Cordwood Sauna: Peace out!

Ever see a modified Peace Sign in a cordwood wall?  This one is  made by exploding (splitting) the piece in thirds and then using a one inch mortar joint to reconnect!  Designed by Malachi & Kayla.  The peaceful wood is Aspen.  One more split on the bottom piece would have made the “tail” for the peace sign. Novitch workshop 18We were lucky to have such wonderful folk at our cordwood sauna workshop in Merrill, Wisconsin.  Folks came from New York, Idaho, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin to partake in a two day hands on seminar.Novitch 19The framing was finished ahead of time for the workshop.  It is important to cross brace all the supporting posts. Novitch sauna 1A grade beam saves on excavation cost and material.   The posts are anchor wedged to the grade beam and lag bolted for stability.  Note that the top beams are secured with 3/8’s inch iron brackets. Novitch sauna 4

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Lag bolts being attached with a smile. Novitch sauna 2The sauna was framed using large portable sawmill posts and beams, with all the wood coming from onsite.Novitch workshop 19These pieces of cordwood have been dried to 12% moisture content or lower.  The cracks on the faces let you know they are well seasoned and ready for cordwooding. Novitch workshop 20Using a random rubble log placement makes for a unique and interesting wall. Novitch workshop 21The large piece of the top right (above) is a 5 piece exploded round (aspen) which was put back together with one inch mortar joints. Novitch workshop 23An outstanding group of workshop attendees who brought their own unique personalities and skills to the table.  We enjoyed each and every one. Novitch workshop 24The beginning of the Ojibwe Medicine Wheel starts with a piece of large, heavy duty cardboard.   It is attached and taken off at a predetermined height.  The drywall screws at the top help the designers to know where to place the bottles. More photos will follow as the walls rise.

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

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“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”  www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Tiny Cordwood Home

Kit & Jesse are building a 768 sq. ft. tiny cordwood home with a sleeping loft for their family of four.   Using best practices, they have radiant in floor heat, post and beam framing, 16 inch cedar cordwood infill and an R-value of 50 in the roof.

Kit Jesse 14.jpgThe log end that appears to be levitating has been drilled out to accept a wiring receptacle.  Then it is temporarily attached to a 2 x 4.  It will become part of the kitchen wiring above the counter top.Kit Jesse 1The timber frame uses 8 x 8’s of southern yellow pine with 6 x 8 inch tamarack post on the inside to complete the 16″ wall.   A dormer has been added to the 10/12 pitch roof to provide space for the two room-in-the-attic-truss bedrooms.

The wiring is 14-2 attached with wire staples to the center of the post. Kit Jesse 10Work parties with friends and family help to speed the building process. Kit Jesse 12Nearly 100 bottle logs have been made.  Some have special family momentoes.Kit Jesse 3

Favorite fishing lures.

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Posts anchored properly to the FPSF. Kit Jesse 4Sawdust for the mortar mix. soaking in the far barrel and draining in the near one.  Kit Jesse 5Jesse used a pressure treated 1 x 8 on the bottom of the post to prevent moisture wicking into the post above.  He will also place a shingle between this post and the slab.  Kit Jesse 6One of the many advantages of a post and beam framework with roof attached is the functionality of being able to store materials under cover. Kit Jesse 16A window box (buck) is attached to the post and the top plate.  This will insure that the window will always be able to be opened.  Kit Jesse 15.jpg

More pictures will be added to this post as the building continues.  Stay tuned.

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

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“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”  www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Cordwood & Timber Frame

Can you combine Cordwood with Timber Framing?   Ya sure you betcha!  Here are photos of the infilling of a traditional timber frame home with 16″ cedar cordwood and lime putty mortar with a 10″ sawdust insulation cavity (R-value of 24). .  This style of timber framing  is called Hall & Parlor and was one of the first timber frame styles used in America.

Hylla House for BlogThe posts and beams are mostly Tamarack with some pine for bents.  Tamarack develops small cracks and not big checks like other species.

The cordwood infill is Northern White Cedar, the gold standard for cordwood construction. Cordwood Workshop 2010 050Vinnie is loving his cordwood work.  He looks like he came off the set of Hew Haw!Hylla House Anne 1 with logo

Anne takes a break after a hard days work.

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A close up of the tamarack post and the stackwall corner with glaciated stones set in the foundation wall.

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The corner posts are wrapped with a stackwall corner “look.”

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The second storey is framed and the windows installed. The Great wall of LimePuttyMortar

Lime putty mortar is simply rehydrated Type S lime and sand.  It has a much whiter color than other mortars.

