Category Archives: Cordwood Construction

Maple Sugar Cordwood

Do you love the taste of Maple Syrup?   Well so does Ted Amman. He wanted to build a “shack” to house his family maple syrup harvest. Ted attended a cordwood workshop, visited the Cordwood Education Center, read everything he could get his hands on, picked my brain aplenty and then went and built his own cordwood masterpiece. I think the reader will agree that this is much more than a “shack.” Ted Amman 7 Ted gives sage advice with his comments (below).  If you are planning to build using cordwood it is wise to take advice from someone with experience.Ted Amman 3The framework braced and ready for the roof. Ted Amman 4The split face block protects the cordwood from splashback in heavy snow or rain.Ted Amman 5The cordwood commences.  Notice how Ted uses a good random pattern with his wood selection.

Bottle ends:  Ted says, “I found the wine/whiskey/gin bottles in the wall to be very attractive.  Don’t cut them short.  In my 11.5 inch wall, 12 inch bottles seem to draw light (from inside and outside) better than 11 inch bottles.  Matching colored bottles with clear ones is ok but not necessary.  If your colored bottle is dark (blue or green or whatever) match it up with a lighter version of the same color – yields a very nice effect both inside and outside.  I used a lot of Sapphire Gin bottles – medium blue (square).  I matched them with the same bottle (square & blue).  The result was a very attractive blue.  Then I started putting them in at an angle – like a diamond.  That turned out very well.  If you have a fairly large roof overhang like I do, put the bottles mostly in the lower 2/3 or 3/4 of the wall for maximum effect.  Bottles up near the top look good on the gable ends but are pretty dark on the side walls.”

Ted Amman 8Just before the snows arrived. Ted Amman 10Winter descends and the sugar shack is all bundled up. Ted Amman 9The interior shows how the bottles light up with the sun.

Ted answered all my questions about his build.

1.  Dimensions of the building? The outside dimensions are 18×24.  With one foot walls all around, the inside dimensions are 16×22. The walls are slightly over 8.5 feet high.

2.  Posts and beams of what species? The corner posts are approx 16 inches in diameter and are red cedar (from the Pacific northwest).  The side posts and beams are rough cut white pine from N Wisconsin. 

3.  Width of the cordwood wall?  The cordwood wall is 12 inches thick.

4.  Species of wood for cordwood infill?  All of the cordwood used in the walls were white cedar, dried +five years from the UP of Michigan.  I bought the wood from Steigers in Hudson, WI. 

5.  Trusses, what style?  The trusses were common W style and came from Pukalls – a lumber yard in Arbor Vitae.

7.  Suggestions you would offer to wannbe cordwood masons!  Hah!  Where to begin!  First off, attend one of your workshops to practice, learn and build your confidence.  I consider the workshop essential to building successfully.  A friend of mine read about cordwood building (not from your book) and did his own garden shed – five inch walls using fresh cut hardwood.  The result was a very uneven wall with multiple cracks and is likely to topple over before long.  If possible, build a small building for practice after attending a workshop.  I skipped this part but, in hindsight can certainly see the value of a practice building.  Second, draw out what you want and then tinker with it until it shows what you want it to look like.  Third get Richard’s book and research the options for foundations, floors, structure, walls, mortar and decorations/bottles, marbles,stones, etc.   Then reread the applicable parts of Richard’s book at least 3-4 times more.  Fourth, visit the Merrill School Forest Cordwood Education Center and any other cordwood buildings to get ideas.  Fifth, find some gullible friends and relatives to help with the wall building but maintain strict quality control.  If you end up with only one reliable partner, as I did, quality control was fairly easy but the work was exhausting at times.  A few other suggestions – keep your first batches small until you find out how much you can handle before the mortar gets too dry to work with.  Don’t forget that careful striking off (tuck pointing) takes time.  For me, each batch meant 30-40 minutes of tuckpointing.  We could easily do 6-8 batches by 4 pm each day but that meant 3-4 hours of tuck pointing.  Hence it was frequently 8-9 pm before I finished the tuck pointing.   There were many other things I learned but these are some that come to mind.

Congratulations and well-done to Ted Amman! 

