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Phil Lowe

Woodworker and Friend



As most of us know PhiL Lowe was a longtime SAPFM member, 2005 Cartouche Award recipient, teacher to countless students, mentor and friend to many of us.

It is with great honor and privilege that the Board of Directors at SAPFM is announcing the support of preserving the Phil Lowe drawing library .

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American Period Furniture Throughout the Decades


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Members enjoy the following benefits.

  • A subscription to our annual American Period Furniture Journal mailed each December
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BY RONNIE YOUNG April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021

The world lost a great woodworker this week when Al Hudson, SAPFM’s oldest active member, completed his one hundred and second year here on earth and I lost a friend and mentor. Al lived a full life; drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team out of high school (his mother would not allow him to accept the offer because he would be required to play ball on Sunday), a WW II veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps, a scratch golfer, an accomplished engineer who designed electrical power plants and later systems to reduce air pollution from those plants. He married and had two daughters and raised his family in Knoxville, Tennesee where he followed yet another passion, building traditional American Period Furniture in his home workshop.

Al HudsonAl’s father and grandfather were employed in a woodworking factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee where Al grew up. He spent his early years working part time in the factory around master craftsman where he developed his love of woodworking. One of Al’s earliest jobs was cutting out “See Rock City” signs on a 36” bandsaw. Al was not content to just build furniture in his home shop but wanted to share his knowledge with other woodworkers be it through talking to friends and neighbors that passed by the open doors of his shop or at the East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild where he was a leading member the remainder of his life.

main hudsonsecry 20180330 1980076586Learning, innovating, designing, encouraging, always improving, those are the things that Al taught his students and friends. He was both a mentor and friend to countless woodworkers of all skill levels. Al designed and built hundreds of pieces of furniture based on the best elements of classical furniture. He completed his last work when he was 100 years old. He always said “Keep busy in life and have something to look forward to every day”. A sign on Al's shop wall read: "The life so short, the craft so long to learn”

His legacy also includes the establishment of the East Tennessee Master’s Woodworking Show held bi-annually in Knoxville, TN.

“The Master Woodworkers Show has quietly gained a reputation as a premiere woodworking event in the Southeast, with attendance more than doubling over the last three shows and receiving great reviews from both makers and the public. This three-day event is held every other year in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee at the Emporium Center.”

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  • Fitting an Asymmetrical Splat Into an Oval Chair Back

    BY DAVE HELLER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021 This article discusses a specific aspect of making a set of not-yet-completed Bing-style Art Nouveau dining room chairs of my own design. I will write an article for SAPFM on...

  • A Standup Davenport Computer Desk

     BY JOE PARKER April 1, 2021 Updated: April 1, 2021 The name "Davenport" comes from a reference in the records of an 18th-19th century English furniture maker Gillows. The reference, in about 1795, gives the original design and...

  • Remembering Phil Lowe: Craftsman, Mentor, Friend

    BY MICKEY CALLAHAN April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 It’s with a heavy heart that I write of the passing of one of America’s master period furniture makers, Phil Lowe. I’ve known Phil for over 30 years and was privileged to have...

  • Luthier's Friend To Thickness Small Part

    BY JEFF THOMPSON April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 There are number of ways one can thickness stringing and bindings. I’ve used a couple methods myself like on a drum sander, but mine is in a shed out back behind my shop...

  • Mirka Hand Sanding System

    BY BOB LANG April 1, 2021 Updated April 1, 2021 I can develop a pretty smooth surface with a hand plane and/or a scraper, but before finishing I sand to ensure that all the surfaces of a project are consistent. Each hand...

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