67 years ago, Philip Masi built study tables for university library; now that they need refinishing, his family-- some of whom are alumni-- raised the funds.
"Nearly 70 years after Philip Marquand Masi handcrafted study tables for the main reading room of St. Bonaventure University’s Friedsam Memorial Library, his daughters have ensured that his craftsmanship will continue to enhance the student study experience. The most compelling visuals of the Friedsam Library can arguably be found in the main reading room. One hundred feet in length, the area boasts Roman arched windows, a ceiling coffered with American black walnut, large bookshelves lining the walls, a massive fireplace — and 14 beautiful handcrafted study tables." -- Dan Leopold, the Olean (NY) Times Herald