Monday, February 20, 2012

Conservation Studio Visit

Last week, heading down to Portland with my wife, I had the privilege to stop by East Point Conservation Studio in Brunswick, ME. Having visited Jon and his assistant, Carter, previously, I was very impressed. It is an honor to be able to begin a friendship with two of our state's most talented craftsmen.

Jon's beautiful website ( relates, "Jon Brandon, founder of East Point Conservation, has over 26 years of experience in the conservation of wooden artifacts. Jon is certified by the Smithsonian Institution as a furniture conservator and trained at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for two years. He is the former Chair of the New England Conservation Association and is a professional member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)."

Carter's excellent site ( tells, "After college, I enrolled in the violin repair program at Red Wing Technical College in Red Wing, Minnesota, and then their guitar repair and building program under David Vincent the following year. Not long after that, I came to Maine to work for Dana Bourgeois Guitars. After putting in my time there, I eventually struck out on my own: Subterranean Music Works was born!"

I highly recommend you visit their sites and, if you are in the area, seek them out for their services. Here are two skilled and competent craftsmen of the highest order.


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