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One of thee most beautiful cordwood homes I have ever had the pleasure of seeing is the lovely home of Bruce Kilgore and Nancy Dow in the Adirondacks near Saranac Lake, New York. This home is energy-efficient to the max and uses only 2 full cords of firewood to heat this two story, earth-bermed, double wall, living roof cordwood beauty. This is 9000 heating degree days country, which means it is plenty cold!The living roof helps to keep heat in and provides a year long bucolic display. Colorful bottle ends light up the interior of the guest cottage which served as living quarters and a practice building.Nancy smiles happily while she finishes up working on her new porch at the entrance to Ravenwood.The new bottle end entrance work is spectacular! The porch is almost finished for the upcoming winter. The owl has found a new home and it seems to be eyeing the light switch.There are lots of ravens in the various motifs at Bruce & Nancy’s. The massive timber frame plays well with the Northern White Cedar cordwood. Nancy is one of the few wood masons I k now who can mortar in shorts and sandals and not get full of lime. This is a double wall home and here in the interior )second) wall. The open cell foam insulation has been installed. Nancy’s cordwood walls are like no other. Nancy’s mortaring and Bruce’s mixing are a match made in heaven. Precise lime putty mortar with an artists penchant for design and flow. Simply gorgeous. Here is their incredibly efficient masonry heater. It uses 2 cords of wood to heat this most energy efficient, double wall cordwood beauty. Beautiful, massive beams with hand made metal framing. The framing is 12 x 12″ and some of the ceiling framing is 16″ x 12″. Bruce made all the metal brackets by hand. What a metal artist. Bruce and Nancy in their kitchen. What delightful host/hostess they were. Bruce shows off his custom made, counter-weighted, cordwood cut-off saw, while Tom Huber looks on in amazement. His saw cuts straight and true.
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PS There will be a Part 2 blog post in the future about the beautiful, hidden post Guest House that Bruce and Nancy built first.
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Maitreya Mountain Village is a permaculture community advocating sustainable living. It is located in the mountains of California. The community has built many different structures using natural building principles. Here is an example of cordwood siding using a dark background and Western Red Cedar for the cordwood slices. The “statement of purpose” from their Facebook page reads: “A remote wilderness permaculture farm, off-grid homestead, dynamic intentional community, and ever-evolving experiment in alternative living near Gasquet, CA.” www.facebook.com/MaitreyaMountainVillage Below is their beautiful multi-faceted tile community center. As you can see, the mountain views are spectacular.
The treehouse is a masterwork of design and a window on a birds-eye-view of the surrounding countryside. The floor of the community meeting house is both functional and beautiful. A wood stove takes care of the early morning chill. To find out more or to plan a visit their website: http://www.maitreyamountainvillage.com/All I can say is WOW!
Statement of Spirituality from Maitreya Mountain Village:
- We value kindness as our religion and compassion as our doctrine, before all others
- We trust that a life of service is divine
- We affirm that sharing ourselves, our knowledge, and our material possessions creates unity and abundance
- We regard health as sacred, in all mental, social and physical forms
- We revere all life as holy
- We accept that freedom and love as the highest expressions of morality
- We adhere to a life of simplicity, inner-growth, and contentednes
- We reject violence and embrace understanding
To learn more about Cordwood Construction for your own retreat visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org
Or click on the book cover to see more pictures of cordwood (the home on the cover looks out at Pike’s Peak in Colorado).
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There are some very amazing signs and billboards being created as art work and not for residences. Billboards, fences, signs and gates are being built with a cordwood motif. Here are a few examples. Cordwood garden gate for your daily wood “fix” on the way to harvest tomatoes and lettuce.Four of these Welcome to Merrill signs grace the entryways to our fair city.This one has a digital sign that changes every couple of minutes to let folks know the happenings at the local rec center.And finally this is a good example of how to frame and finish the sign before hanging the placard. These are 6″ x 8’s, pressure treated posts with 8″ cordwood infill. There are keyways running up the inside sides of the posts to hold the cordwood firmly in place.
Click on the book cover or visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org to see more pictures, read brief articles and look at books and plans. Email email@example.com with questions.
