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Continuous Reign: Spare, sturdy, almost minimalist—Thos. Moser’s signature chair distills generations of know-how.

The chair that furniture maker Thomas Moser, now 82, sat in every night during family dinner in New Gloucester, Maine, bears witness to a lifelong passion for woodworking. “My father always carried a tape measure in his pocket, and the spindles of that chair are scarred from it,” says his son Aaron. “That’s the beauty of a natural finish. It takes on battle wounds, just like all of us.”

That dining chair—an early version of what is now known as the Continuous Arm Chair—was Tom Moser’s first recognizable design

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