Tom Huber is a cordwood savant who builds with nature on his mind. An eclectic by nature, Tom espouses the philosophy of Christopher Alexander and his idea of using “Pattern Language” to create a homestead that is both meaningful and beautiful. Let me walk you through some of friend Tom’s creations.
This is his latest building called Cedar Eden. Made of Northern White Cedar, which is both beautiful and long lasting. Tom built this complex in stages and has room for more additions. His concept is “Build small with what you have and add on later.”
The first “add on” shows a curved cedar post on the corner. It is certainly eye catching. Note is is on a rock foundation and the posts were not squared, but left natural.
The interior of Cedar Eden with rock wall near the wood stove. There is all manner of rocks, stones, gems and momentos in the wall.
The sitting porch is done with stone and the cordwood is actually “cordwood siding.” Cordwood siding is 1″ discs of cordwood nailed or screwed to a mortar painted surface. Bet it fooled you:0)
Tom’s first attempt at cordwood resulted in this very attractive cordwood shed. The stone protects the sides and the cordwood gives a feeling of additional sturdiness and warmth.
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