GOLDFINCH is the name of this lovely cordwood BnB near Chattanooga, Tennessee.   Bobbie Such and her dedicated crew have created cordwood cabins that are unique, interesting, and fun. 

From the Talking Water website.  “The “Songbird Neighborhood” is our first social cluster of cabins at the newly-created Talking Water Nature Retreat. Talking Water is a family-run business located on an 82-acre strip of land, a mile of which runs along Suck Creek.

“Our family has worked tirelessly for the past year to repair the damage done to the land and make it better than it ever was. Part of this plan includes recreating hiking trails across the property. Our primary intent is to host large groups (up to 25 guests) for family reunions, friend trips, business retreats, religious/club gatherings, etc. We have created this space for people to come together while also maintaining their privacy.”

The ceilings and beams have been scorched using the Shou Sugi Ban technique. 

For those planning on building a cordwood cabin or cottage, this would be an ideal way to check it out.  Stay a few days or a few weeks.

You can view the 82-acre property, have a look-see at the offerings. Book your BnB reservations at the following link.

So many beautiful artistic touches!  

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin, or home, please visit   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.

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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 Construction: Best Practices DVD (2018),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices 2020 (print), and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online Cordwood bookstore.

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