Double Wall Cordwood

Double Wall Cordwood

In the mid-70’s Cliff Shockey of Vanscoy, Saskatchewan, Canada decided to build an energy efficient home of recycled cordwood, but since he lived where the temps would go down to -50, he decided to build “double wall.” He built a post and beam...
Best Wood for Cordwood?

Best Wood for Cordwood?

One of the Frequently Asked Cordwood Questions (FACQ) is: “What type of wood can I use?”  At one time, the answer was, “Anything you got.”  But over time folks realized that there were good, better and best options for wood selection.  To...
Cordwood Cabin/Rock Wall, Birch Bark & Cordwood Tables

Cordwood Cabin/Rock Wall, Birch Bark & Cordwood Tables

Monte Loomis built a gorgeous cordwood floor in his octagonal cordwood cabin.  He proceeded to add a rock wall (fire resistance for his wood stove), cabinet doors made of birch bark and cordwood tables. In the top right-hand corner, you can see birch bark used as snow...
Cordwood classroom houses Cloud Forest Conservation in Guatemala

Cordwood classroom houses Cloud Forest Conservation in Guatemala

Tara & Rob Cahill have been working in the rain forests near Coban, Guatemala for decades.  They have built a beautiful infrastructure that includes a cordwood school for middle and high school students.  Here is a brief walkthrough video by the architect Charles...
Cordwood Flooring “Kicking it up a notch”

Cordwood Flooring “Kicking it up a notch”

Monte Loomis sent pictures and a video of his new method of laying cordwood flooring.  Needless to say, I was blown away by the beauty of his self-described “Jig-Saw Puzzle method.” “For my end grain floor, I used 3/4 inch-thick white cedar. Each...