The mark of an heirloom
At. Thos. Moser, every piece of furniture we make is as unique as the tree from whence it came. While they may be widely similar in shape and composition, upon closer gaze we discover no two are exactly alike. During the milling process, that individuality is on prominent display in the distinctive grain patterns formed through decades of growth. For us, we see those distinctions as assets– fingerprints– that make each piece of our furniture entirely one-of-a-kind.
chairbacks and crests
The crest of the Harpswell chair bares a signature like no other. Beginning with a solid “twelve-quarter” block of wood- a full three inches thick-is carved on a bandsaw to reveal the growth rings. These swirling grain patterns, often presented in a bull’s eye pattern, create a crest that is an individual canvas, where no two are alike. We may have added our skill as joiners, but nature has held the paintbrush.
In its careful, thoughtful use of sustainably harvested American hardwoods, our Edo Chairs highlight natural ring patterns that honor the tree’s long growth, while foretelling the long future of the finished piece. Crafted with a wide, carved plank, the untamed nature in wood is showcased in the backrest of these chairs.
The perfection of the Auburn chair’s design includes a perfect anticlastic back that is crafted from a single piece of wood. Celebrating the unique growth rings of the tree, the back of the Auburn chair and stool is crafted from a single piece of wood, showcased in triplicate, with growth rings marginally smaller or larger than that last.
Wood Cuts, cathedrals, and Grain patterns
Most evident in the ash spindles and legs of our stools and chairs, we celebrate this unique characteristic by purposefully facing them front and center of our chair legs and spindles. In doing so, we create visual movement in our pieces inviting the eyes to move upward towards a hand-sculpted seat, or perfectly sanded crest. The cathedral, or arching pattern in wood, is the resulting grain structure formed after a log has been flat sawn. This cut brings out the patterns of the tree’s annual rings creating the cathedral characteristic that is prominent in woods like ash and oak.
If you ask any craftsmen, they’ll tell you that the beauty of our products begins in the rough mill. It is here that the subtle art of selecting rough-hewn slabs of wood to match woodgrain and color makes the difference between a nice piece of furniture and an exquisite piece of furniture. When the color is consistent throughout the front of a case piece and the grain appears seamless, creating the illusion of one, continuous solid board. When we come across a piece of wood that presents an ornate or active grain pattern, we prominently showcase nature’s artistry. These figured pieces of wood create a piece that is as individual as the craftsman who crafted it, and the person who will receive it.
When you bring the work of a Moser craftsman into your home, you might notice these nuances in your furniture. For us, it is the mark of a piece well made and thoughtfully crafted. From the exposed joinery to a prominent display of growth rings and every detail in between, you can rest assured: it’s every bit the one-of-a-kind heirloom it appears to be.