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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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 Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Cordwood Mermaid Cottage in Colorado

Did you know there is a cottage filled with mermaids in southern Colorado? KimAnna16 with logoKimAnna18 with logo Even though it is a thousand miles from the nearest ocean, this B n B has a bevy of seafaring sirens. It has gorgeous views, breathtaking skies, wonderful structures. The Mermaid Cottage is available via AirBnB at  https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/685335KimAnna9 with logoBuilt by KimAnna Cellura-Shields and her husband Michael, the Mermaid Cottage is a testament to the possibilities of building with log ends, glass and mortar.KimAnna14 with logoThe shower is an entire glass bottle wall. KimAnna17 with logoThe surrounding countryside is beyond compare. KimAnna13 with logo If perchance, you are interested in moving to Colorado and starting a business, the Peace of Art Cafe in Del Norte, Colorado is FOR SALE  The details are available at http://www.organicpeddler.com/peace-of-art-cafe.html  KimAnna11 with logoThe kitchen sign says “The Mermaid is in.”KimAnna10 with logoThe bedroom is vibrant with color.KimAnna15 with logoEven the bathroom will bathe you in light and beauty.

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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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 Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Here is a jpeg of the new Cordwood Construction DVD cover available at http://cordwoodconstruction.org/

 

Dragon’s Cordwood Keep

In the rolling bluffs and buttes of southwest Wisconsin and nigh onto the Mississippi River resides a cordwood dragon. Kinstone 49This dragon (the eye is green) is sleeping in a cordwood “dragon’s keep.”  Kinstone 27 Made of cordwood, bottles, metal and glass it keeps watch over the Driftless Zone and the other 15 dragons nestled under and near its wings.  As you know a “keep” is defined as an “inner most stronghold.” Kinstone 4The Dragon’s Keep came to fruition during cordwood workshops at Kinstone Permaculture Academy near Fountain City, Wisconsin.  High atop a ridge, overlooking the Mississippi River, this dragon is ready for anything.  Actually multiple baby dragons can be seen nesting in the walls. Kinstone 9There is also a double antler shed embedded in the walls, which is now used as a coat rack.  You will also notice that this wall has cobwood (cob mortar and cordwood log ends) on the bottom and cordwood on the top. Kinstone 2

Here you can see the dragon’s eye, head and fiery tongue (black).Kinstone 10The entrance way is protected by a cedar tree. Kinstone 37A green dragon awaits placement in the wall. kinstone 47The dragon’s wing is ready to take flight. Kinstone 48

There are five tiny dragons in this photo, can you find them all?Kinstone 50The “keep” building crew is positive and happy with their work!

Kinstone 3Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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 Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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New Cordwood Construction Video/DVD

Cordwood Construction Best Practices DVD is the newest addition to the expanding field of cordwood information   If you want to see a video of detailed, best practice methods of building, mixing, tuck pointing and insulating a cordwood wall, this DVD has it, from all the angles.  Recorded live at hands-on workshops! DVD label cover yellow

Can’t take a workshop?  Then this is the next best thing. The author, Richard Flatau, also explains Best Practices, plumbing, electrical, foundations and framing.

To order Cordwood Construction Best Practices DVD please visit the online bookstore at www.cordwoodconstruction.org    A bargain at $25 (US), this video will provide you with the knowledge you need to make a quality, best practices cordwood building.

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                              Take a look at some of the pictures in the video.

                                                Grade beams and framing

 

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Grade beam and framing with keywaysMany different electrical options, here’s one.Electrical outlet using routed round log with logo.jpgThe five mortar choices.     An example:  Cobwood with lime and sawdust in the center cavity for greater thermal resistance and a warmer home.  Cobwood workshop Kinstone

5 different mortars in one building!  Learn about all 5 and how to make them. 

 

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Plumbing  

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Foundations and framing options. Nick Kautzer 5 foundation framing video.jpg

Post and beam roundwood.

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Laying up a wall and tuck pointing options. Traditional Cordwood Wall builders

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Bottles in the wall and a bear paw!

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Best Examples of Cordwood Construction.Alan Adolphson Hope, Maine aspen cordwood home with logoBN new 2 with logoBryan_and_Lois_house_in Colorado for media 1500 x 1500 pixels Richard Flatau copyright with logoAnd so much more.