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Timber framing mallet in hand Nick lets out a whoop, Anne smiles and Oliver strikes a Greco Roman wrestling pose.Hylla House 2 with logoRandom patterning looks the best with many different sizes of logs.

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The home is banked into a hill and the solar installation provides heat for the floor, the hot water and electricity. hylla house 5

The walls were completed at workshops and work parties.  The PV panels on the roof provide most of the families needs.  This installation also has grid intertie.

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Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

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“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”  www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Cordwood Construction in Holland: a perfectly beautiful Cordwood Garden House

Marie-Louise shared these photos of a cordwood “garden house” she built in Holland.  FB Stout in Hout Marie Louise holland

The post and beam framework is attached to the wooden deck.

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Tree limbs have been trimmed and placed into the wall to lend an organic appeal to the garden house.

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Cordwood rounds have been placed to dry.  Decorative metal designs have been used to enhance the attractiveness of the building.

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“Bumps” have been added to the timber to enable the mortar matrix to “stick.”

Even the woodpile for the wood heater has been made into an artistic statement.

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This use of cordwood shows how creative and whimsical some folks can be when it comes to designing a cordwood building.  Kudos and congratulations to Marie-Louise.

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

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“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”  www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Maple Sugar Cordwood

Do you love the taste of Maple Syrup?   Well so does Ted Amman. He wanted to build a “shack” to house his family maple syrup harvest. Ted attended a cordwood workshop, visited the Cordwood Education Center, read everything he could get his hands on, picked my brain aplenty and then went and built his own cordwood masterpiece. I think the reader will agree that this is much more than a “shack.” Ted Amman 7 Ted gives sage advice with his comments (below).  If you are planning to build using cordwood it is wise to take advice from someone with experience.Ted Amman 3The framework braced and ready for the roof. Ted Amman 4The split face block protects the cordwood from splashback in heavy snow or rain.Ted Amman 5The cordwood commences.  Notice how Ted uses a good random pattern with his wood selection.

Bottle ends:  Ted says, “I found the wine/whiskey/gin bottles in the wall to be very attractive.  Don’t cut them short.  In my 11.5 inch wall, 12 inch bottles seem to draw light (from inside and outside) better than 11 inch bottles.  Matching colored bottles with clear ones is ok but not necessary.  If your colored bottle is dark (blue or green or whatever) match it up with a lighter version of the same color – yields a very nice effect both inside and outside.  I used a lot of Sapphire Gin bottles – medium blue (square).  I matched them with the same bottle (square & blue).  The result was a very attractive blue.  Then I started putting them in at an angle – like a diamond.  That turned out very well.  If you have a fairly large roof overhang like I do, put the bottles mostly in the lower 2/3 or 3/4 of the wall for maximum effect.  Bottles up near the top look good on the gable ends but are pretty dark on the side walls.”

Ted Amman 8Just before the snows arrived. Ted Amman 10Winter descends and the sugar shack is all bundled up. Ted Amman 9The interior shows how the bottles light up with the sun.

Ted answered all my questions about his build.

1.  Dimensions of the building? The outside dimensions are 18×24.  With one foot walls all around, the inside dimensions are 16×22. The walls are slightly over 8.5 feet high.

2.  Posts and beams of what species? The corner posts are approx 16 inches in diameter and are red cedar (from the Pacific northwest).  The side posts and beams are rough cut white pine from N Wisconsin. 

3.  Width of the cordwood wall?  The cordwood wall is 12 inches thick.

4.  Species of wood for cordwood infill?  All of the cordwood used in the walls were white cedar, dried +five years from the UP of Michigan.  I bought the wood from Steigers in Hudson, WI. 

5.  Trusses, what style?  The trusses were common W style and came from Pukalls – a lumber yard in Arbor Vitae.

7.  Suggestions you would offer to wannbe cordwood masons!  Hah!  Where to begin!  First off, attend one of your workshops to practice, learn and build your confidence.  I consider the workshop essential to building successfully.  A friend of mine read about cordwood building (not from your book) and did his own garden shed – five inch walls using fresh cut hardwood.  The result was a very uneven wall with multiple cracks and is likely to topple over before long.  If possible, build a small building for practice after attending a workshop.  I skipped this part but, in hindsight can certainly see the value of a practice building.  Second, draw out what you want and then tinker with it until it shows what you want it to look like.  Third get Richard’s book and research the options for foundations, floors, structure, walls, mortar and decorations/bottles, marbles,stones, etc.   Then reread the applicable parts of Richard’s book at least 3-4 times more.  Fourth, visit the Merrill School Forest Cordwood Education Center and any other cordwood buildings to get ideas.  Fifth, find some gullible friends and relatives to help with the wall building but maintain strict quality control.  If you end up with only one reliable partner, as I did, quality control was fairly easy but the work was exhausting at times.  A few other suggestions – keep your first batches small until you find out how much you can handle before the mortar gets too dry to work with.  Don’t forget that careful striking off (tuck pointing) takes time.  For me, each batch meant 30-40 minutes of tuckpointing.  We could easily do 6-8 batches by 4 pm each day but that meant 3-4 hours of tuck pointing.  Hence it was frequently 8-9 pm before I finished the tuck pointing.   There were many other things I learned but these are some that come to mind.

