Master furniture maker Phil Lowe (left) instructs Joe Valdez of California while he builds a demilune table at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts in Beverly.

At the ocean end of Water Street in Beverly, in an old brick building that once served as a stable, the air is filled with the sounds and aromas of wood being transformed from “log to furniture,” as Philip Lowe describes it.

Lowe, a custom furniture maker, is the man behind the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, a school that draws students from across the country eager to learn the classic art of woodworking. He has been a woodworker since graduating from Salem High School in 1968 and is one of the most respected in the field. It is his tutelage they are seeking...

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