Thos. Moser Continuous Arm Chair
$1,500.00 - $1,725.00
Since Tom Moser first introduced the Continuous Arm Chair some four decades ago, it has become our signature piece and has consistently remained a customer favorite. To form the arms eleven knife-cut slices of the same board just one-tenth of an inch thick, called flitch, are laminated together. Then each continuous arm is painstakingly rasped, filed and sanded to a perfect smoothness. Taking several years to perfect, this classic chair embodies our enduring commitment to functionally driven objects, ornament-free simplicity and the celebration of traditional materials and woodworking techniques – all with an emphasis on craftsmanship.
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41″H x 24″W x 24″L
The Continuous Arm Chair is a Windsor chair, a design originating in England in the 1700s as garden furniture. The chairs were large, heavy, and remarkably comfortable. In the early 1970s, Tom Moser set out to create a new generation of Continuous Arm Chair. He began an effort that spanned many years – and many attempts – using copper pipe to bend and shape the initial prototypes. Once the form just right, he created a wooden prototype and began experimenting with lamination and bending techniques.
The continuous arm in our signature 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 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 coarse file called a horse rasp, then a finer rasp, and finished with a hand sander.
The Continuous Arm Chair also includes a highlight (raised section) that runs around the back of the chair, where the ash 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. Tom Moser replaced traditional stretchers with curved braces called a ship’s knees. Supportive and strong, the ship’s knee is created from 1/32″ laminated wood that is bent to shape, and then set into a slot that is cut and shaped into the leg, so it is flush with the surface.
With more than 40 years since we first introduced the Continuous Arm Chair, it is largely crafted exactly as it was by Tom Moser when he conceived and perfected the design. Our ongoing commitment to carefully crafting each chair one at a time ensures that each piece can become a family heirloom, remain part of that family’s legacy.