Cordwood Goes Hybrid

“Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match, find me a catch, catch me a catch…”  That is precisely what is going on with Clarke Snell’s hybrid cottage.  One wall is cordwood, one wall cob, one strawbale and one earthen plaster, topped off with a living roof.

Clarke Snell small pixel with logo.jpgThe cob wall and living roof (top). The cordwood and strawbale wall (bottom).Clarke Snell #2a small pixel with logo

Clarke snell cob and cordwood with logo.jpgCordwood and cob play very well together.

So do strawbale (balewall) and cordwood (in this instance in Manitoba, Canada), the cordwood is double wall.IMG_4121

This how the strawbale and cordwood look when they meet in the corner of the room.


This is cordwood in the kitchen in the lovely Cannon home in Antelope Valley, Manitoba, Canada.


Sigi Koko has added a cordwood green house/sunroom in a strawbale and earthen plaster home in West Virginia. Sigi Koko Cordwood Greenhouse solar room2

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Below is a cob and bottle wall greenhouse with excellent framing.


Greenhouse from Sigi



Cordwood and bottle bricks brighten up the walls.

Sigi Koko Cordwood Greenhouse solar room

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Heidi Vilkman built this hybrid artist studio of cordwood and cob in Finland.


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 (2018),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print 2017) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their Online Cordwood Bookstore.  The books & DVD are also available as ebooks for a quick and easy shipping free download.


This is the new Cordwood Workshop DVD. Cordwood Workshop DVD 3

These are the 30 menu sections from the Cordwood Workshop DVD.

DVD Menu 1

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