Cordwood construction is known as a building style for homes, cottages, cabins, saunas and outbuildings.  It can also be used as an “accent wall” or to highlight a portion of a room.  When this choice is made the wall is usually called Cordwood Siding.   The first set of photos shows the upper portion of a wall in a lodge with bunk beds.

It is easy to add flowers, rabbits, turtles, owls to the section.  The slices of cordwood are glued and screwed (from behind) to the piece of painted plywood.

The photo below is from Bob Gormley of Minnesota.  His wife is a spinner and weaver and he wanted to give her some kudos for her craft.

The picture above is Tom Huber’s cordwood siding porch in Michigan.

The picture above is the cafeteria at the Merrill School Forest Lodge in Wisconsin.  Home of the famous Cordwood Education Center.  To learn the DIY method of applying Cordwood Siding visit

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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 Workshop DVD (2018),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print 2017) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their Cordwood Bookstore.  The books & DVD are also available as ebooks for a quick and easy shipping free download.