To order Cordwood Construction Best Practices DVD please visit the online bookstore at www.cordwoodconstruction.org    A bargain at $25, this video will provide you with the knowledge you need to make a quality, best practices build.

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Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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 Construction: Best Practices DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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Cordwood Countertop Turtle

Patti Brehler from near Roscommon, Michigan sent these gorgeous photos of the cordwood top she made on top of her husband’s corner cabinet.  You will notice a walnut turtle in the center. How creative and delightful! Thank you Patti for sharing your creation. I love these shares. Patti is editor at the “Voice of the Ausable.”

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Here are Patti’s directions on how to build one for yourself!  We bought your book several years ago after moving to northeastern Michigan from the Detroit area. I was interested in building a cordwood writing studio at the back of our 13 acres of hardwood forest, that butts up against a state recreation area. After figuring out how much work this meant, we kind of gave up the idea. But, I still had an itch to do some cordwood! My husband, Andy, is a nice woodworker. I’ve always wanted him to build me a corner cabinet in the kitchen as a “beverage” counter, with a lower drawer to house the dog dishes, and doors to put the dog food containers in. Well, he finally got around to it in 2015.

Patti Brehler 2 Roscommon MichiganFirst step, he build the wine rack at the top, then started on the bottom cabinet. He made a triangle template for me to make the cordwood design for the counter top. That was my job! I knew I wanted the center piece to be a slice of walnut from David Miller’s Sawmill in Mio, MI. The other pieces I pulled from our wood shed – ash, birch, maple and oak. Andy built a jig for his bandsaw so I could slice the wood pieces the same – 3/4″. I made my design on the template and the turtle just sort of came to life on it’s own. We did a few things to experiment. First, Andy glued a test piece on a board to see if just the glue would be enough to hold the wood slice on for sanding. That worked just fine. We decided on the dark grout and I went to work gluing the pieces to the counter top. Andy did an initial sanding and coated them with polyurethane to protect them from the grout. After grouting, he sanded again to clean them up and added another coat of polyurethane. We learned how to pour the epoxy on the lazy susan, so felt confident when we did the counter top. We did three pours on the countertop. The first pour was to seal and did not result in a flat surface. The second pour made it flat, but we made a mistake by adding “dams” at the edges. We weren’t sure about letting the epoxy run over the edges because we knew we wanted to add the decorative piece on the front edge. But, it was evident that we needed a third pour to let run over the edge for a more finished look. We’re very happy with the results! Here’s the photo of the lazy susan, which is a nice compliment to the cabinet.Patti Brehler 1 Roscommon Michigan

Here is the  15 1/2″ octogan Lazy Susan we built as a practice piece, so I could try out grout colors, and we could test the epoxy pour.

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Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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 Construction: Best Practices and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

Wee Cordwood Playhouse in North Carolina

What is tinier than a tiny house?   Well, a Wee Cordwood Playhouse that’s what.  We were privileged to work with the staff at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, North Carolina in their Children’s Gardens called Lost Hollow and Wicket Thicket.Cordwood Hut 1

At 64 sq. ft. of floor space this could be one of the tiniest wee houses ever:0)Cordwood Hut 3The purple tent protected the cordwood masons as they learned the fine art of cordwood construction.

Architect (Gary Smith) wanted a children’s play hut based on the gothic arch.  A donor metal fabricator provided the frame, the Garden Staff provided the materials and a wonderful group of nine hardworking “cordwooders” provided the labor. Cordwood Hut 4

The mushroom motif gives an earthy feel to the hut. Cordwood Hut 9A garland ring of leaves and branches (more will be added) will comprise the roof.

Cordwood Hut 23A tulip from red cedar over the entranceway. Cordwood Hut 21Inside a cozy hut, get your imagination ready!Cordwood Hut 22The cordwood masons inscribed a log end.

Cordwood Hut 13Here the Botanical Garden Staff celebrates the fine work of the cordwood crew.  This is the first time we have ever been fetted with flutes of champagne and sparkling cider.

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The class participants pay careful attention to a lesson on the wonderful ways of sawdust. Cordwood Hut 20The happy crew celebrating the completion of the Cordwood Hut with silly faces.

