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Everything is Dreamed First

Mary RGB resized 600One of the most remarkable aspects of our history as a company is the fact that we were, quite literally, dreamed into being. In 1972, Tom left his position as a professor at Bates College to spend his time making one-of-a-kind furniture in an old Grange Hall in New Gloucester, Maine. His wife Mary managed sales and finances, and their four sons began training as young apprentices. There was no business plan, no product, no sense of marketing, and, to their banker’s horror, no cash or cash flow.

Tom was a practical dreamer who saw what he wanted to achieve and set out to do it. Why Maine? “The Shakers and the rural craftsmen of Maine had a profound affect on Mary and myself in terms of aesthetics and values,” he explains. “We fell in love with the state during our second honeymoon. I guess in this way so much in life is historical accident!” As is evident from Tom’s early designs, he developed a fascination with the work of Maine’s Shaker furniture makers, who lived in the last extant Shaker village in the country on 22,000 acres of land that encompass the entire western shore of Sabbathday Lake. He also saw the potential of being able to practice his craftsmanship in an environment that fostered artisinal creativity. “Every small town in Maine has a woodworker and that idea appealed to me greatly.”
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From those far-off and idealistic beginnings, we have grown into a deeply rooted and diverse company, known worldwide for our unfailing commitment to the ideals upon which we were founded, with a cadre of skilled artisans carrying Tom's visions forward into the future, and "living the dream."

The post title, Everything is Dreamed First, is a line from Gaston Bachelard’s book The Poetics of Reverie. It captured our attention because the philosopher wrote, “…creative reverie animates the nerves of the future…”. We’re indebted here at Thos. Moser for such imaginative beginnings: the philosophy behind that genesis continues to inspire us today.