We lived in a disposable world—until the economy tanked. Suddenly it seemed smarter than ever to repair instead of replace. Herein, craftsmen and techies who can reupholster that Empire settee, remake your Maytag, rev up an old turntable, save your sole and more.
by Maria Hess
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Joe Morris of Lewes Harbour Marina Bait and Tackle (217 Anglers Road, Lewes, 645-6227) repairs fishing rods and reels from April through December. Most repairs take about a week. Morris can handle Fiberglas and bamboo rods, and mends cork or rubber grips. The shop also offers repair supplies for Fiberglas and wood boats. That includes Interlux and Awlgrip paints, West System epoxy, marine hardware and electrical products.
Furniture and Antique Furniture
Scott Alexander of New Life Furniture Systems (1675 E. Ayre St., Newport, 994-9054) can hand-strip, refinish or restore any furniture from any period, including modern furniture. He does case work when drawers need aligning, and can remake veneer parts. He will even go to your house, offer a free estimate, then cart away your stuff. Is your antique worth fixing? It depends on its sentimental value and condition. If you’re lucky enough to own an upholstered antique, restore it. Old upholstered pieces are rare, so they can fetch large sums at auctions. Also see: Barlow Upholstery 1002 W. 28th St., Wilmington, 655-3955; Bay Shore Antique Refinishing 1768 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, 734-9370; Creative Coverings 13 First Ave., New Castle, 328-8022; Jeffrey D. Stanley Furniture Restoration 919 Sugar Pine Drive, Bear, 838-7001; KEM Upholstery Supply 1002 W. 28th St., Wilmington, 654-1333; Timely Restorations 683 Twin Willows Road, Smyrna, 335-4215
If Great Aunt Martha leaves you a fur, the men and women at Jacques Ferber (4001 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 652-4340) will make it fit this century and your body. “We do a lot of complete remodels, where we totally reinvent, deconstruct and create new patterns,” says owner Ken Ferber, whose family has been in the business for more than 70 years. The shop will shear (remove top hairs), dye and create all-weather garments. “We actually design and produce much of what we sell, resulting in great value-to-price ratio,” says Ferber. Also check Richard Donald Furs (713 N. Market St., Wilmington, 656-1693), a downtown institution.