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A Select Guide to Fixers Around New England

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


A Select Guide to Fixers Around New England
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Looking for someone who can repair a cherished possession? Use this guide to fixers around New England.

Betsey Telford-Goodwin stocks fabrics dating back to 1780, so there’s a decent chance of matching materials when restoring heirlooms and antiques. Everyday quilts in need of TLC are welcomed here, too. Rocky Mountain Quilts, York, ME. 207-363-6800;

Lace is made lovelier in the hands of the folks at Evelyn Siefert Kennedy’s atelier. Wedding gowns, christening outfits, linens, and more can be repaired, restored, and preserved. Sewtique, Groton, CT. 860-445-7320;

As an acclaimed artist, Howard Newman’s background has prepared him for a multifaceted approach to restoring metallic art objects and other fine pieces of various materials (including glass, wood, bone, ivory, and shell). With a careful eye toward color matching, he treats items as varied as life-size lead statues and the delicate handle of a silver teapot with equal reverence. Newmans Ltd., Newport, RI. 401-846-4784;

Fred Murphy can tell you that cobbling is more than just shoes and boots. One day he might reweb a pair of old snowshoes, alter a leather jacket, repair a handbag, and handcraft his own leather belts for sale. And, of course, repair some shoes and boots, too. Babe’s Shoe Repair, Waterville, ME. 207-873-1355;

Jim Anderson has developed a solid reputation for creating one-of-a-kind painted, etched, and engraved glass windows–so it’s a natural fit that repair and restoration of these fragile pieces are a specialty. Jim Anderson Stained Glass, Boston, MA. 617-357-5166;

Specializing in lamps from the 1840s through the 1930s, Judy Oppert and company preserve the integrity and value of the original piece, while restoring it for today’s uses. An excellent source for vintage chandeliers, pendants, wall sconces, and table lamps, too. Victorian Lighting, Kennebunk, ME. 207-985-6868;

Are there many items more delicate than paper? When it’s torn or wrinkled, or damaged by water, fire, soot, or dirt, Carolyn Frisa is the person to turn to for expert restoration. All things paper are fair game, including prints, posters, drawings, documents, maps, diplomas, and even historic wallpaper. Works on Paper, Bellows Falls, VT. 802-460-1149;

Through digital technology, Vickie Wolper can resurrect your old family photos. Once she’s captured the original image, she can correct color, finesse scratches, and even remove ex-spouses, producing a new image that you’ll want to prominently display. Precious Memories by Unique Graphique, Manchester, NH. 603-566-6830;

Revitalizing oil easel paintings is Martha Cox’s passion; a comprehensive evaluation maps out the recommended treatments for extending the life of your artwork. Cleaning, structural repairs, and inpainting services are all done by the same hand. GreatWorks Restoration, Shapleigh, ME. 207-636-2065;

The cooking surfaces of most pre-1990 copperware pieces are lined with tin, which wears away after years of use. Retinning restores that layer, extending the life of quality cookware. Got dents? Jim Hamann and company can fix those, too. East Coast Tinning, East Greenwich, RI. 401-965-4569;

Bea and Joe Bryant have been repairing old New England-made wood, coal, and gas stoves since the 1960s. They fix them, sell them, and even display them in their museum, which also features collections of antique cars, player pianos, music boxes, and more. Bryant’s Stove & Music, Thorndike, ME. 207-568-3665;

Here’s a husband-and-wife team, Emily and Dylan Schoelzel, who honor the original craftsmanship of the small, traditionally built wooden boats and canoes they restore for folks from all across the country. They use only authentic materials and techniques. Salmon Falls Canoe, Shelburne, MA. 413-625-8555;

Melanie Miller takes pride in carrying on the skills imparted to her from her father–from hand-caning to rush work to general chair repairs. Porch rockers are a favorite item, but all projects are welcome. Melanie’s Woven Memories, Sutton, VT. 802-467-1326

Debbie Despres


Debbie Despres


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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