Master builder to describe wooden synagogue reconstruction

By The Apprenticeshop | Sep 03, 2011
Courtesy of: Edward M. Levin Model of roof frame and cupola of Gwozdziec synagogue replication.

Master Builder and former Apprenticeshop trustee Edward M. Levin on Thursday, Sept. 8, will share his experience of replicating a 17th century, timber-framed roof and cupola of a wooden synagogue that was destroyed during World War I in Poland.


Levin's presentation is part of the Second Thursday program at The Apprenticeshop, Rockland. It starts at 7 p.m.


The project (a collaboration of Handshouse Studio of Norwell, Massachusetts, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews and the Timber Framers Guild) assembled an international team of students, conservation architects, architectural historians, master timber framers, painters, and other experts to recover the knowledge of how to build this historic structure, and began it in May of this year. The synagogue is being rebuilt as a core part of the Museum which is scheduled to open in Warsaw in 2013.


Levin, a former trustee of The Apprenticeshop (in its Atlantic Challenge days), will talk about the depth of the synagogue project, show photographs of the process and site in Poland and discuss timber framing in general. Admission is $5 at the door.


The Apprenticeshop is a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship located at 643 Main Street, Rockland. A tour of current boat projects will be available after the lecture. Boats under construction include a 12’ Barnegut Bay duck boat, a replica of a 15’ Maine Lifestation peapod, the restoration of a 20’ Alden Indian-class sloop, and a 17’ work skiff designed by Mark Fitzgerald. Work by the newest class of apprentices will just be starting on 2 Susan skiffs. For more information visit or call (207) 594-1800.

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