It was with much sadness and regret that I’d learned the news this past weekend of the sudden loss of Ed Levin. Ed was a timber framing luminary; one of a small number of folks responsible for the revival of timber framing as both a traditional craft and commercial trade, back in the 1970s.
I can’t say I really knew Ed personally, although I’d met him at a past TTRAG symposium. But I’ve read a great many of his articles, and I’m familiar with his myriad contributions to timber framing, as they’re covered in many of my timber framing books and journals.
In an email released by the Timber Framers Guild on Saturday, Ken Rower described Ed as “a careful craftsman, lay engineer, exacting frame designer, principal founder of the Guild, and early adopter of CAD”, and as having introduced his colleagues to the esoterica of early timber framing, including “…the medieval roots of western timber frame design, compound roof joinery, and French scribe layout methods”.
He went on to say how after retirement from active framing, Ed became “…a timber framer’s timber framer, for twenty years, solving countless design and joinery questions for other craftsmen.”
Clearly, Ed with be sorely missed. Ken’s email stated that a full tribute is being planned for the October issue of Scantlings, the Timber Framers Guild newsletter.
A memorial service to honor Ed Levin will be held September 7, 2 pm, at Green Woodlands, in Dorchester, N.H. Please RSVP Ken Rower.
For a far better remembrance than I could ever hope to write, please see the Timber Framers Guild’s memoriam of Ed.
I’d just received (at noon on 31 August 2013), from Jay C. White Cloud, a copy of this letter from Ed’s wife. Here it is, in its entirety:
SEPTEMBER 7, 2013
GREEN WOODLANDS BARN HOUSE, DORCHESTER, N.H.From Boston or Manchester:
Head north on I-93
Take Exit 26 toward Plymouth
Merge onto NH 3A/S (Tenney Mt. Hwy), go 4.0 mi
At traffic circle, take 1st exit onto NH 25 W (Mt. Moosilauke Hwy), go 7.5 mi
Turn left onto NH 118 S, go 2.3 mi
Turn right onto Hearse House Rd, go 1 mi to end
Turn right onto Bickford Woods Rd, go 1.3 mi to end
Turn left onto North Dorchester Rd, go 2.4 mi
Turn right about 1000 yards past Thayer Rd at the Green Woodlands sign. Follow Green Woodlands signs on internal roads for about 4 mi to Barn House on Cummins Pond.
From Canaan, N. H. (US Route 4):
1. Head north on NH 118 into Dorchester
2. Left on North Dorchester Road, go about 3+ miles (don’t turn on Cummins Pond
3. Left at large Green Woodlands sign with red metal gate
4. If you pass Thayer Road, turn around (entrance is 1000 yards south of Thayer Rd)
5. Follow signs on internal Green Woodlands Roads approximately 4 mi to Barn House
From Lyme, N. H. (NH 10):
1. Head north on NH 10 through Lyme village and bear right onto Dorchester Rd at
Lyme Congregational Church at end of rectangular common (if coming south, fork
left off main road at back of church and turn left at end of carriage sheds)
2. Proceed on Dorchester Rd for 3 mi and take left at dirt continuation of
Dorchester Rd (if you see the Dartmouth Skiway turn around — you missed the dirt
continuation of Dorchester Rd)
3. Proceed 4.5 mi past Reservoir Pond until you see a large Road Closed sign
4. High-clearance vehicles—trucks or SUVs, not cars—can make the next mile, slowly
and carefully, to Barn House (or you can walk the last mile)
Telephone at Barn House 603-795-2718.