Tag Archives: solar energy

Cordwood Warming Shelter

We built a cordwood warming hut at the Merrill School Forest that gradually morphed into a public school classroom along the way. The goal was to create a natural building using materials from the surrounding woods for students to warm up in on their winter hikes.
The result is a state code-approved, public school classroom that boldly demonstrates “best practice building” using sustainable methods.  Many of  these techniques can be used with other alternative building methods like strawbale, cob, earthen plaster, adobe and cobwood. Cordwood Education Center Richard Flatau highresjpeg with logo

The building started with architectural drawings and blueprints. These were sent to the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin to be assessed for code compliance  We were pleased when they were approved. [Note:  In the future this tiny cabin may become a care-takers cottage and so “knock outs” were made during construction to provide for plumbing for a kitchen and a bathroom.]

The wood for the entire building (posts, cordwood, window boxes, paneling, trim) was cut within 1000 feet of the building site.  We used tamarack (larch), pine, spruce and balsam. Crews of community volunteers from ages 4 to 80 turned out to help. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A Wood Mizer cut all the posts, beams and one inch lumber. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For planning, we started with an architectural drawing.

foundation-rubble-trench-with-fpsf

A rubble trench is much messier in reality.  This poor soil is called “goose nuggets.” sfwh5

A 4″ perforated drain tile surrounds the foundation and carries the water away. sfwh12

In order to satisfy code requirements, we topped it with a Frost Protected Shallow Foundation (FPSF).  Five million of these foundations have been built in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland and they are now approved in the USA and Canada.  They work very well in cold climates, keeping the heat in the building and most are outfitted with radiant-in-floor heating systems.  This type of foundation saves money by reducing materials and excavation costs.

img_0098

The building was framed using heavy timbers of pine and tamarack (larch).  The roof truss was built with a 14″ Energy Heel so that  starched cellulose could be packed to the outside edge of the top plate, giving the roof an R-value of 53.

cordwood-education-center-framing

The high school construction classes and middle school students came to work and learn.  They wanted to live and work here all semester.

img_0174

Everybody pitched in.  We had 90 volunteers and 180 folks who came to “have a look/see.”  So, doing the math,  for every one who worked, two supervised :0)

073108bcordwood-education-center-post-beam-new-2-with-logo

The split faced blocks are needed in this area because of the high snow depth (70″ per year) to protect the cordwood.  The double posts allow for a 16″ wall, which not only provides an excellent thermal mass, but also an R-value of 24.

cordwood_wall300dpi

The sawdust mixed with lime provides a thermal break.

cordwood-wall-builders

As the walls began to rise, the community came together to help.

101008g

Building the Big Dipper wall with seventeen volunteers.

Below, ready for the windows and doors as Autumn approaches.

cordwood-shelter-october08

The cup end of the dipper points to the North Star.  “Follow the drinking gourd” was what Harriet Tubman sang to her escaping comrades.

cec-interior-2015-low-rez-with-logo

The dedication was planned and celebrations took place.  The Cordwood Education Center is now used every day by the students of the Merrill Area Public Schools. It is also used as a Warming Shelter by weekend skiers and hikers.

dedication-songs

The students celebrate!

Watch a brief video about beavers at the Cordwood Education Center .  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xh6uW663R88

Even the media found this little classroom in the woods appealing.

The local and national media payed close attention to the project.  Many other cabins, homes and cottages have been built using the Cordwood Education template.

Cordwood has a tremendous amount of “thermal mass” which means it has the capability of taking and holding and then releasing the warmth or coolness that has been introduced by passive or active means.   In other words your warm building will stay warm and if you cool it, it will stay cool:0)

Ready to welcome the students!cordwood-education-center-with-summer-small-pixels-for-new-pioneer-sample

We host an annual Solar Tour of Homes and Businesses. solar-tour-cordwood-education-center-2015-with-logo

Best Practices used in this building.

  • Rubble Trench
  • FPSF  (Frost Protected Shallow Foundation)
  • Natural materials built up (off grade)
  • 16″ cordwood walls (R-24)
  • Post & Beam Framework
  • Energy Heel Truss
  • Large Overhangs (2′ and 6′)
  • Gutters to prevent splashback
  • Metal Roof (to shed extreme snow load)
  • Energy Efficient Windows and doors
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Natural materials sustainably and locally harvested (posts/sawdust/cordwood/lumber)
  • Random patterning of well dried softwood
  • 200 recycled bottles/stones/momentos placed in the walls from the volunteers

Let’s be clear. Not everyone has to use all these best practices.  They are simply listed for the owner/builders consideration.  The choices you make will be based upon your time, talents and treasure.

