Charles Yeager taught two cordwood workshops near Ishpeming, Michigan in 2021.  Here are the magnificent results.  The sauna was built using traditional Finnish motifs. 

The handmade door gives a personal touch to the building. 

The cooling porch is delightfully strong and artistic.  Very nice cordwood log and bottle placement. Check out the log over the door! 

The “live edge” changing bench is a knotty one. 

Bottle bricks make the interior “pop” when the sun is shining.  

The foundation was built into a hillside and provided a step down/step up motif. 


Important to make room for towels, firewood and clothes. 

Below is the link to the framing and construction of the sauna.

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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,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”