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.”Aspen 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. This is the link for accessing their website. http://www.ppcf.org/our-projects/aspen-valley-ranch/The tree branch in the tree with glass is simply wonderful.
Note how the roof gable is filled with branches. The view is spectacular.Students need tables and chair and an inspirational view.Beautiful bottle end/bottle brick work complete with recycled door!The round bubble window provides a porthole-like-view of the mountains.Teaching the students how to build using cordwood construction was a meaningful and rewarding experience. Should you wish to learn more about Cordwood Construction and all the different building choices available, visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org or click on the book cover. If you have questions please add a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.” www.cordwoodconstruction.org