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  

Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixels

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

DVD label cover yellow

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

Cordwood (you see) can be Mortgage Free!

mortgage-free-landscape-photoNew Pioneer Magazine published a four page article on DIY Cordwood Cottages.  The editor allowed me to place the article in various social media sites to encourage the idea of natural building.   The article details the building of cordwood cottages, cabins, classrooms and homes.

new-pioneer-page-1The second page talks about how we built our mortgage free cordwood home.new-pioneer-page-2

The next page details the advantages of being mortgage free.  new-pioneer-page-3

The last page shows a cordwood sauna and a cordwood garden shed built after attending one of our two-day cordwood workshops.  new-pioneer-page-34jpg

This article is reproduced with permission from New Pioneer magazine (www.newpioneermag.com).  If you wish to find out more about Cordwood Construction visit www.corwdoodconstruction.org and read a few of the many instructional articles about many unique and interesting cordwood buildings.

The article is available online in a larger print format at:   http://www.cordwoodconstruction.org/img/Newpioneerarticlewinter2014 or you can press Ctrl and + to increase the size of the text.

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  

Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixels

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

DVD label cover yellow

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

Cordwood & Timber Frame

Can you combine Cordwood with Timber Framing?   Ya sure you betcha!  Here are photos of the infilling of a traditional timber frame home with 16″ cedar cordwood and lime putty mortar with a 10″ sawdust insulation cavity (R-value of 24). .  This style of timber framing  is called Hall & Parlor and was one of the first timber frame styles used in America.

Hylla House for BlogThe posts and beams are mostly Tamarack with some pine for bents.  Tamarack develops small cracks and not big checks like other species.

The cordwood infill is Northern White Cedar, the gold standard for cordwood construction. Cordwood Workshop 2010 050Vinnie is loving his cordwood work.  He looks like he came off the set of Hew Haw!Hylla House Anne 1 with logo

Anne takes a break after a hard days work.

Cordwood Workshop 2010 061

A close up of the tamarack post and the stackwall corner with glaciated stones set in the foundation wall.

Cordwood Workshop 2010 057

The corner posts are wrapped with a stackwall corner “look.”

Cordwood Workshop 2010 067

The second storey is framed and the windows installed. The Great wall of LimePuttyMortar

Lime putty mortar is simply rehydrated Type S lime and sand.  It has a much whiter color than other mortars.

Cordwood Workshop 2010 052Cordwood can be stacked and mortared until the weather goes below freezing.

 

Timber framing mallet in hand Nick lets out a whoop, Anne smiles and Oliver strikes a Greco Roman wrestling pose.Hylla House 2 with logoRandom patterning looks the best with many different sizes of logs.

hylla house 4

The home is banked into a hill and the solar installation provides heat for the floor, the hot water and electricity. hylla house 5

The walls were completed at workshops and work parties.  The PV panels on the roof provide most of the families needs.  This installation also has grid intertie.

hylla house 8

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  

Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixels

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

DVD label cover yellow

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

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.

Menu Items as listed in the DVD.

DVD Menu 1A

DVD menu 2A

 

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

                                                Grade beams and framing

 

Grade beam and framing

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. 

 

5 different mortar shed Jim Piontkowski 5 different mortarsCellulose mortar is whiter.  

Tom Huber cedar eden with logoInterior work of excellence.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Plumbing  

Alan plumbing wallJulie Dale  in the bathroom with logo

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

Post and beam roundwood.

Kubbusbsta 10 Pelle Henriksson FB page Kubbhusbasta.jpgCordwood in the roundTony Wrench cobwood Denmark Farm UK

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

How to create Special effectsThe moon and stars wall low rezWorkshop 1

Bottles in the wall and a bear paw!

Bear_Paw White Earth 1.jpg

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.

DVD label cover yellow

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

DVDandPrint

Here is a picture of the print version and the DVD label in one composite.

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

Kinstone 3

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.

Cobwood workshop 13

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.

Kinstone happy mortarers

Planning their work, working their plan with smiles.

What is the R-value of a cordwood wall (under construction)

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

workshop 37a

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

workshop 8

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

workshop 16jpg

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

workshop 13

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.

workshop 14

If I see it and do it, I remember.

workshop 12

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

Kinstone August 19. 2012 Mortaring crew3 small pixels

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

Kinstone 19 August 19 small pixels

Bottle ends made from vases from the Thrift Store.

Kinstone workshop 22

Becky and Kirsten are proud of their river motif wall.

MREA 11 year old cordwood cobber the next generation 2012

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

Kinstone 18 August 8c

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 classroom houses Cloud Forest Conservation in Guatemala

Tara & Rob Cahill have been working in the rain forests near Coban, Guatemala for 14 years.  They have built a beautiful infrastructure that includes a cordwood school for middle and high school students.  Here is a brief walk through video by the architect Charles Olfert.  It is quite impressive.   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL17CB46FDCA1730B5
CCFC 1AAA high resolution building and students with logoThe Small Quetzal is 75 foot long and 40 foot tall on the big end.  It houses 50+ student for classes, but it also is used for cooking jams, jellies, salsas and local products for distribution on the international market. CCFC 1A with logoShould you wish to consider to contribute a scholarship for a young lady to attend this life changing school  http://www.cloudforestconservation.org/interact/Build_and_Beyond_matching_fund_campaign.phpIMG_9804Education is the number one goal at the Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC) School.CCFC 26 curved wall quetzalBuilding the Cloud Forest Conservation School with cordwood construction.

