Cordwood Construction: Best Practices
A new visually stunning book about
A log home building method using renewable resources and time honored
by Richard Flatau with
259 color photos, 196 pages, diagrams and formulas has recently been published. The book will take the
novice or experienced builder from house plans to cordwood home
Online book store Price: $25.00
"This book is inspirational and a perfect how-to. I've got my cordwood
pile growing right now. I'll start building with confidence in the
"Cordwood Construction is the best cordwood construction guide I have
seen. Covers all the practical considerations and offers tips on
passing conventional building code. Great book!"
"There was a lot of good information in this book. We will start our
first cordwood project this summer, moving up to a 20 X30 structure
with a root cellar this fall." -Tom
Kinstone Cordwood Chapel LaCrosse,
This is a gorgeous chakra bottle end wall in the Upper Peninsula
by Tom and Marcy Melvig.
A bed and breakfast in Bracebridge, Ontario.
Netonia Yalta, the Queen of Cordwood in Hadia Gwaii, British Columbia,
Heavy timber framing with round logs and cordwood/cobwood infill on a
gorgeous sauna in Poland. This is the magnificent work of art
and craftsmanship is from Mateusz Szwagierczak. Please take the
time to visit their site, check out their Facebook page (Organica) and
if you are able, go and see their many works of accomplishment.
Scott Degrafs bottle end and cordwood wall.
The technique involves
laying two beads of mortar, followed by filing the insulation cavity in the middle (here it
is filled with sawdust mixed with lime). Then the cordwood is
set in the mortar beads. This provides an insulation R-value of
1.5 per inch of wall. A 16" cordwood wall has an R-value of 24.
Intriguing and eye
appealing buildings have been built all across the world using
cordwood and cobwood. The picture above shows the Peace of Art
Cafe in Del Norte, Colorado. This photo is courtesy of Kim-Anna who
built and owns the Peace of Art Cafe, The Organic Peddle and the
beautiful Mermaid Cottage.
The Cordwood Education Classroom in Merrill, Wisconsin, was built by
volunteer labor and local donated materials. It is a best
practices example of alternative (natural) building using renewable
resources. It also has a bank of three solar panels
powered by a 75 watt PV panel. Go to the ARTICLES menu above and
click on Cordwood Education Center.
The bear paw by Bill Paulson at the White Earth Cordwood Home in
Cordwood worm farm shed made of recycled materials.
Cordwood Cabin in California.
A cordwood lodge in Northern Wisconsin.
A hobbit door by Jessi & Dan Peterson of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
KimAnna in Del Norte, Colorado and her beautiful Mermaid Cottage.
View pictures of 20 cordwood homes, cottages and cabins by visiting this link from daycreek.com