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Meridian is coming (stay tuned for details)

  
  
  

We are just about ready to unveil the new Meridian Collection! In the meantime, we are just so excitied about this colleciton that we can resist posting a couple of "sneak peak" photos. Designed by David Moser, Meridian draws inspiration from diverse sources, principally Danish and Shaker influences, while adding David's distinctive creative touch.

 Meridian Dining Chair in ash Meridan Dining Sideboard in ash

Shown above are glimpes of the new Meridian Dining Chair, and Meridian Dining Sideboard.

Stay tuned for more details about Meridian coming soon!

Pasadena Rocker - Forbes Life Find of the Day

  
  
  

Check out David Moser's new Pasadena Rocker on Forbes.com!


Here is an exerpt...

Anyone lucky enough to own a home with a grand wraparound porch surely keeps a rocking chair around to laze about on when it's too hot to sit directly under the summer sun. The work of furniture designer David Moser, this sculptural piece is a modern tribute to something you'd fine in your grandparents' living room.

To visit the article on Forbes.com, use this link:
http://blogs.forbes.com/findoftheday/2009/07/thos-moser-pasadena-rocker-this-3200-cherry-wood-rocking-chair-adds-a-bit-of-sophistication-to-your-.html

For more on the Pasadena Rocker, click on this photo:

When in Freeport, be sure to visit the Harraseeket Inn

  
  
  

We thought you might enjoy this nice review of one of our favorite places, the Harraseeket Inn (and the Moser room) from Maine Travel Maven, Hilary Nangle:


CLICK HERE

or copy/paste the full url:

http://hilarynangle.wordpress.com/2009/07/17/sleeping-and-dining-at-the-harraseeket-inn/

The Harraseeket Inn, located on Main Street in Freeport across from our showroom, offers a classic Maine experience with local charm and world-class service. We highly reccomend it for an overnight, or for a dining experience that features produce, meats and fish from local farms and fisherman.





Inside Scoop

  
  
  

Our cabinetmakers are passionate about their craft, which shows in the work they do. What is most surprising to learn about this group is their passions and backgrounds outside of their work at Moser. We have a former lawyer, a retired Coast Guard and a professional bass fisherwoman, to name a few. Most of our cabinetmakers would rather have the lime-light on the furniture they create than on themselves, but it is worth noting some of the unique passions that bring together such a diverse and outstanding group.

Donna Farrar, one of our long time cabinetmakers, came up with this great poem below on the spot, so we had to share. We will continue to bring you more cabinetmaker profiles and stories of our team behind the scenes. Enjoy!

All of our hearts at Thos Moser are in the heart of the wood.

Each flame grain picked,
each measurement we take,
it's all important,
to the furniture we make.

Each customer we talk to,
we really do care,
it comes from the heart,
and that can be rare.

The personality, the craft, the skill,
it's all put in, to what is built.

If you buy a piece to call your own,
you will be proud, it's in your home.

-Donna Farrar, Cabinetmaker

Meet the Cabinetmaker

  
  
  

One of the most common questions from our customers is: wanting to know created the Moser furniture in their home? Our June Mailer featured a profile on cabinetmaker Ron Gilbert, who works here in the shop and participated in our Customer in Residence program as a mentor.

Our hope is to continue profiling cabinetmakers to give customers a look behind the scenes at the skilled craftsmen and women crafting their family heirlooms. Be sure to check under your Moser furniture as you may just have a piece signed by one of the featured cabinetmakers...enjoy!

(l to r: Ron Gilbert, shown with Customer in Residence partner Peter Graf)

Name: Ron Gilbert

Area of specialty: Cases

Years with Thos. Moser: 7

Where did you grow up: Bethel, Maine

What is the most interesting trip you have taken: I took a trip to Denmark to learn how to compress wood to make bendings for furniture.

Favorite piece of Moser furniture: Dr. White's Chest

Have you made any Moser pieces as a gift: Yes, I made a New Gloucester Rocker as a wedding gift for my son and his wife.

What do you like most about your job: Being able to take pride in the craftsmanship.

What do you like least about your job: dust from sanding.

Hobbies/Interests: Music, fishing and motorcycles.

Do you have a special fishing hole: By map, I once found a beaver pond in an unorganized territory in Mason, Maine.

What is the most unusual thing you ever owned: I owned a rock & roll nightclub for three years.

Piece of the Day - an American classic

  
  
  

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
- Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863

In honor of July 4th our Piece of the Day for the holiday weekend is a true American classic, the Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair. This piece is a testament to the premise that as often as things change, much remains the same: good design never grows old or useless (just think of the paper clip). Well-made objects crafted with a clarity of purpose are never out of date.

As our "signature" piece, the Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair remains a unique, trademarked Moser design. This modern interpretation of the Windsor chair demands a full mastery of craftsmanship skills.

To form the arms, eleven 1/10" knife-cut slices of the same tree, called a flitch, are laminated together. Then each continuous arm is meticulously rasped, filed and sanded to a perfect smoothness.

This painstaking process yields a curved element far stronger than steam-bending can produce. Strong, flexible northern ash spindles and legs are attached to the arm and the sculpted cherry seat, with wedged tenons for exceptional strength. Discreet knee braces eliminate the need for stretchers to support the legs.



Tom Moser has often said that only in America could his life’s journey have touched (and been touched by) so many people and places. So during this week of July 4th let’s all take stock in our independence and remember those who have sacrificed in freedom’s name.

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