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Mario Vargas sent me some wonderful photos of a cordwood bath house he is building near Tlaxcala, Mexico. He is using white and red cedar to complete his cordwood walls. Three masons are working on the walls tuck pointing. Since it is a bath house the windows are higher up in the walls for privacy and ventilation. You may enjoy the gorgeous mountains in the background of the frame of the building. Note that the frame is “up” and the roof is “on” before the cordwood infill. That is known as using Best Practices. The south side of the interior has the occasional bottle end. Note that the bottom two courses are block, since this will be a very wet area with all the changing and showering.
Having a pooch on site is always a pleasure for dog lovers. This one looks sweet and watchful. The building nears completion. The right side is for the gentlemen and the left for the ladies. Thank you Mario for sharing your fine cordwood work.
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As my Swedish (Minnesotan) friends would say “Ya sure you betcha!” Many folks have wondered how to hang kitchen cabinets and design their kitchen around cordwood walls. It is actually very easy because cabinets can be hung on any level and plumb wall. Here are some examples of “Cordwood in the Kitchen”. to get your creative juices flowing.(Above) A beautiful cordwood wall lends dignity and class to a well-built kitchen. The cabinets are easy to hang (you don’t have to find a stud, just a log end).A Kitchen Island works well in so many ways. Folks can sit around for an informal meal or it can be a staging area for a sit-down feast.An open kitchen concept where guests are welcome to sit and share.
Simple and elegant is the order of the day when space is limited.
A blue-jean denim concrete coutertop is the perfect accent to this cordwood kitchen.
Fall leaves, at the peak of their color, are epoxied into the countertop.
So let your imagination be your guide and don’t be afraid of trying something new .
To learn how to build a cottage, cabin, or shed with best practices using Cordwood Construction, have a look at the latest book on the subject.
Click on the book cover or visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org and go to the Online Bookstore. Many of the books and plans are offered as ebooks.
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The 2015 Cordwood Conference was held near Plattsburg, New York on July 11-12, 2015. It was hosted by Rob and Jaki Roy of Earthwood Building School. 35 wonderful souls attended and had an outstanding time learning, sharing and networking. A set of papers was developed over the of winter of 2015. Richard Flatau and Rob Roy edited the papers, collated them and sent them to the printer.
Written by 19 different authors. there are 136 pages and 242 inspirational, color photos. Examples of articles are: “Cordwood in the round, the Rendezvous Cabin, Ravenwood, Kinstone Chapel, Adirondack Cabin, Cordwood in Sweden, Korean Soil Houses, Special Design Features at Driftwood, Cordwood Flooring, Cordwood Classroooms in Guatemala” and so many more. This is a significant addition to the ever expanding cordwood library. You can have your very own copy in print or ebook format…visit http://www.daycreek.com/dc/html/paypal_flatau.htm to find out more. Here are some pictures from the Conference.
Above: Jaki & Rob Roy, Becky & Richard Flatau.Angelika, Nancy, Jaki & Becky striking a beautiful pose.Angelika, Clare and Lulu at Stoneview. The Cordwood Conference attendees pose in front of Rapatooee Louie. A beautiful corwdood wall in progress at the home of Chris and Cat Ryan. A cordwood workshop was held there after the Conference. Conference attendees having fun at the Saturday social at Earthwood.
Bruce Kilgore and Nancy Dow were gracious host/hostess in offering their incredibly gorgeous Ravenwood cordwood home for tour. More on the Kilgore’s homestead in another post.Should you be interested in books about cordwood, click on the picture of Cordwood Construction Best Practices and then click on it again when you are at my website to be taken to the Online Cordwood Bookstore.
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One of the all-time-best cordwood construction practice projects is building the cordwood outhouse. Not only do you get to hone your cordwood mortaring skills, but you get a functional addition to your homestead.This outhouse (above) was the first cordwood building constructed before the owners cordwood cabin. This delightful structure is located in Wisconsin. Marcus Grossman built this yurt style cordwood outhouse in New Jersey before moving to Central America. He used a cob mortar and topped it off with a living roof.
Julie decided that she was going to make her outhouse look like cordwood, so she took here paintbrush and her artistic talent. This is what she created. Nice work Julie.
Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild when you build with cordwood. It lends itself to unique and one of a kind features.
This is not an outhouse, but a cordwood bathroom inside of Julie’s lovely cordwood home. While this is not technically an outhouse, it could have been easily modified to serve as one. It currently functions as a beautiful shed in southern Michigan. Should you be interested in learning more about Cordwood Construction, please click on the photo of my book (above) or visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org
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