Child’s Continuous Arm Chair
$1,210.00 – $1,440.00
Apart from its diminutive size, the Child’s Continuous Arm Chair is identical to its full-sized parent. At Thos. Moser, our commitment to heirloom quality always applies – regardless of the customer’s age. Like Tom Moser’s original Continuous Arm Chair, the child’s chair is designed and crafted to last, bringing joy and satisfaction to both small sitting connoisseurs – and their parents.
Made to Order
Please select from the options below to create a piece made just for you, standard lead times of 10-12 weeks apply.
27″H x 17″W x 10″L
The Child’s Continuous Arm Chair is created using flitch-cut cherry or walnut. The process involves quartering and steaming sections of logs, then slicing them into tenth-inch thick strips. The knife cuts produce no sawdust – and thus no waste – and the board’s full strength is preserved. When the pieces are shaped and glued back together, the arm is comprised of eleven different layers, while retaining the strength and appearance of a solid wood.
The shape of the continuous arm – oval at the top, round in the middle, and U-shaped where it meets the arms – requires intensive handwork. Each arm is trimmed, then filed by hand using a course file called a horse rasp, then a finer rasp, and finished with a hand sander. Even the holes are drilled by eye.
The Child’s Continuous Arm Chair also includes other refinements, such as a highlight (raised section) that runs around the back of the chair, where the spindles join the seat. The spindles extend all the way through the seat and are wedged top and bottom, making them not only aesthetically pleasing but easy to repair, should the need ever arise. The spindles are so finely tuned, you can pluck them the way you would with a string on a harp and they should resonate at the same frequency.
The legs represent the chair’s final distinction. Most Windsor chairs have stretchers that connect the legs to one another. Over time, stretchers get creaky, gather dust and interfere with feet seeking space for a more comfortable position. Recognizing another opportunity, Tom Moser replaced the stretchers with a curved brace called a ship’s knee. Supportive and strong, the ship’s knee is created from 1/32” laminated ash that is bent to shape, then set into a slot that is cut and shaped into the leg, so it is flush to the surface.