Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair on a white background with light shadows.

Worth the Wait

 

 

What’s something you’ve coveted for years? What about that item caught your eye and stuck with you all this time? For customer Susan B., it was the Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair 

In the late 1970s, Susan strolled into a small local bookshop in Austin, TX, and picked up the original edition of Tom’s book, “How to Build Shaker Furniture.” Captivated by the measured shop drawings as she leafed through its pages, she recalls becoming fascinated by woodworking and Shaker design. “I was drawn to the clean, elegant, timeless lines and quality wood used in good Shaker Furniture— especially the Continuous Arm Chair as Thos. Moser envisioned it.”  

 

book cover with pages showing line drawings for furniture and pages inside the book

Over the years, her interest in Shaker design and the Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair never waned. Continually expanding her knowledge of Shaker furniture, Susan continues to be an avid student of Shaker life and design. She and her husband have traveled to several Shaker communities throughout the United States. 

 

After she and her husband married, they purchased a set of Shaker-inspired chairs for their dining room, hoping one day she would be able to own the Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair. As time passed, they moved into a compact, mid-century home in Austin where extra space was at a premium.

 

Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair in cherry beside a window with a blue and white scarf draped over the left arm. There are books a coffee mug glasses and a vas with greenery on the window sill.

In 2021, Susan received a financial gift from her last living aunt, who passed away later that year at age 99. Susan remarks, “She and I shared a passion for making elegant design a part of our everyday lives. In her memory, I knew it was the perfect time to purchase a Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair. I ordered the chair, knowing we’d find the perfect place when it arrived. I love the silky finish on the wood, the joinery, and the comfort —all elements of good craftsmanship. Since the late 1970s, I’ve looked at many Shaker chairs. To me, the design and craftsmanship of the Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair is incomparable.” 

Detail of the Continuous Arm Chair arm in cherry and a Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair in cherry in the customers home

The chair now provides extra seating in their living area and can be easily added to their dining table when an additional guest joins them for dinner. “Best of all,” Susan says, “it’s where we see and use it every day, adding elegance to our home.” 

 

 

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