Continuous Arm Bench
$2,690.00 - $3,100.00
The Continuous Arm Bench is the extension of a longtime Moser standby – the Continuous Arm Chair. Designed to offer the chair’s comfort in a configuration for two, the Continuous Arm Bench features the same continuous arm, bent into shape using a single flitched and laminated length of cherry or walnut. The original chair took more than two years to perfect – and the bench benefits from Tom Moser’s deliberate development process. Its simplicity and strength ensures its lasting beauty for generations of use.
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.
42″H x 49″W x 25″L
The Continuous Arm Bench is modeled after the Windsor chair, a design originating in England in the 1700s as garden furniture. The chairs were large, heavy, and remarkably comfortable. Tom Moser’s original design sought to leverage the Windsor’s shape, while lightening its profile to form a more functional, versatile piece. His tireless effort started with prototypes in bent copper, evolving through wooden models until the structure was perfected.
The continuous arm in the Continuous Arm Bench 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 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.
The Continuous Arm Bench also includes 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. Here we have replaced traditional stretchers with curved braces, called a ship’s knees. 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.