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Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers
Auburn, ME 04211
Latitude: 44.09776 Longitude: -70.229289
Email Address: [email protected]
Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers was founded over a quarter century ago to restore the lost art of fine woodworking. Formerly a Bates college professor, Tom Moser left teaching in 1973 to start making one-of-a-kind furniture in an old Grange Hall in New Gloucester, Maine. His wife Mary managed the selling and finances, while their four sons trained 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.
The first advertisement which ran in Down East magazine read, "Antiques are prized for their qualities of age, design and purity of craftsmanship. Our furniture is inspired by traditional design, constructed with pride and executed by hand, restoring a relationship between man and his practical art." Since then little has changed in the company?s intent or product.
Tom?s early designs bore a strong resemblance to Shaker, Queen Anne, Pennsylvania Dutch and other antique forms. From spiral stairs to a waterwheel, from wooden canteens to a harpsichord, the company?s position was, "if it?s made of wood, we can do it." In time this search for a proprietary form was synthesized into a coherent and unified body of work for the home, office and academic environment.
In nearly thirty years, the company has grown from a one-man operation to over sixty cabinetmakers (about half men and half women). Tom Moser continues to conceive and design new products in collaboration with his youngest son, David. His oldest son, Andy Moser is an accomplished craftsman and works in the shop. Aaron Moser directs the company's growing sales to universities and businesses.
In 1987 the company built a new workshop facility in Auburn, Maine, not far from its original location. In addition to mailing catalogs, Thos. Moser Cabinetmaker currently operates five showrooms located in Charleston, Chicago, Freeport, New York and San Francisco.
If you plan to visit Maine any time soon, we would be delighted to give you a guided tour of the workshop. Simply call us at 1-877-708-1973 to arrange a time and get directions.