Furniture 101 at Whitby

In its art class recently, the eighth grade students at Whitby School took part in an interactive furniture-making class with Thos. Moser, makers of heirloom-quality, solid-wood furniture.

Master furniture maker Warren Shaw traveled from the company’s Maine workshop to Whitby to lead the class in the hands-on process of building and crafting the New Gloucester Rocker, which is considered an iconic Thos. Moser design.

The finished rocker will be featured in the display window of the Thos. Moser showroom in Greenwich during December and at the Whitby Student Art Exhibit on Dec. 19 before it’s auctioned at Whitby School’s 55th Anniversary Spring Benefit.

In the workshop, organized by art teacher Amy Bilden, all students participated in assembling the cherry New Gloucester rocker, which pays homage to the spare, graceful design found in the Shaker Community at Sabbathday Lake. As with every one of Thos. Moser’s handcrafted pieces, the chair was signed by its craftsmen — the Whitby students in this case — and sent to the shop in Maine to be finished with oil and wax.

“Inviting noted experts and craftsmen such as Thos. Moser to Whitby for interactive demonstrations is one of the many ways that we guide students to engage in their own learning and be inspired by their discoveries,” said Bryan Nixon, Whitby’s Head of School. “The students will not only proudly display their work to the Greenwich community, but also know that they had a hand in giving back to their school.”

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