The Grand Opening of our new showroom in Los Angeles was a successful beyond our wildest expectations. Not only were we able to finally meet and greet many of our loyal customers from the LA area (some of whom bought their first Moser pieces via mail order more than 30 years ago), but we also met many new customers and friends. As a company from Maine, we are quite proud of our "Yankee" heritage and hope that in our own way we are able to add some Maine flavor to the already-rich Southern California pallette.
For the Grand Opening, we quite literally brought the flavor of Maine with us in the form of some of the best beer brewed anyplace in world. Shipyard Brewing Company handcrafts their fine beers just steps from the water's edge on the beautiful coast of Maine. When they asked if we would share our "Shipyard Moment" as part of their on-going radio and web campaign, of course we were happy to participate.
CLICK HERE TO HEAR OUR SHIPYARD MOMENT (MP3)
Shipyard was recently awarded top honors at the prestigious 9th annual West Coast Brew Fest's Commercial Craft Competition in Sacramento, California. Click here for details.
This Old House magazine has recently published an article by Thomas Baker titled How Heirloom Furniture is Built that chronicles the craft of furniture making as it is practiced at Thos. Moser. Told through a lengthy interview with David Moser and accompanied by more than a dozen photos, this article is a "behind-the-scenes" look at making Thos. Moser furniture.
Here is a short exerpt:
At Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, a small but world-renowned shop in Auburn, Maine, David Moser picks up three cherry boards and lays them edge to edge. He’s hunting for pieces that will match up so well that no joint will show when they’re glued together to form the top of an American Bungalow dresser. Selecting the wood that will go into each piece is the first critical step in creating finely crafted cherry furniture.
It’s a ritual driven by a deep reverence for this wood. All of David Moser’s cherry comes from a 119,000-acre, sustainably managed parcel in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Plateau, where big 75- and 100-year-old specimens produce a clear, rich-colored wood unmatched elsewhere in the tree’s range. For stock of this provenance, it would be a sin to muddy the grain with stain or hide it under paint, so pieces are treated only with clear penetrating oil and wax.
Click here to read the entire article and see the photos.
We are trying something new this summer...we have taken a temporary lease on a storefront on M Street in Washington DC's Georgetown neighborhood, just a few stores up from our Washington, DC showroom, and brought in few truckloads of Moser furniture and made it available for immediate purchase.
You see, even though we are a build-to-order shop, over time we accumulate inventory in various ways. This includes showroom floor models, one-of-a-kinds, not-quite-perfect, prototypes, and pieces that we have taken back form customers for various reasons. When this inventory builds up, we need to take some unusual steps to sell it. And because many of these pieces may have what we call "character marks" or some other characteristic that makes something other than a new 1st quality piece, it only makes sense that someone may want to see the person in person before buying it. That's where this event comes in.
From May 16 to June 29 we'll be open at our Summer Event Annex (and continuing by appointment starting June 30), just a few doors down from our DC showroom. The available inventory will be refreshed throughout the event so if at first you don't find what you want, be sure to plan a return trip.
For more information, directions/parking suggestions, pricing and local delivery rates, please contact the showroom, CLICK HERE, or just stop by.
Thos. Moser Washington, DC Showroom in Georgetown:
3300 M Street NW,br>
Washington, DC 20007