Cordwood Fences, Signs & Gateways

There are some very amazing new signs, billboards and fences being created as art work using a cordwood motif.  Here are a few examples.

The first is by Ned Thilo of Pennsylvania who built this crescent moon beauty for a masonry contest.  If you are serious about a fence you need to have a solid footer, support posts and a top covering the shields the logs from water, snow and ice.

Ned Thilo mason from PA  fire clay, lime, sand2.jpgCordwood garden archCordwood garden gate for your daily walk on the way to harvest tomatoes & lettuce.Cordwood Fence mortarless for drying dec 28 2015.jpgAbove, this fence is mortarless, but looks so good because of the log placement.  It has a rock base, posts and only  lacks a covering.  If you filled it each year and used it for firewood, you could be accused of having the coolest firewood stack in town!


Cordwood fence without the mortar.jpgThis one is built on posts and the tractor wheels provide an interesting “look.”Cordwood fence with wire mesh panels.jpgFour

These 6″ x 6″ panels are very sturdy and make the slices look good, but I would add a piece of wood to the sides to protect passerbys.

Three of these Welcome to Merrill signs grace the entryways to our fair city.Andy Goretski Cordwood sign 2012This one has a digital sign that changes every couple of minutes to let folks know the happenings at the local rec center.Cordwood Sign MerrillAnd finally this is a good example of how to frame and finish the sign before hanging the placard.  These are 6″ x 8’s, pressure treated posts with 8″ cordwood infill.  There are keyways running up the inside sides of the posts to hold the cordwood firmly in place.


Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixelsIf you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at  

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 thousands of cordwood builders.  Cordwood Workshop DVD (2016),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices 2017 (print and ebook ) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.

Here is a picture of the Cordwood Workshop Video cover, featuring the Cordwood Education Center.

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For more information on Cordwood Construction, click on the picture or visit   Below is the 30 item Video menu. 

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