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RESOURCE LIST: New England Fixers

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.

Scott Edwards
Scott’s Clocks
Peterborough, NH

603-924-2072
Offering repair and restoration of American and European clocks. Showroom on site displaying a number of antique and restored clocks for sale.

HOOKED RUGS

Jeffrey Good
Canterbury, NH
603-267-7211
A dealer and restorer specializing in repairing 19th century pieces — both collector and heirloom rugs.

Jessie Turbayne
Westwood, MA
781-769-4798
Having written many books on the subject, Jessie Turbayne knows all about the history and intricacies of hooked rugs. All restoration work is done by Jesse herself, and she offers an appraisal service too.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Jamie Boss
Hot Strings Guitar Shop
Milford, CT
203-877-9044; hotstringsguitar.com
Covering the gamut of acoustic guitar, the 1200 square foot shop has everything required to build and repair stringed instruments.

Johnson String Instruments
Newton Center, MA
617-964-0954; johnsonstring.com
Repair and restoration, as well as custom setups and tonal adjustments, and bow repair and rehair services for violins, violas, cellos, and bass.

David Colburn
Vintage Fret Shop
Ashland, NH
603-968-3346; vintagefret.com
Offering quality musical instruments, repairs, appraisals, and lessons for over 40 years.

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.

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.
Updated Monday, February 13th, 2012
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