Imagine Cordwood

Imagine Cordwood   From time to time, I am asked to write articles for various newspapers, magazines and books.   Last year Die Zeitung requested an article for their eastern European readership.  The result was a fantastic collaboration with the reporter. Last month an international magazine asked for an article that would show the whimsical and ethereal side of cordwood.  Immediately three gals who had built gorgeous places with cordwood popped into my mind.  I contacted each one and “to a woman” they were overjoyed to help write a positively emotive article, showing more than construction details.

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The article appears in the Summer edition of Faerie Magazine on pages 30-32.  It is a visual feast of cordwood eye candy, plus a 250 word beautiful flight of verbal fancy from each delightful author.

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This article is used with permission of the editor.   If you wish to order this charming magazine go to and click on the 2014 summer issue #27.  To receive a 15% discount on anything, use the word Cordwood in the promo/discount box.Cordwood Construction Best Practices  available in print & ebook at online bookstore.

For information on how to build using Cordwood Construction with Best Practices go to and order the newest book on the cordwood bookshelf.  Cordwood Construction Best Practices.

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 Workshop DVD (2018),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print 2017) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their Online Cordwood Bookstore.  The books & DVD are also available as ebooks for a quick and easy shipping-free download.                                                Cordwood Workshop DVD 3

“We watched the video and have to report it is excellent. You and Alan did a great job.”    -Rob Roy  NY

“This guy (Richard Flatau) literally wrote the book on cordwood building and has been a great help with all our questions!”   -Shane & Kelli Kilcher of Alaska: The Last Frontier

“This is the definitive guide to cordwood building. Richard is the first person we call to the Natural Homes building group for advice.” – Oliver

These are the 30 menu sections from the Cordwood Workshop DVD.

DVD Menu 1

DVD menu 2

A picture of the Mermaid Cottage in an architectural magazine in the Czech Republic.

Mermaid Cottage 1

Heidi Vilkman’s cob and cordwood artist studio in Finland. Heidi Vilkman cottage with logo

The Kinstone Chapel near Fountain City, Wisconsin showing off with autumn colors. Imagine Cordwood Kinstone with logo


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