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Showing Off Our Earthy Side

  
  
  
 

To have and to holdAsk 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!

 Sanding a componentWe’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?

 

Cherry and ash, crafted to lastWe 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!

Spring Comes A-greening!

  
  
  
JAN10 AC C9 detail LRrgb resized 600There’s no end of chatter about environmental friendliness and touting one's accomplishments thereto; it’s one of those subjects that garners fervent responses from some and the occasional eye-roll from others. We’re in the "impassioned responders" camp and there are several essential guidelines we use to keep an eye on true sustainability at Thos. Moser.

The nearly 70 men and women in our workshop craft their functional art primarily from American black cherry, a sustainable bequest from the Allegheny Plateau of Pennsylvania. Realistically, these cherry trees must be given 75 to 125 years to mature to furniture grade. Good stewardship is exemplified by harvesting in accordance with a long-term management plan; black cherry is a renewable resource but it is vital that the objects we craft from this wood endure at least as long as it took the tree to grow. Our furniture often becomes a family legacy as grandmothers and grandfathers, mothers and fathers, or aunts and uncles pass the special pieces they’ve curated down to their grandchildren, children, and nieces and nephews: a new generation that appreciates the fine craftsmanship which makes our furniture a lasting heritage.
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Did you know we proudly guarantee our furniture for the lifetime of the original owner? It’s true! We like to think of it as putting our commitment where our dovetails are, just as surely as the seasons cycle through the year. If you're planning something earth-friendly as we celebrate the Vernal Equinox this Sunday, we’d like to know about it: Leave us a comment below and let us know what you are planning so we can celebrate your dedication, too!

Speaking of green: Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
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