IMG_7717Cleaning log ends and sharing stories for the next days wall building.CCFC Pineapple pie classTo find out how to help empower these young girls  http://www.cloudforestconservation.org/interact/scholarships.php

CCFC Conservation, Agroecology, Sustainable Living Learning Center Tara Jean Cahill 8

CCFC 1YClasses are held in the 40 foot tall open porch.
CCFC cleaning the cordwood before mortaring 1 with logoCleaning the log ends. Framework non-native Eucalyptus trees with logoThe framing timbers were all non-native Eucalyptus.  20 trees were planted for each tree felled.  The cordwood infill is mostly local pine. CCC15oo

Rob & Tara Cahill and Richard Flatau meet for the first time at the Cordwood Conference at Earthwood in upstate New York on July 12, 2015.

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 at Sage Mountain Center in Montana

Christopher Borton founder of the Sage Mountain Center in Whitehall. Montana has built a beautiful Cordwood Education Center.  His vision is to promote sustainable and holistic well being through education and demonstration.   Classes, tours, seminars and workshops are offered in solar, thermal and wind power, strawbale and cordwood construction, physical health and inner growth through meditation and yoga. sage mountain center 3The central meeting, dining room is peaceful, beautiful and serene.sage mountain center 4The cordwood entrance is organic and attractive. sage mountain center 5The guest rooms are neat, clean and offer breathtaking views.   Accommodations are now offered through Airbnb at  https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3415627?s=UEVTsage mountain center 1The entire facility brings a feeling of well being to visitors.

Chris Borton and Linda Welsh are co-founders of Sage Mountain Center.

Their explanation of the purpose of the SMC  is as follows: “As a demonstration and education facility, SMC is leading the way toward an integrated approach to life. Through our collection of Consultation Services, Workshops, Seminars, and Tours, we provide the knowledge and experience needed to bring important ideas into reality.”

To find out more visit.     www.sagemountaincenter.org

www.facebook.com/Sage-Mountain-Center

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 eNewsletter 2014 & Workshop Schedule

Here is our Cordwood Workshop Schedule for 2014 and our very informative Cordwood eNewsletter 2014 (the eNewsletter is six full pages of pictures and information).  We will be teaching four workshops at Kinstone Permaculture Academy and one more on Labor Day Weekend near Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho at Stomping Moose Farm.  All the information is available when you click on the links.  These images are simply “snapshots” of the brochures, if you are interested, click on the link below the picture.  The hyperlinks are (which take you to more cordwood eye candy, are active once you click on the link.

Cordwood Newsletter and Cordwood Workshops 2014

http://cordwoodconstruction.org/img/springnewsletter2014.pdf

Workshops for 2014

http://cordwoodconstruction.org/img/WorkshopsfromMSPublsher2014.pdf

If you would like to be placed on the Cordwood eNewsletter List or would like additional information, please contact me (Richard Flatau) at Flato@aol.com, or richardflatau@gmail.com or call 715-212-2870.

Or complete the following form and asked to be placed on the eNewsletter list (comes out 2 or 3 times a year).  Otherwise “stay tuned” to this blog for current updates on cordwood news.

Cordwood by Nick Kautzer, Tuolumne, California

What good fortune to find an excellent timber framer who infills with cordwood.  Nick Kautzer is that framer/builder and is located in Tuolumne, CA.

Nick Kautzer is a fine craftsman and cordwood mason.  He has a wonderful "eye" for detail and his buildings flow into their surroundings.

Nick Kautzer is a fine craftsman and cordwood mason. He has a wonderful “eye” for detail and his buildings flow into their surroundings.

Nick’s website lists the following:  “We specialize in timber framing, custom furniture, and stone masonry to cultivate timeless, naturally beautiful craftsmanship.  We  are dedicated to utilizing sustainable and locally sourced materials to create long-lasting quality products.”      http://www.kautzercraftsmanship.com/

Interior corner with framing, bottle ends and red cedar.

Interior corner with framing, bottle ends and red cedar.

This is also from Nick’s website.  “Hello, I am Nick Kautzer, designer and builder of timber framing, stone masonry, furniture, rock walls, patios and doors. I also create cordwood structures such as Cupolas, green houses and additions to existing structures. Custom designs for furniture to homes are always welcome. Talk to me about your ideas or share some pictures with me to explore the possibilities. My passion for building with natural materials stems back to my father who is a master of fine cabinetry.”

As you can see Nick is an artist with his framing, window placement and cordwood.

As you can see Nick is an artist with his framing, window placement and cordwood.

Cordwood when done properly, is such a visual feast.

Cordwood when done properly, is such a visual feast.

The door sends a warm and inviting message.

The door sends a warm and inviting message.

If this appeals to you and you want to use Nick’s services, please contact him at: Email: kautzercraftsmanship@yahoo.com Nick says, “If you have a project in mind that is not listed above you are welcome to contact me.  I am happy to collaborate on unique projects.”

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood chicken coop, 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 pixels

If 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