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Turning Points

  
  
  
describe the imageTom Moser is "taking it back home" this weekend with a sojourn to Mt. Prospect, Illinois, where he was born and raised. He will be in town for Thos. Moser’s special savings event at the Old Orchard Country Club on Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27 and will be signing his latest book Artistry in Wood on Saturday at 2 p.m.

If you haven’t had a chance to thumb through the large, luxuriant pages filled with exquisite photography, believe us when we say the temptation to snap it up will be all but overwhelming. Not to worry; we’ll have plenty of copies for sale! For those of you who have already acquiesced, Tom will happily sign your copy if you bring it along to this lovely locale just outside Chicago. Given that writing is one of Tom’s passions, the presentation of his deepening dedication to his craft reads like an intimate journal:

“Some turning points are difficult to identify in retrospect, but not this one. I remember that cool September morning in 1971 as vividly as if it were yesterday. I was standing in the backyard of my house in New Gloucester, Maine, blinking in the brilliant summer sunshine, inspecting a table that I had just finished and brought up from my cellar workshop.”
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“I am my own worst critic, but I have enough sense to know when I have done something well, and this was a good table. It had a five-foot-diameter round pine top, with one glue line down the middle. The top was made from a single board thirty-seven inches wide and sixteen feet long, one of six such boards from a first-growth Maine pine felled in 1922 (I still have the other five, and regard them as so precious that I can’t bring myself to use them). The piece, with its robust, canted, turned ash legs, had the look of a rare eighteenth-century tavern table. Freshly finished with boiled linseed oil and hand-rubbed wax, it virtually glowed. Sue Vaughn, the wife of a friend, came by, saw the table, and offered to buy it on the spot.”

“It was just one moment in the dewy grass in rural Maine, but also an epiphany in the truest sense of the word. In an instant, at age thirty-six, I suddenly saw that there was enough artistry in me to produce something for which people would pay money. More importantly, those people would be getting their money’s worth. In the evening, feeling my life teetering on the fulcrum of that moment, I said to my wife, Mary, ‘We could make a living building tables like this.’”

The Thos. Moser story is infused with Tom’s level of passion for his craft and it’s an ongoing narrative that is exemplified by the selections available at Mt. Prospect from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days during the event. For more information, feel free to call us at 800-708-9045. We hope to see you there! You are, after all, a very important part of our tale!

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