There are people who know themselves and what they serve, who grow wise through love. Larry Haun was one of those rare individuals. He taught me a lot in the short time that I knew him. Larry was the kind of man that you can admire and love, who quietly set an example of good character without preaching. He died of cancer earlier this week.
The last time we were together, we walked in gardens near his home on the Oregon coast, talked about gardening and Shambala and the mystery contained in seeds, and marveled at the flowers.
Larry was an amazing carpenter. He taught many the craft (including my husband) and wrote books on the topic that are well-used classics. He was a good storyteller and I'm grateful that he finished his autobiography before he died. This book is one piece of Larry's beautiful legacy to us all.
A Carpenter's Life As Told By Houses is available at amazon.com.
The photo appears in Fine Homebuilding, where Larry was a regular contributor.
You can also read more about Larry Haun and A Carpenter's Life As Told By Houses in the New York Times. Thank you Larry, for your well-lived life, and for giving me a glimpse of how it can be done.