Brian Bronaugh built this most beautiful cordwood tool shed near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brian said, “I’ve enjoyed the process immensely and have embraced the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi – which is finding beauty in imperfections. It has a beautiful artistry and function that is unique and eye pleasing. My inspiration was the David Stiles book Sheds – The Do-it-Yourself Guide for Backyard Builders.”The pictures are pretty much self explanatory and you can see the use of recycled windows, doors, wood and metal everywhere.
Since the cordwood infill is only 6 inches it is important to break the project into smaller wall sections. Keyways and screws help to hold the mortar tight to the side of the posts.
A testament to hard work and ingenuity, the building is framed and roofed before the cordwood infill was applied. Very smart!
The sliding door adds a nice touch. Note how it slides on a track “out” from the building.Having a framework makes the cordwood infill “flow.” A porch gives access to the exterior.
The star motif is subtle and effective.
The interior is very attractive and will be filled with working antique tools. A snowy winters day near Pittsburgh.
The floor was in place before the framework was erected.
Beautiful workspace for a craftsman.
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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. www.cordwoodconstruction.org
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