Here are Mark & Chelsea in front of their cordwood home in Kenai, Alaska. The walls are 14″ spruce with foam insulation in the center cavity between the two 3″ mortar beads.
They used a log wizard to craft the beams, posts and rafter. Alaska provides ample solar time to work during the summer, but in the winter it can be a challenge.
New photos from Chelsea and Mark of a cordwood addition. Note the stone fish and the Big Dipper in bottle bricks.
Chelsea wrote a detailed article about building this cordwood masterpiece for the Cordwood Conference Papers 2011, which was then shared at the Cordwood Conference in Winnipeg, Canada in June of 2011. The Papers are for sale as an ebook or a print version and the quality of information and the breadth of subject matter is outstanding.
To get the latest information on using Best Practices with cordwood take a look at Cordwood Construction Best Practices.
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This home is certainly inspiration for future cold climate cordwooders.