The doll in the photo here had been colored with crayons by an ambitious child. It took me 4 days to clean it all off and repair any damage to the original paint. I was told that the tableta was made from recycled fruit crate wood, this had been cracked and repaired with traditional butchers cotton string. This particular doll was sold rather quickly, a Hemis doll is one of the most beautiful and desirable of Hopi carvings. I took it off the wall and handed it to a couple that were interested in it. The gentleman would not hand it back to me, he was delighted, telling me this is the best doll he'd seen on his trip and that he had to have it. This wasn't just about making the customer happy, I was happy that this really nice man purchased this great jewel of a kachina, one that took my breath away!
My repairs average $100. per repair. I will get back to you quickly with an estimate if your doll is something I choose to restore for you. IF it is not, I may or may not get back to you. I do not know of any restoration people who I would trust to do work for myself, which means that I can not recommend someone else.
My turnaround on restoration is 8-10 WEEKS, meaning patience.
You will need to ship or deliver your doll to me, and you will need to pay for return shipping. I ONLY use USPS, (UPS has been careless with packages). I require payment up front for repairs.
If you NEED a doll repaired, the first thing to do is:
SEND ME A PHOTOGRAPH in an EMAIL to: email@example.com
Otherwise, you have wasted my time and yours.
I have a tendency to fall behind with repairs, they seem to all turn up at once.
I am now ONLY repairing Older than 1960's Hopi Kachina Dolls.
I will not be repairing any sort of Contemporary or Navajo Dolls.
What I do is Time Consuming and needs to be done with my head into it.
I have a standardized price list which I use for reference on all repair estimates.
Chances are strong that I will turn down most repairs.
I can no longer do everything that I once could do.
Thank You for understanding.
IF You choose to 'do it yourself' ask for my complete Kachina Repair Kit Instructions the fee for this is $75.