When it comes to woodworking, Maine has a well-deserved reputation as a recognized center for fine craftsmanship. Many of the state’s talented artisans have earned an international following. One such master is Thos. Moser, who is renowned for designing and building handcrafted furniture from American hardwood. His designs are rooted in 19th-century aesthetics and Shaker values.
Customers come to the Thos. Moser Freeport store from all over the world. Some may choose to spend a night or two in the Moser Suite at the Harraseeket Inn, located across the street. The suite, designed and furnished by Moser’s team, blends timeless Shaker-inspired style with chic flair, Moser furniture with contemporary art. Some come to not only buy, but to build. They enroll in Moser’s Customer-in-Residence program and spend a week crafting a piece of furniture under a mentor’s guidance at the Auburn workshop. Visitors are welcome to visit the showroom there.
For a better understanding of Moser’s inspiration, visit the last inhabited Shaker village in the country, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, in Gloucester. Tour the village, visit the museum, and perhaps purchase Shaker herbs at the gift shop.
After spending time in Moser's world, dip into that of other woodworkers. Their studios and galleries are found throughout Maine. Be sure to check the galleries as well as the class schedules, too, of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, in Rockland; the Wood Turning School, in Damariscotta; and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft, in Deer Isle.