On Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m., The Apprenticeshop hosts master builder and founding director of The Timber Framers Guild of North America Edward M. Levin.

Levin will share his experience of replicating the 17th century, timber-framed roof and cupola of a wooden synagogue in Gwozdziec, Poland, which was destroyed during World War I. The project (a collaboration of Handshouse Studio of Norwell, Mass., 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.

But what does timber framing have to do with The Apprenticeshop? Since the 1960s and 1970s, there has been something of a revival of traditional hand-crafts in America. Post World War II and after the boom of industry that followed, there was a resurgence of interest in what could be made using traditional methods and materials. In 1972, The Apprenticeshop came into being to provide experiential, hands-on education using the traditional craft of boatbuilding. In fact, the original boatbuilding shop itself was a timber-framed structure raised by the first apprentices at the Maine Maritime Museum.

Similarities in the two traditional crafts overlap in terms of craftsmanship. Boatbuilding and timber framing use many of the same hand tools and techniques. Both crafts require a depth of knowledge of the changeability of a large variety of woods and how building and design must consider the effects of weather and exposure to the elements. Additionally, each craft requires the efforts of a community to culminate – many hands attend to building and launching a boat, and it takes many hands to raise a timber frame.

Craftsmanship and community are at the heart and soul of The Apprenticeshop, and, not surprisingly, a percentage of Apprenticeshop alumni go on to learn the craft of timber framing too.

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 St., Rockland. The program is part of a monthly lecture series Second Thursdays at The Apprenticeshop and is sponsored by Eastern Tire and Auto.

A tour of current boat projects will be available after the lecture. Boats under construction include a 12-foot Barnegut Bay duck boat, a replica of a 15-foot Maine Lifestation peapod, the restoration of a 20-foot Alden Indian-class sloop, and a 17-foot work skiff designed by Mark Fitzgerald. Work by the newest class of apprentices will just be starting on two Susan skiffs. For more information visit apprenticeshop.org or call 594-1800.