Cordwood Star Wall Celebration

So, how do you celebrate finishing a cordwood wall?  Here are a few cordwood completion poses for your enjoyment.  First of all:  What is a cordwood star wall?  Well at Kinstone we built a wall with 8″ x 8″ cedar posts, 20′ long and 5′ high and loaded with 67 bottles that oftimes resemble constellations.  The wall is attached to the Dragon’s Keep Entrance Center and is sheltered by a green roof.

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Maranda gives her best happy pose.  This is what she had to say: “Cordwood Construction is exhausting and exhilarating. I built a wall today. I seriously built this. Fabulous. I’m spent. I’ve learned so much in one day. I love this skill, I can take this into the wilderness and build myself a very warm, durable, cost effective, simple, yet gorgeous structure. And I don’t need electricity or fancy tools to complete an entire shack. This will literally save my existence. I love it. -Maranda”

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Tuck pointed, bottles bricks cleaned and ready to be covered to slow the set and cure.

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We had rather small pieces of cordwood to work, but these walls came out very well.

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Rachel & Rollin are pumped!Kinstone workshop 2017EMany hands make light work. Kinstone workshop 2017D

The wall is 20 feet long and nearly 5 foot tall!

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The marvelous Cordwood Workshop Crew is in repose, but obviously not done yet   Left to right, top to bottom. Zac, Rollin, Rachel, Jeff, Richard, Kendall (middle row) Greg, Maranda, Terry, Jo, Becky, Ed, (bottom row) Bentley, Jackie and Dawn.  This amazing crew finished the entire wall in one day!   Now that is some kind of record!               Thank you to Kristine of Kinstone for the photos.

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 instruction for thousands of cordwood builders.  Cordwood Workshop Video (2017),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (2017) 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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One response to “Cordwood Star Wall Celebration

  1. Christine Baker

    Hi … I have some questions. I am a full-time employed 56 year old woman who has always dreamed of having my own home and never achieved that dream thus far. I have been researching different housing options and am thinking that cordwood might just be my best bet.

    Here is what I want to build: A Cordwood Home; 30’x60’ Exterior Dimension; 27’x57’ Interior Dimension; 18-inch wall thickness. Two bedrooms, 1.5 baths, den, living room and kitchen/dining area – laundry is in a closet connected to the kitchen. All water/greywater is on one side of the building. I don’t mind splitting the cords, but would prefer not to have to cut down trees or de-bark the wood. The best would be if I could get dry wood as well. Rubble Trench Foundation, stick frame. Prefer to build frame and roof first, and erect walls under cover after that since Washington is such a wet state much of the time. Metal Roof w/min. 4-ft. overhang for protection of cob walls. 11-foot wall height. Spray Foam Insulation at roof and under floor (?). Wind and Solar power; two Cinderella Incinerator Toilets; Greywater system; Underground Cistern for rainwater collection. No well. No sewer. No connection to power grid. But I will want Direct TV. 🙂 Wood fireplace for primary heating – is there a way to move that heat around house? Possibly 8 double-pane windows, two sliding glass doors, two entry doors. Combo washer/dryer in single unit, standard lg. capacity refrigerator, dishwasher, drop-in stove/oven, on-demand water heater … all energy star certified, flow-restrictors on all faucets, disposal in kitchen sink. Energy-efficient lighting throughout; light-tubes in roof for increased daylight in house.

    Here are my big questions:
    — Can this house be built in one long summer (say, May through October) (foundation/roof/walls/plumbing/electrical – finishing details can be accomplished later) … IF I have enough people, dry wood, and sub out some of the foundation work? I have a budget of $80-120,000 which would INCLUDE cost of land. I have seen 2-5 acres in King and Snohomish Counties available for $39-50K … so am hoping I will be able to find something affordable, and then do the complete build for $70K or under. I will do everything I can to source locally, re-purpose necessary items, and procure wisely.
    — Do you have experience in Washington state? King or Snohomish Counties? Could you direct me to someone who does? I was hoping to hire a cordwood project manager who could oversee the work everyone else is doing.
    — I don’t have the physical strength or know-how to cut & debark my own logs, but I can rent a log-splitter, and I can get a group of 8-10 strong men and women to help stack the walls. And I could hire some subcontractors to help with plumbing and electrical.

    I just ordered your book, but wanted to ask these questions because it seems like everyone in cordwood says it will take 3-5 years, and that just isn’t going to work for me. I desperately want to get out of the expensive rental market and into owning my own place. Thank you for any information you can give.

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