There are some very amazing signs and billboards being created as artwork and not for residences.  Billboards, fences, signs, and gates are being built with a cordwood motif.  Here are a few examples. A sunburst dry-stack cordwood porch fence for kindling wood. The rule is “As you use it, so shall ye replace it.”

Rebecca, Nathan and their teenage children upcycled a redwood for fencing and came out feeling really good that the redwood was put to good use. 

The clear glass circle certainly rounds out the project. 

The redwood is dry-stacked with bolted fence posts to create stability. 

A diagram from Rebecca and Nathan gives an idea of how to keep the precious wood safe from the elements. 

The School of Art has a special cordwood array in its courtyard.  Very entertaining. 

Cordwood sign at the Cooperative Educational Agency in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

 Wood stacking can take on an artistic motif in the right pair of hands. 
A Gateway to a country estate with a cordwood gate and a cordwood slice floor. 
A Brewery in Asheville, NC shows off its cordwood slices in style. 
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Cordwood garden gate for your daily wood “fix” on the way to harvest tomatoes and lettuce.

(Below) A cordwood fence with no mortar.  This needs to be built solidly so the wall doesn’t heave.

This “hogs-head” might be a bit scary if you entered the forest a night!

When building your firewood pile, take a bit of time to get artsy with it :0)Cliff Shockey of Vanscoy, Saskatchewan used cordwood pillars to create an entrance to his Saskatoon Berry Farm.

Using wire mesh to hold the cordwood slices.

Cordwood fence with steel wagon wheels.

A cordwood chicken coop with flower box, without mortar, in Italy. Merrill sign 2Four Welcome to Merrill cordwood signs grace the entryways to our fair city.Andy Goretski Cordwood sign 2012 This one has a digital sign that changes every couple of minutes to let folks know the happenings at the local Rec Center.

Here is a good example of how to frame and finish the sign before hanging the placard.  These are 6″ x 8’s, pressure treated posts with 8″ cordwood infill.  There are keyways running up the inside sides of the posts to hold the cordwood firmly in place.

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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 thousands of 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.

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