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Thomas Moser

Thomas Moser's oral history interview, conducted by Molly Graham on August 8, 2022, in Harpswell, Maine, offers a detailed exploration of his life and career, forming part of the Maine MILL collection. Moser reflects on his early life, including his unique job tuning pipe organs in Rochester, New York, while balancing family responsibilities and education. He mentions receiving a small inheritance from his father at the age of 23, which he used to build his first house, marking the beginning of his passion for woodworking. The interview highlights Moser's transition from a teaching career at Bates College and the University of Maine at Orono, where he was deeply involved as a debate coach during the Civil Rights era, to founding Thomas Moser Cabinetmakers. The establishment and growth of his business are discussed, including the challenges and triumphs in the furniture industry. Moser shares anecdotes about creating significant pieces, such as furniture for the Reagan Presidential Library and chairs for two Popes. Moser's design philosophy, heavily influenced by Shaker values and a commitment to craftsmanship, is a focal point of the conversation. He reflects on the impact of his work on the furniture industry and derives personal satisfaction from seeing his pieces used in meaningful settings. Additionally, Moser discusses the involvement of his family in the business, the dynamics of working together, and his concerns about the company's future. He expresses pride in the longevity and quality of his furniture, noting the long-term employees and the community built around his business.

Thomas Moser Session 1 — 07/12/2022





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