Matt & Sara of Stomping Moose Farm near Bonners Ferry, Idaho had planned for months to host a cordwood workshop.  They had everything prepped and ready when we arrived in August and along came 15 interested, excited people to learn how to build using cordwood.

Bonners Ferry workshop Val and SteveA wonderful camaraderie developed and most folks were reluctant to leave.

Here are some photos of this wonderful workshop in the Selkirk Mountains.

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Three days of instruction and hands on mortaring sessions produced a significant amount of completed wall (approximately 140 sq. ft.).

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The weather was perfect and folks were helpful and kind to one another. bonners ferry 2


We learned the cordwood construction secret handshake (a fistful of wet mortar) notice we all are holding a mortar snowball:0)

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Focus, cooperation, and log placement skills are essential to a good looking cordwood wall.

Tuckpointing is a learned art form that helps to reveal the magic in the wall.


Don brought a moisture meter and we learned how to use it to determine if the wood was dry enough to use.  [It was!]



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