Cordwood Hut 16This is a botanical garden and has a large conservatory of tropical plants. It also boasts a “Moon Keep,”  castle ruins and an outdoor theater at Lost Hollow.   Cordwood Hut 18Here among the crape myrtle trees is a symbol of childhood freedom and wonder.Cordwood Hut 10

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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 Construction: Best Practices and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

Cordwood Restaurant for sale in Colorado

Looking to become economically self sufficient?  Want to run your own business?  Are you into organic and natural living? Here is an opportunity you will want to explore.Peace of Art Cafe 1g.jjpgThe courtyard (below and to the right) offers additional seating for parties, ceremonies and live music. Peace of Art Cafe in Del Norte, CO 2The cordwood Peace of Art Cafe, The Organic Peddler and a Hand Hewn Log Cabin Rental are for sale in Del Norte, Colorado at a very attractive, recently reduced price.   If you would like to learn more, please contact KimAnna.  She has developed these successful businesses for the natural, discerning entrepreneur.Peace of Art Cafe 1e low rezThe restaurant is both appealing and attractive Peace of Art Cafe 1c low rezBottle bricks, wooden timbers and all manner of beauty surround this cafe.

Below is the Mermaid Cottage which is a separate B & B that KimAnna has developed and runs through Air BnB.  This is NOT included in the original package, but it shows the creativity and attention to detail that is apparent in all her buildings. Mermaid cottage 1b low rezThe bottle walls KimAnna creates are stunning and spectacular Mermaid Cottage 1mEven the bathroom receives special attention.Mermaid Cottage 1l low rezFor information on how to rent the Mermaid Cottage visit http://mermaid-cottage.weebly.com/

The Peace of Art Cafe and the Organic Peddler attract customers on their visual appeal alone. KimAnna also lured them in with excellent food and a great staff. Organic Peddler Peace of art.jpg

There are four buildings available with this package.

  • Peace of Art Café
  • (2) Adobe buildings  used for business and rental.
  • Log Cabin (Active Hostel Rental)

For the all the details, all the included extras and  price visit www.organicpeddler.com

KimAnna Cellura-Shields
Organic Peddler / Peace of Art Cafe
www.organicpeddler.com

(719)873-7133

To view the real estate brochure https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1xNaOG-Oa2uMV9mUWdyaENwRzlkZkEtWWgyVVNOdk1iODhj/view?usp=sharing

 

 

 

Cordwood Workshops: The way to DIY

Cordwood workshops are the best way to learn the cordwood construction technique.   When you take one from Richard & Becky Flatau of Cordwood Construction Resources LLC, they emphasis the “Best Practices” approach to building.  The Flatau’s have honed a set of 14 best practice building techniques that will not only make your home, cottage or cabin beautiful, but they will ensure that it will be safe, comfortable and code compliant.  Here are some sample pictures from our hands-on workshops that gives the reader a taste of what goes on.  The 2016 cordwood workshop schedule. http://cordwoodconstruction.org/img/Cordwood_Workshop_Schedule_2016_final.pdf

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Hard workers are determined to finish the sauna…and they did!

bonners ferry 4The mountains give off their misty glow near Bonners Ferry, Idaho. .  Germask Workshop Tammy Trupp 1 with Banjo BobBanjo Bob sings Country Roads as we teach a private workshop in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Singing and stomping Cob for the Entrance Center. workshop kinstone june 2014 first row

A doula and a university professor have fun building a wall. They are married. Workshop Kinstone JUne 2014  framework of the saunaThe sauna post and beam framework with grade beam and keyways at Kinstone. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACordwood workshop at Love’s Organic Farm near Mars Hill, North Carolina.

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Planning their work, working their plan with smiles.

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Two teachers build a wall at the Cordwood Education Center in Merrill, Wisconsin.

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Spreading insulation, cleaning log ends and tuck pointing are all parts of learning the “technique.”

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Sawdust and lime insulation is added and packed in the center cavity.

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Learning to “screen” sawdust becomes a lesson in wind direction:0)

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Hands on mortaring of a cordwood wall in a “learn it by doing” style is the best way to “cement” the tricks of the trade.

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If I see it and do it, I remember.

