Cordwood Construction Workshop at Kinstone, Wisconsin May 2013

The Cordwood Workshop on May 18-19, 2013 at Kinstone near Fountain City, Wisconsin was a rousing success. Sixteen wonderful people learned the fine art & craft of cordwood construction. The Cordwood Chapel is full of nature design motifs and the combination of an evolving permaculture site with stone circles and monoliths makes for some very powerful energy. There are more photos at www.permacultureproject.com and at www.cordwoodconstruction.org under What’s New?
The Kinstone Cordwood Chapel under construction.

The Kinstone Cordwood Chapel under construction.

I don’t know what it is about cordwood, but it draws out the very best people…we consider ourselves blessed to have met and worked side by side with “salt of the earth” types.

Classroom time is important to learn and discuss "Best Practices"

Classroom time is important to learn and discuss “Best Practices”

Design features like in the "fire wall" are made from serving bowls reclaimed from thrift shops.

Design features like in the “fire wall” are made from serving bowls reclaimed from thrift shops.

Hands on mortaring of a cordwood wall in a "learn it by doing" style is the best way to "cement" the tricks of the trade.

Hands on mortaring of a cordwood wall in a “learn it by doing” style is the best way to “cement” the tricks of the trade.

The site is so beautiful that it is easy to maintain ones concentration.

The site is so beautiful that it is easy to maintain ones concentration.

Spreading insulation, cleaning log ends and tuck pointing are all parts of learning the "technique."

Spreading insulation, cleaning log ends and tuck pointing are all parts of learning the “technique.”

The grass wall will have flowers blooming at the next workshop!

The grass wall will have flowers blooming at the next workshop!

Cleaning the hairs off a log end is important to make the wall look its best.

Cleaning the hairs off a log end is important to make the wall look its best.

The Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture will be hosting many types of classes.  The facilities are outstanding and the food was most excellent. www.kinstone.com

The Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture will be hosting many types of classes. The facilities are outstanding and the food was most excellent. http://www.kinstonecircle.com

If I see it and do it, I remember.

If I see it and do it, I remember.

Making bottle ends requires concentration and Kinstone has hundreds of bottle ends. It is truly a work of art.

Making bottle ends requires concentration and Kinstone has hundreds of bottle ends in its walls. It is most assuredly, a work of art.

The shirt on Jarad portends the stones and the kinship feeling that permeates the environment at Kinstone.

The shirt on Jarad portends the wonderful stones and their stories and the feeling of kinship that permeates the air at Kinstone.

Sawdust and lime insulation is added and packed in the center cavity.

Sawdust and lime insulation is added and packed in the center cavity.

These pictures are all courtesy of Kristine Beck and Wayne Weiseman of http://www.permacultureproject.com   Wayne is a founding member of The Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture, along with “Rock Star” Kristine Beck and “Mr. Fix-it”  Jarad Barkheim.

When the mortar starts a flowing the wall starts a'rising.

When the mortar starts a flowing the wall starts a’rising.

The hard working, quick learning crew!

The hard working, quick learning crew!

Websites to find out more about Kinstone Academy,  Permaculture Project and Cordwood Construction.

  If you have any questions, please email me (Richard Flatau) at Flato@aol.com or go to my website http://www.cordwoodconstruction.org     You may also call with specific questions, from 9 AM to 6 PM  715-212-2870
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2 responses to “Cordwood Construction Workshop at Kinstone, Wisconsin May 2013

  1. Hi, great pics and lovely walls! Question: what is the best way you have found to remove the tops off glass bottles? Thanks, Jodie 🙂

  2. Hi Jodie,
    Thank you for you kind comments. When we make bottle ends we DO NOT take the tops off. For the most part we are doing 16″ walls, so we take a 12″ colored wine bottle or vase and slide the neck into a canning jar, pickle jar or some other jar that will give us 16″. Then we use aluminum colored duct tape to seal the two bottles together. We also use handi-coils of aluminum to wrap and squeeze around the bottles. Or if you do have to CUT the bottles you can use a tile cutter. That works.

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