Cordwood Construction by Tom Huber in Michigan & New York

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.

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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.”

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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.

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This was the first portion of the Cedar Eden homestead.

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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.

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Tom’s original cordwood home was in Michigan.  This beauty sold back in 2005 when Tom took a teaching position at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks.  It sold for the asking price and the buyer commented that the well done cordwood was the deciding factor in the purchase.

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The beautiful stone work, well laid cordwood, bottle ends and wavy pine siding speak about a builder who cares deeply about his creation.  Tom has the “artistic chops” to back up his work.

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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)

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The carefully laid out stone wall has insulation between it and the interior wall. The interior wall is made with 4″ cordwood stubbies which allow the cordwood wall to extend down to the interior floor, while the stone protects and beautifies the exterior.

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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.

Should you get bitten, not by mosquitoes, but by the cordwood bug, you may wish to take a look at www.cordwoodconstruction.org   Read the articles by clicking on the 9 color photos, check out the Cordwood eNewsletter on the top menu, look at the workshop schedule and if you want to learn more check out all the ebooks and hard copy books at the Online Cordwood Bookstore.

The latest and in my opinion, the best book on cordwood is Cordwood Construction Best Practices, which was just updated.

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