Cordwood Flooring Article published in Backhome Magazine

In June I posted a few pictures and a brief explanation of Steve & Sharon Lee’s cordwood floor. After showing the pictures to the editor of Backhome Magazine, he asked if we would work up an article that would explain the process of laying a cordwood floor.   Here are a few more pictures and the article at my cordwood website    Go to the Articles Menu click on “Cordwood Flooring.”

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Steve and Sharon in front of their cordwood floor, their masonry heater, their wood cookstove, Roadkill the Beaver and the rock walled bathroom with claw-footed tub.

Cordwood flooring

5/8″ hardwood slab of maple that was used for the floor.  It was very dry and hard.

Steve Lee masonry heater first level fired up 

Here is where the masonry heater begins (in the basement), it is a two storey brick and block stove and heats the whole 1600 sq. ft. house with one firing a day!

Steve Lee masonry heater, cordwood floor, river rocks on bathroom wall

Steve is rightly proud of his accomplishments.  He is a master craftsman and works to reuse, recycle and repurpose.

Here is the full article with instructions

published with permission of Backhome Magazine [Hendersonville, North Carolina]  If you like this article take a look at their magazine 

If  you are interested in Cordwood and literature on cordwood the best place to find it is at  Click on the Online Bookstore link to find the available books on cordwood plus how to register for cordwood workshops!

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 Happy New Year!


3 responses to “Cordwood Flooring Article published in Backhome Magazine

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  2. HI Sarah,
    Steve Lee used very, very dry hardwood. In light of hindsight, he mentioned he would seal the cordwood pieces before glue-ing them to the floor and applying grout. He said he would have used a lot less polyurethane if he had sealed the cordwood slices and he wouldn’t have has to sand as much “grout, out.” He didn’t specify a sealant, but I would imagine anything at the building store that would be used as a sealer could be used with the slices (ask how they do hardwood flooring). This would most likely mean you could wet them without causing any swelling and shrinking. Please let us know how things work out with your project. Tips and suggestions will be welcomed. -Richard

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