Environment

We build furniture to last several lifetimes—a piece should provide service for at least as long as it took the tree to grow. — Thos. Moser

Dedicated to Sustainability in All We Do

Moser furniture is built for living and made to last—attributes that befit the number of hours spent using it. Our furniture is enhanced over time.

Our commitment to sustainability is also exemplified by our choice of materials. The hardwoods we use are sustainably harvested from Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Plateau, only 350 miles from our shop. (By contrast, it is not unusual for furniture sold in America to log up to 35,000 miles in its journey from the forest to the final home.)

We expend considerable effort in selecting and buying premium lumber and are confident that sustainable harvesting practices are used in their processing. Many of our forest operators are certified by either the Forest Stewardship Council or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative; lumber from others is cut on federal lands and, as such, is sustainably harvested. We avoid exotic hardwoods because we have no way of knowing how those tropical forests are being exploited.

Finishing

We finish all of our furniture (except those pieces that require coloring or increased water resistance) by applying natural finishes. First we polish each piece with two coats of hot, boiled linseed oil (extracted from flax, the fiber used to making linen). Once dry, we apply two coats of wax made from carnauba beans and beeswax. The ancient process of adding an oil and wax finish leaves the environment very much intact and our consciences clear.

Delivery

We take pride in giving wood a second life where it can serve the needs of many. Our delivery process is just as calculated as the harvesting and building, as each piece is hand wrapped in a reusable packing blanket, thus eliminating the need for copious amounts of packing materials. We deliver directly to our customers thereby eliminating the need for the middleman and scheduling with numerous trucking companies.

Over ten years ago our shipping partner, Clark & Reid, improved delivery logistics for our company by warehousing and managing furniture inventories and eliminating redundancies. Clark & Reid expertly consolidates runs nationwide to reduce the carbon footprint. By utilizing Clark & Reid for the warehousing and furniture transport of our fine pieces, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers has gained efficiencies, reduced returns and created a much more rewarding experience for their customers. 

Manufacturing

Starting in 1999, we introduced the concept of lean manufacturing. One of the prime focuses of lean manufacturing is to eliminate waste, not only in terms of materials but any process that does not add value to the final product.  By definition the process called for the reduction of large material inventories, and the development of close relationships with our vendors to support lean.  A second derivative of lean is the social aspect; it empowers workers to make production decisions and quality assessments at the lowest level thereby resulting in a culture of team work and caring.

Repurposing

On our shop floor, we take pride in obtaining the highest yield from our materials, resulting in less scrap and waste. Inevitably, however, there is waste.  Our wood waste is 100% repurposed. Wood scraps and shavings are given to local artisans for their craft, or to our employees for burning in their wood stoves over long Maine winters (we have a weekly rotating sign-up program so that each employee gets their turn). Wood dust is hauled to a local landscaping outfit who uses it has a compost augmenter.

© 2011 Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers | 72 Wright's Landing, Auburn, Maine 04211

By Phone: 1-800-708-9710 | By Email: library@thosmoser.com

www.mosercontract.com

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