A Select Guide to Fixers Around New England
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; rockymountainquilts.com
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; sewtiqueonline.com
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; newmansltd.com
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; shoerepairer.com
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; jimandersonstainedglass.com
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; victorianlightinginc.com
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; worksonpaperconservation.com
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; photographrestorationnh.com
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.