Congratulations and well-done to Ted Amman! 

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

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Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Cordwood Mermaid Cottage in Colorado

Did you know there is a cottage filled with mermaids in southern Colorado? KimAnna16 with logoKimAnna18 with logo Even though it is a thousand miles from the nearest ocean, this B n B has a bevy of seafaring sirens. It has gorgeous views, breathtaking skies, wonderful structures. The Mermaid Cottage is available via AirBnB at  https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/685335KimAnna9 with logoBuilt by KimAnna Cellura-Shields and her husband Michael, the Mermaid Cottage is a testament to the possibilities of building with log ends, glass and mortar.KimAnna14 with logoThe shower is an entire glass bottle wall. KimAnna17 with logoThe surrounding countryside is beyond compare. KimAnna13 with logo If perchance, you are interested in moving to Colorado and starting a business, the Peace of Art Cafe in Del Norte, Colorado is FOR SALE  The details are available at http://www.organicpeddler.com/peace-of-art-cafe.html  KimAnna11 with logoThe kitchen sign says “The Mermaid is in.”KimAnna10 with logoThe bedroom is vibrant with color.KimAnna15 with logoEven the bathroom will bathe you in light and beauty.

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

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Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Dragon’s Cordwood Keep

In the rolling bluffs and buttes of southwest Wisconsin and nigh onto the Mississippi River resides a cordwood dragon. Kinstone 49This dragon (the eye is green) is sleeping in a cordwood “dragon’s keep.”  Kinstone 27 Made of cordwood, bottles, metal and glass it keeps watch over the Driftless Zone and the other 15 dragons nestled under and near its wings.  As you know a “keep” is defined as an “inner most stronghold.” Kinstone 4The Dragon’s Keep came to fruition during cordwood workshops at Kinstone Permaculture Academy near Fountain City, Wisconsin.  High atop a ridge, overlooking the Mississippi River, this dragon is ready for anything.  Actually multiple baby dragons can be seen nesting in the walls. Kinstone 9There is also a double antler shed embedded in the walls, which is now used as a coat rack.  You will also notice that this wall has cobwood (cob mortar and cordwood log ends) on the bottom and cordwood on the top. Kinstone 2

Here you can see the dragon’s eye, head and fiery tongue (black).Kinstone 10The entrance way is protected by a cedar tree. Kinstone 37A green dragon awaits placement in the wall. kinstone 47The dragon’s wing is ready to take flight. Kinstone 48

There are five tiny dragons in this photo, can you find them all?Kinstone 50The “keep” building crew is positive and happy with their work!

Kinstone 3Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixelsIf you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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New Cordwood Construction Video/DVD

Cordwood Construction Best Practices DVD is the newest addition to the expanding field of cordwood information   If you want to see a video of detailed, best practice methods of building, mixing, tuck pointing and insulating a cordwood wall, this DVD has it, from all the angles.  Recorded live at hands-on workshops! DVD label cover yellow

Can’t take a workshop?  Then this is the next best thing. The author, Richard Flatau, also explains Best Practices, plumbing, electrical, foundations and framing.

To order Cordwood Construction Best Practices DVD please visit the online bookstore at www.cordwoodconstruction.org    A bargain at $25 (US), this video will provide you with the knowledge you need to make a quality, best practices cordwood building.

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                              Take a look at some of the pictures in the video.

                                                Grade beams and framing

 

Grade beam and framing

Grade beam and framing with keywaysMany different electrical options, here’s one.Electrical outlet using routed round log with logo.jpgThe five mortar choices.     An example:  Cobwood with lime and sawdust in the center cavity for greater thermal resistance and a warmer home.  Cobwood workshop Kinstone

5 different mortars in one building!  Learn about all 5 and how to make them. 

 

5 different mortar shed Jim Piontkowski 5 different mortarsCellulose mortar is whiter.  

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Plumbing  

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Foundations and framing options. Nick Kautzer 5 foundation framing video.jpg

Post and beam roundwood.

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Laying up a wall and tuck pointing options. Traditional Cordwood Wall builders

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Bottles in the wall and a bear paw!

