- CHESSSPY (as in, Chess + Spy) is Alan's
chess set restoration work.
- BOBBIN BOY is a fiberarts equipment repair & restoration service run by both Alan & Milissa
- MOUNTAIN MAMA WEAVERS is Milissa's weaving and teaching business.
Alan Dewey and Milissa
are recognized worldwide for their work.
Originally from Hull, England, United Kingdom, Alan is the world's première antiques chess set restorer, and as such works with an internationale clientele of chess collecting and chess competition enthusiasts. Having studied art as a young man, Alan also has been a turner since that time, and has specialized in antiques restoration of various kinds for the last thirty years. He has extensive experience with European antiques of all sorts and now American antiques. His current focus in this arena is on the repair & restoration of fiberarts equipment, such as spinning wheels and looms.
Article, "Bobbin Boy to the Rescue!" (Elizabeth Prose, Spin Off Winter 2018)
Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, Milissa is PhD-educated in Early Modern European History as well as various subfield specializations: early modern philosophy, American colonial history, and history of science. She holds honors undergraduate degrees in economics and nursing; is an Honors Scholar at Large in the University of North Carolina system; is a classical flautist; and moreover is a journeyman woodturner, having complete a formal seven years' apprenticeship. Aside from teaching and writing, Milissa has worked in the fiberarts since 1994, and in woodturning since 2009. She is internationally recognized for her specialty work in handtools for fiberartists, particularly her signature tapestry bobbins. She also is recognized for her accomplishments as a competitive spinner: in 2017, Milissa placed second overall among independent ("rogue") spinners and fifth overall in all categories in the international spinning competition, Spinzilla. She was one of only two spinners to ever place in the overall category, and the only competitive spinner to ever place using only antique equipment.
Making their home in bohemian West Asheville, Alan & Milissa have a turning workshop which houses their primary business, Bobbin Boy, the focus of which is fiberarts equipment research & restoration. Alan also continues to work with chess set collectors, whilst Milissa also operates Mountain Mama Weavers, a production weaving and teaching facility sited at the Western North Carolina Farmers' Market. They also actively conduct and publish research about the turning trade, chess sets, and fiberarts information both historical and current.