From the abstract provided as a hand-out during the Woodworking in America Furniture Construction and Design Conference in St Charles, Ill.:
…In this slide-filled lecture, Tom Moser relates the process of discovery that led him to furniture design, and how the Shaker community located near his first shop in New Gloucester, Maine has influenced his work.
Family, personal, and company memories flowed in Mr. Moser’s presentation to an audience of several hundred at the banquet held during the conference. He was funny, affable, and down-to-earth; a perfect gentleman and the consummate businessman. The slide show journey brought the audience from the humble beginnings of Thos. Moser, Cabinetmakers, to the enormous success it is today.
A personal note: The description of the Moser’s travels in Asia took Sandy and I back in time. Immediately following the dinner and speech we were lucky to run into Mr Moser and his wonderful wife Mary in the hallway. In passing them I asked him a short question about a certain locale in Asia, not wanting to detract from their conversation with someone else. His eyes lit up, and we spent the next 20 minutes together, reminiscing with relish about locales and details from our parallel journeys almost 20 years apart. This was a wonderful end to a terrific speech about the exciting life experience of the Mosers.
My hope is that in this edited version of a one-hour speech you are able to also glean into the life the Mosers, and the company they have built. It is a great journey, filled with great successes and a few setbacks.
I also hope that the story of Thos. Moser, Cabinetmakers, will get you in the mood to plan on attending the next Woodworking in America Hand Tools and Techniques conference, coming up soon in Valley Forge, Pa. October 2-4.