Beautiful cordwood sauna at Root Bottom Farm in Samak, Utah. 

Gorgeous cordwood sauna in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

(Below) Cordwood (actually cobwood) in SW Arizona.  The cob (clay, sand, straw) is used for the mortar.  The logs used for the framing and the cordwood are Cottonwood.

A Horse Tack Shed by Joe Silins in Arizona using mesquite and pine within a post framework.

These four buildings show what can be done with cordwood.  Using big pine was the theme of the Colorado and Utah builds.  Using mesquite and pine on the tack house in Arizona.  

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.

If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at  

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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 2019,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices 2020 (print), Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 and Cordwood House Plans 2021 ($15) with 16 different floor plans, are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”


To learn how to build your own Mortgage-Free cordwood home visit