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There's Just Something About Maine...

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“We fell in love with Maine during our second honeymoon,” says Tom Moser. “So much in life is historical accident!” The Thos. Moser story, in fact, swims with historical accidents of sorts—memories of the jagged coastline of the upper reaches of the continental U.S. calling a young couple back to its frothing waters and woods, a woodworking tradition in Maine serving as an inspiration for Tom’s aspirations, and the last extant shaker village near where the couple decided to settle drawing Tom again and again as he studied the fine craftsmanship that he held in the highest esteem. 

“I was a first generation American—my mom was German and my father was Austrian—both settled in Milwaukee,” Tom explains. “I met Mary in high school and we knew we wanted to leave because the suburban culture was all about acquisition. Fashion has a life cycle of a season and we didn’t agree with what we were seeing. We left when we were 18, and once we had visited Maine, we discovered the Northeastern values and felt very much at home with them.”

Everyone who flocks to the state in the winter to snow ski or in the summer to enjoy our dramatic coastline sees what’s the most obvious to everyone about why we love being a part of this great state. I guess it’s one of Maine’s best-kept little secrets that the true depth of our love for where we live—the beautiful snow-packed mountains and craggy coastline notwithstanding—is its artisanal heart!


There is something about Mississippi, too, where I was born and lived my whole life. But I long to see Maine, and one day I will visit the state and the craftsmen who have made my beautiful furniture. 
Posted @ Tuesday, April 26, 2011 11:11 AM by Helen C. Takacs
I share your love for refinishing old furniture. I did some of that in the 70's and 80's in Upstate NY as we lived in an spacious old house. Prior to that, I learned a great deal about refinishing when I worked for a Colonel who put a cold tank and a hot tank in the Old Opera House in Somerset, NY and hired some of us teenagers. It was great experience and helped me to further develop my love of choice wood.
Posted @ Tuesday, April 26, 2011 12:36 PM by Marie
It has always interested us how a sense of place can color life: Mississippi and Maine are quite different and yet each state fosters equally passionate devotion to the heritage of its people and its history. We'd welcome you, Helen, and trust us: we've seen how moved our fans are when they see our cabinetmakers at work on our furniture!  
Thanks for sharing your story with us, Marie! Sounds like you are a tried-and-true lover of wood, just as we are!
Posted @ Thursday, May 05, 2011 11:42 AM by Saxon Henry
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