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This Old House features David Moser


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.