Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, designers and builders of fine furniture
since 1972, based in Maine with retail showrooms located across the USA.
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We’re in quite the artful mood this week with several showroom exhibitions opening. Last night Judy Taylor wowed the crowd by sharing her work in portraits and murals with the lucky attendees at our Freeport showroom event. Tonight, Robert and Julian Cardinal will attend a reception featuring their dramatic works in our Boston showroom, a portion of the proceeds of the sales benefiting the Fenway Community Health Center (the image above is Robert Cardinal's Charles River). The event from 6 to 8 pm will bring visual delights to our 19 Arlington Street address, as the Cardinals’ compositions awash in drenching color will infuse the showroom with a lively verve!
Ask any of our cabinetmakers whether we have an earthy side and you’ll likely get a nod and a smile. We’ve instituted some important initiatives in our shop that make us feel good when celebrations like Earth Day come around. We’ve fully transitioned to a system of “lean manufacturing,” which means we keep the stock trimmed down to "just what’s needed, when it's needed", rather than filling our shelves copious amounts of lumber taking up space for indefinite periods of time. We make the most out of a minimum, which, after all, is the essence of good design!
We’ve also installed vacuum systems or downdraft tables on many of our machines to keep the dust down, an important step because it improves the working conditions for our cabinetmakers who are dedicated to creating our finely-crafted furniture. “We’re very conscious of dust,” says cabinetmaker Mike Beaumont, who’s been with Thos. Moser for 6 years; “keeping it to a minimum is a priority!” We’ve also instituted a misting system that keeps the shop’s humidity at an optimum level for both our workers and our wood. We see these two as inseparable in our world: it's kind of like a horse and carriage—where would one be without the other?
We are proud of our stewardship of forest resources, exemplified by our choices of American black cherry, walnut, and ash hardwoods as the medium with which we craft our original furniture designs. Our creations are intended to outlast the lifecycle of the trees from which they originate, ensuring that the supply will not be outstripped by demand. We love that our timber supplies are certified by either the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and travel less than 500 miles from forest to shop.
Are you doing something special to celebrate Earth Day this Friday? Please leave a comment; we’d love to know about it!
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