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Classroom time is devoted to “Best Practices” lessons with cordwood that have been hard won during 37 years of cordwood living, building and sharing.

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The Kinstone Chapel mortaring crew poses for an end-of-the day photo.

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Bottle ends made from vases from the Thrift Store.

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Becky and Kirsten are proud of their river motif wall.

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Using “Cob Mortar” at a demo at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin.

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The six sided chapel walls are being completed at a natural building pace.

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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 Construction: Best Practices and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

Cordwood Construction with Tom Huber

Tom Huber is most assuredly a master cordwood builder.  His most recent cordwood project is his Cedar Eden cabin (and chicken coop) in the Adirondacks near Potsdam, New York.  He uses CEM or cellulose enhanced mortar to build his walls and has written extensively about the benefits of cellulose fiber.

Tom Huber cedar eden with logoThe picture below is from Tom’s first home in Watervliet, Michigan.  The stone work is gorgeous, the cordwood beautifully done and the wavy pine siding sets the whole building apart from any other.  Tom has written about his cordwood building techniques in the Cordwood Conference Papers 2005/2011/2015. (Available at the Online Cordwood Bookstore.)

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Tom’s practice building was a shed.  Here he perfected his stone foundation.

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The stones have insulation attached to the back and then a cordwood “face” on the inside.  The full wall, above the stones,  is 16″ cordwood.

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This stone has cordwood siding sitting on top.  Those are one inch slices of cedar attached with a  brad nailer.

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Back at Cedar Eden Tom has his bongo drum and Jotul stove ready for winter.  Tom sure has a nice touch with the stone and cordwood infill.  I think there is quite an artist in that young fellow.

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Tom’s dog is lucky he wasn’t put in the wall as a dog-end when he came over to check out the project.

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Tom’s CEM or Cellulose Enhanced Mortar is made from natural ingredients and provides a nice white mortar color.

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Tom sold his Michigan homestead in 2005 and moved away to become a professor at Paul Smiths College in New York.  He received his asking price when the home sold and the buyers said it was the cordwood that “sealed the deal.”

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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 Construction: Best Practices and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

Cordwood in Sweden with Olle

Olle Hagman, a retired professor from Gothenburg University in Sweden,  built this beautiful cordwood writer’s cabin in a faraway forest. He carries on a long tradition of cordwood building in his home country and has written extensively about Swedish Kubbhus (cordwood).

OlleHagman1 low resolution for FB pageOlle’s well-researched paper about the five phases of cordwood’s history from 1850 to the present day, appeared in the Cordwood Conference Papers 2011, entitled, “A Social History of Cordwood Houses in Sweden.”   Olle’s website is www.kubbhus.seOlle Hagman writer's cabin Sweden with logoHe also documents the resurgence of cordwood in his current article in the Cordwood Conference Papers 2015, “Wood Masonry in Sweden:  Historical Variation and Re-Introduction.”  Both sets of Papers are available in print and ebook format at the Cordwood Online Bookstore http://www.daycreek.com/dc/html/paypal_flatau.htmOlle Hagman's cordwood cabin in Sweden kubbhouseOlle has written a book about his research and the current state of Kubbhus.Ollle Hagman book cover 1Ollle Hagman book cover 2Olle is leading cordwood workshops in Sweden and documenting newly constructed cordwood buildings in his homeland.Olle Hagman  Writers cottage4

Olle attended the Cordwood Conferences in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2011) where he was part of a group of intrepid cordwood builders we lovingly named “The Fab Five.”  He presented his paper at that conference and was also a main speaker at the Cordwood Conference in 2015 at Earthwood Building School.

CCC15aaaOlle and friends: the self-proclaimed “no hairs.”  Olle is on the right showing off his log end heart T-shirt.  Tom Huber. cordwood builder of renown is in the middle and Jim Smart is on the left (sporting his Cordwood Conference 2005 T-shirt).

CCC11 U of Manitoba Cordwood Kiosk workshopa.jpgHere is the crew from the Cordwood Conference in 2011.  Olle is on the far right.  This is the cordwood entrance kiosk for the Alternative Village run by the engineering department. Dr. Kris Dick, PEng, is in the middle with the burgundy shirt & beard.

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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 Construction: Best Practices and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org