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RESOURCE LIST: New England Fixers

RESOURCE LIST: New England Fixers
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Brad French
The Vermont Guitar Wizard
Colchester, VT
802-893-7500; vtguitarwizard.com
A former rocker and current luthier, Brad French offers restoration, repairs, customization work, and construction of all fretted and bowed string musical instruments.

David Baker
Baker Violin Shop
Dummerston, VT

802-254-4425; bakerviolinshop.com
Violins, fiddles, violas, and cellos will find themselves in good hands here. David Baker, the shop luthier, has spent the last nine summers training under the keen eye of the world-renowned master Hans J. Nebel, a fourth generation violinmaker.

Tucker Barrett
Brattleboro, VT
802-254-6299; tuckerbarrett.com
This shop is dedicated to the repair and restoration of vintage and contemporary acoustic and electric guitars. And, word has it that Tucker Barrett’s fret work is particularly exquisite.

PHOTO RESTORATION

Giclée of New England
Palmer, MA
413-284-4344; gicleeofnewengland.com
Among the variety of services offered is photo restoration. Giclée (pronounced ghee-clay) prints of archival quality will last for generations if kept under the proper conditions.

Williamstown Art Conservation Center
Williamstown, MA
413-458-5741; williamstownart.org
Offering consultation and treatment on all types of historic and contemporary photographic and photomechanical materials, 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.

QUILTS

Marilyn Distelberg
Newfane Country Store
Newfane, VT
802-365-7916; newfanecountrystore.com
Utilitarian fixes are the focus here, the perfect solution for extending the life of a quilt that bears a sentimental attachment.

Deborah Bede
Stillwater Conservation Textile Studio
Bradford, NH
603-938-2310; stillwaterstudio.org
Offering all preventive and remedial textile conservation services.

Museum Textile Services
Andover, MA
978-474-9200; museumtextiles.com
Providing conservation treatment for quilts and coverlets and other textiles.

STOVES

Steve Baldwin
Dublin, NH
603-563-8266
Since learning how to do this work, Steve’s been off and running repairing Vermont Castings brand woodstoves for folks all across New England.

Doug Pacheco
Barnstable Stove Co.
W. Barnstable, MA
508-362-9913; barnstablestove.com
Each of the 500 antique stoves in stock has been restored to its original glory and highest functional capability. Over 30 years of experience in stove restoration service.

TEDDY BEARS & STUFFED ANIMALS

Deanna Brittsan
Dee’s Collectibles
Warwick, RI
401-738-2127; E-mail to brittsnsnow@cox.net
It’s as nostalgic as can be, wanting to patch up the old teddy bear so you can share more years together. It can be done, and Deanna Brittsan is a master in the art. She’s been written up in several books about the history of teddy bears, and her attention to detail and devotion to research have made her a sought-after entity on the antique stuffed animal circuit.

TEXTILES

Williamstown Art Conservation Center
Williamstown, MA
413-458-5741; williamstownart.org
Conservation of textiles involves stabilization, cleaning, and repair, as well as proper storage and display practices and 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.

Deborah Bede
Stillwater Conservation Textile Studio
Bradford, NH
603-938-2310; stillwaterstudio.org
Offering all preventive and remedial textile conservation services.

Museum Textile Services
Andover, MA
978-474-9200; museumtextiles.com
Providing conservation treatment for tapestries, flags, banners, quilts, historic clothing and other textiles.

WOODEN BOATS & CANOES

Island Falls Canoe
Jerry Stelmok
Atkinson, ME
207-564-7612; islandfallscanoe.com

Services include repairing and restoring wood and canvas craft, as well as building new.
Jerry Stelmok produces a number of E.M. White original designs, and his own adaptations of White classics, using the finest native white cedar, quality woven canvas, traditional bronze and brass fastenings, and the finest traditional paints and varnishes.

Wooden Canoe Heritage Association
Tamworth, NH
603-323-8992; wcha.org
An organization comprised of experienced repair and restoration specialists offering those in need of services a convenient online directory sorted by state.

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