Cordwood Construction at Aspen Valley Ranch in Colorado

Ryan Ross of Woodland Park, Colorado (Pike’s Peak) was kind enough to share these photos. Ryan wrote, “We have our own portable sawmill and cut all the timber-frame material right here on the ranch… The walls are 8″ thick because we use this as an art studio/educational space. We got a little carried away with ideas and tried to incorporate as many interesting things in the walls as we could.”Ryan Ross Aspen Valley Ranch 1Aspen Valley Ranch runs an educational program for conservation of the environment which includes natural building.  They have erected a couple of cordwood cabins on the property  for use by the students. Ryan Ross Aspen Valley Ranch 2This is the link for accessing their website. Ross Aspen Valley Ranch 3The tree branch in the tree with glass is simply wonderful.Ryan Ross Aspen Valley Ranch 4

Ryan Ross Aspen Valley Ranch 5Note how the roof gable is filled with branches. Ryan Ross Aspen Valley Ranch 6The view is spectacular.Ryan Ross Aspen Valley Ranch 7Students need tables and chair and an inspirational view.Ryan Ross Aspen Valley Ranch 8Beautiful bottle end/bottle brick work complete with recycled door!Ryan Ross Aspen Valley Ranch 9The round bubble window provides a porthole-like-view of the mountains.Ryan Ross Woodland Park, COTeaching the students how to build using cordwood construction was a meaningful and rewarding experience. Ryan Ross Woodland Park, CO3Should you wish to learn more about Cordwood Construction and all the different building choices available,  visit or click on the book cover. Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixelsIf you have questions please add a comment or email me at

 Some folks have asked for a brief biography of what Cordwood Construction is all about. 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 hundreds of cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices (2015), Cordwood Conference Papers 2015, Cordwood Shed Plans (2012) and Cordwood House Plans (2014) are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”


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