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Best Examples of Cordwood Construction.Alan Adolphson Hope, Maine aspen cordwood home with logoBN new 2 with logoBryan_and_Lois_house_in Colorado for media 1500 x 1500 pixels Richard Flatau copyright with logoAnd so much more.

To order Cordwood Construction Best Practices DVD please visit the online bookstore at www.cordwoodconstruction.org    A bargain at $25, this video will provide you with the knowledge you need to make a quality, best practices build.

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Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixelsIf you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Cordwood Countertop Turtle

Patti Brehler from near Roscommon, Michigan sent these gorgeous photos of the cordwood top she made on top of her husband’s corner cabinet.  You will notice a walnut turtle in the center. How creative and delightful! Thank you Patti for sharing your creation. I love these shares. Patti is editor at the “Voice of the Ausable.”

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Here are Patti’s directions on how to build one for yourself!  We bought your book several years ago after moving to northeastern Michigan from the Detroit area. I was interested in building a cordwood writing studio at the back of our 13 acres of hardwood forest, that butts up against a state recreation area. After figuring out how much work this meant, we kind of gave up the idea. But, I still had an itch to do some cordwood! My husband, Andy, is a nice woodworker. I’ve always wanted him to build me a corner cabinet in the kitchen as a “beverage” counter, with a lower drawer to house the dog dishes, and doors to put the dog food containers in. Well, he finally got around to it in 2015.

Patti Brehler 2 Roscommon MichiganFirst step, he build the wine rack at the top, then started on the bottom cabinet. He made a triangle template for me to make the cordwood design for the counter top. That was my job! I knew I wanted the center piece to be a slice of walnut from David Miller’s Sawmill in Mio, MI. The other pieces I pulled from our wood shed – ash, birch, maple and oak. Andy built a jig for his bandsaw so I could slice the wood pieces the same – 3/4″. I made my design on the template and the turtle just sort of came to life on it’s own. We did a few things to experiment. First, Andy glued a test piece on a board to see if just the glue would be enough to hold the wood slice on for sanding. That worked just fine. We decided on the dark grout and I went to work gluing the pieces to the counter top. Andy did an initial sanding and coated them with polyurethane to protect them from the grout. After grouting, he sanded again to clean them up and added another coat of polyurethane. We learned how to pour the epoxy on the lazy susan, so felt confident when we did the counter top. We did three pours on the countertop. The first pour was to seal and did not result in a flat surface. The second pour made it flat, but we made a mistake by adding “dams” at the edges. We weren’t sure about letting the epoxy run over the edges because we knew we wanted to add the decorative piece on the front edge. But, it was evident that we needed a third pour to let run over the edge for a more finished look. We’re very happy with the results! Here’s the photo of the lazy susan, which is a nice compliment to the cabinet.Patti Brehler 1 Roscommon Michigan

Here is the  15 1/2″ octogan Lazy Susan we built as a practice piece, so I could try out grout colors, and we could test the epoxy pour.

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Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixelsIf you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

Wee Cordwood Playhouse in North Carolina

What is tinier than a tiny house?   Well, a Wee Cordwood Playhouse that’s what.  We were privileged to work with the staff at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, North Carolina in their Children’s Gardens called Lost Hollow and Wicket Thicket.Cordwood Hut 1

At 64 sq. ft. of floor space this could be one of the tiniest wee houses ever:0)Cordwood Hut 3The purple tent protected the cordwood masons as they learned the fine art of cordwood construction.

Architect (Gary Smith) wanted a children’s play hut based on the gothic arch.  A donor metal fabricator provided the frame, the Garden Staff provided the materials and a wonderful group of nine hardworking “cordwooders” provided the labor. Cordwood Hut 4

The mushroom motif gives an earthy feel to the hut. Cordwood Hut 9A garland ring of leaves and branches (more will be added) will comprise the roof.

Cordwood Hut 23A tulip from red cedar over the entranceway. Cordwood Hut 21Inside a cozy hut, get your imagination ready!Cordwood Hut 22The cordwood masons inscribed a log end.

Cordwood Hut 13Here the Botanical Garden Staff celebrates the fine work of the cordwood crew.  This is the first time we have ever been fetted with flutes of champagne and sparkling cider.

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The class participants pay careful attention to a lesson on the wonderful ways of sawdust. Cordwood Hut 20The happy crew celebrating the completion of the Cordwood Hut with silly faces.

Cordwood Hut 16This is a botanical garden and has a large conservatory of tropical plants. It also boasts a “Moon Keep,”  castle ruins and an outdoor theater at Lost Hollow.   Cordwood Hut 18Here among the crape myrtle trees is a symbol of childhood freedom and wonder.Cordwood Hut 10

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixelsIf you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at richardflatau@gmail.com  

Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org