LIST: New England Fixers
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Our handy list of “fixers” will lead you to the craftsmen in your area who can fix your prized possessions.

ANTIQUE LIGHTING

Yankee Craftsman
Wayland, MA
508-653-0031; yankeecraftsman.com
A family owned business since 1970, with an extensive selection of restored lighting.

Renaissance Antique Lighting
Newport, RI
401-862-509; antique-lighting.com
Restoration and conservation of original finishes and patination is a specialty. Also offering rewiring services to update older residential and commercial light fixtures of all sizes.. We have rewiring services to update older residential and commercial light fixtures of any size. We are an U.L approved shop.

ART

Geary Art Gallery
Darien, CT
203-655-6633; gearygallery.com
Providing cleaning, repair, and art restoration of oil paintings and frames.

Randy Smith & Linda Hampton Smith
Randy Smith Art Restoration
Middlebury, VT
802-352-4450; randysmithartrestoration.vpweb.com
Over 55 years of combined experience; specializing in oil paintings, folk art, and paint decorated objects.

Williamstown Art Conservation Center
Williamstown, MA
413-458-5741; williamstownart.org
Staff conservators are skilled in treatments ranging from surface cleaning to paint-layer stabilization to the complete restoration of damaged artworks. The lab is expert in the full range of painting materials and techniques. These highly-skilled conservators and technicians have the expertise to undertake projects of virtually any scale or level of complexity, working for large-scale institutions and individual collectors.

Gentle Giant Moving Company
Boston, MA
617-440-1664; gentlegiant.com
A big company, offering one-stop shopping for moving and repairs including the repair of oil paintings and frames.

BOOKS

John Rauscher, M.A.
Molly Stark Bindery
Weare, NH
603-529-5644; mollystarkbindery.com
As a used and antiquarian bookseller since the 1990’s, John Rauscher knows his subject. Whether they’ve become dog-eared, pages torn or loose, hinges split or backs broken, he can offer you affordable options to take care of your treasured books.

Applefire Bookbinding & Restoration
Attleboro, MA
866-406-8876; applefirerestoration.com
Specializing in restoring many types of books, especially cookbooks, keepsakes and museum collections.

Carlson Turner Antiquarian Books & Bookbindery
Portland, ME
207-773-4200; carlsonturnerbooks.com
In addition to offering over 40,000 antiquarian and used titles for sale, they offer full service hand bookbindery repairs, conservation, and box making.

CHAIR CANING

Sandy Sherman
Sherman Chair Caning
Brookline, VT
802-365-9382; shermanchaircaning.com
Sandy has been offering instruction at Fletcher Farm School on the art of chair caning for about a decade. All matter of caning is covered here in this family run business: Shaker tape, wicker repair, fibre rush, hand caning, splint weave, Danish cord, natural rush, and specialty projects too.

Bernard Zike
Able to Cane
Portland and Warren, ME
207-615-8373; abletocane.net
In business for over 25 years. Reeds, caning and paper fibre rush are all from sustainable sources, and only 100% cotton Shaker tape is used. At a local pond, Zike hand-harvests the cattails that become natural rush seats woven onto the finest antiques.

Sarah Correia
S&S Chair Caning
Brighton, MA
617-739-6868; brightonchaircaning.com
Double French cane or double blind cane, most often found on French or American antiques, is a specialty. Chairs, tables, settees, sofas, benches, and other heirloom pieces welcomed.

CLOCKS & WATCHES

Michael Poisson
MGP, Inc. – Clock and Watch Restoration
Wayland, MA
508-655-1958; mgpclockrestoration.com
A third generation horologist and a uniquely skilled artisan, Michael Poisson makes many clock parts by hand, enabling him to restore 1700-1940 era timepieces to their full operation and original splendor. Free estimates. Repair costs vary widely.

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

Debbie Despres

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Debbie Despres

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Debbie Despres is an associate editor for the magazine. Deb is the primary fact checker for Yankee Magazine and also contributes content to each issue. A member of YPI’s corporate staff since 2000, Deb joined Yankee’s editorial team in 2011. A native of New Hampshire, with a work history that includes several years in the travel industry, she enjoys discovering new destinations, and the myriad of road trip opportunities unique to New England.
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