Tara & Rob Cahill have been working in the rain forests near Coban, Guatemala for decades. They have built a beautiful infrastructure that includes a cordwood school for middle and high school students. Here is a brief walkthrough video by the architect Charles Olfert. It is quite impressive. Cordwood Cloud Forest Video
The Large Quetzal was recently finished and it is 95′ long (the largest cordwood building in the world) and has classrooms, a commercial kitchen, a library and dorm rooms for nearly a hundred students.
The Small Quetzal is 75 foot long and 40 foot tall on the big end. It houses 50+ student for classes, but it also is used for cooking jams, jellies, salsas and local products for distribution on the international market. Should you wish to consider contributing a WALC (Women in Agroecology) scholarship for a young lady to attend this life-changing school Scholarship Education is the number one goal at the Community Cloud Forest Conservation (CCFC) School. Building the Cloud Forest Conservation School with cordwood construction.
Cleaning log ends and sharing stories for the next day’s wall building. To find out how to help empower these young girls Donation
Classes are held in the 40-foot tall open porch.
Cleaning the log ends. The framing timbers were all non-native Eucalyptus. 20 trees were planted for each tree felled. The cordwood infill is mostly local pine.
Rob & Tara Cahill and Richard Flatau meet for the first time at the Cordwood Conference at Earthwood in upstate New York on July 12, 2015.
If you would like to VOLUNTEER or VISIT the Cloud Forest Community near Coban, Guatemala:
Tara and Rob Cahill
Web Site: www.cloudforestconservation.
Tara 011 (502) 4012-5745,
Rob 011 (502) 4010-0852
Tara and Rob Cahill
Community Cloud Forest Conservation
Apartado Postal 6,
Cobán, Alta Verapaz
Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore. www.cordwoodconstruction.org