Cordwood & Timber Frame

Can you combine Cordwood with Timber Framing?   Ya sure you betcha!  Here are photos of the infilling of a traditional timber frame home with 16″ cedar cordwood and lime putty mortar with a 10″ sawdust insulation cavity (R-value of 24).   This particular style of timber framing is called Hall & Parlor and was one of the first timber frame styles used in America.Hylla House for BlogThe posts and beams are mostly Tamarack with some pine for “bents. ” According to the owner/builder,  Tamarack develops small cracks and not big checks like some other species.   The cordwood infill is Northern White Cedar, the gold standard for cordwood construction. Cordwood Workshop 2010 050(Above) Vinnie is loving his cordwood work.  He looks like he came from Hee Haw!Hylla House Anne 1 with logo

Owner/builder Anne takes a break after a hard days work.Cordwood Workshop 2010 061A close up of the tamarack post and the stackwall corner with glaciated stones set in the foundation wall.Cordwood Workshop 2010 057The corner posts are wrapped with a “faux” stackwall corner “look.”

Cordwood Workshop 2010 067The second storey is framed and the windows installed. The Great wall of LimePuttyMortarLime putty mortar is simply rehydrated Type S lime and sand.  It has a much whiter color than other mortars.

Cordwood Workshop 2010 052Cordwood can be stacked and mortared until the weather goes below freezing.

Timber framing mallet in hand Nick lets out a whoop, Anne smiles and Oliver strikes a Greco Roman wrestling pose.Hylla House 2 with logoRandom patterning looks the best with many different sizes of logs.

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The home owners work for the MREA (Midwest Renewable Energy Association) and banked their solar array into a hill.  This “state of the art” solar installation provides heat for the floor, the hot water and electricity. hylla house 5The walls were completed at workshops run by Richard & Becky Flatau and Cordwood Construction LLC.  The PV panels on the roof provide most of the families needs.  This installation also has grid intertie.

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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.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at  

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

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The 30 item menu from the one hour and twelve minute DVD.   “Cordwood Blues” instrumental by friend John Greenwood is part of the ambience.

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One of the better timber framing books on the market.  The authors name is so perfect “Will Beemer.”  Timber Framing by Will Beemer.jpg

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