Pelle Henriksson has added to his portfolio with these new pictures of his backyard sauna in Sweden.  He calls his Facebook building site Kubbhusbastu which translates to Cordwood Sauna which Pelle says is “Just for fun.”   The foundation (ring beam), framing (post & beam) and cordwood infill is very well done using “best practices” throughout.



Kubbhusta 5 Pelle HenrikssonPelle’s  pictures tell the story very well.Kubbusbsta 10 Pelle Henriksson FB page Kubbhusbasta The logs for the framework are 100 years old and were found in Pelle’s uncle’s barn.  The photo shows the grade beam and part of the drain tile (orange pipe).Kubbusbsta 14 Pelle Henriksson FB page KubbhusbastaThe foundation is a ring beam on a rubble trench with a drain tile sloped to a lower grade.  Each post has a roofing shingle placed on the bottom to stop moisture from “wicking up” the post. Kubbusbsta 1 Pelle HenrikssonMany of the older cordwood (Kubbhus) buildings in Sweden use a clay-based mortar.  Olle Hagman has been very instrumental in documenting the migration of cordwood throughout Sweden and has located 150 buildings.  His excellent article is told in the Cordwood Conference Papers 2011.  Kubbhusta 6 Pelle HenrikssonNote how the windows are placed within a post and beam framework.  This is my favorite  style of window framing. Kubbusbsta 8 Pelle Henriksson FB page KubbhusbastaPelle used keyways (vertical strips of wood on the posts) to hold his wall sections in place. The sauna will have a changing room and a sauna chamber.  Putting the roof on first allows Pelle to work and store his materials out of the elements.

A beautiful flower motif chain saw cut into a log end shows off the Swedish love of all things wooden. Kubbhusta 4 Pelle HenrikssonTo fit a glass into a cleaned out hollow center log.   Cut out a sheet of glass after tracing and cutting the paper template.Kubbusbsta 11 Pelle Henriksson FB page KubbhusbastaKubbusbsta 12 Pelle Henriksson FB page Kubbhusbasta

This is how the finished product looks.

pelle-kubbhausta-1Hanging a wooden floor from a “grade beam” is done in the following manner. pelle-kubbhausta-5The door is handmade as is the wooden lock.  Pelle is an excellent carpenter. 

Pelle’s new sauna stove.

Beautiful handmade doors with incredible hinges. 


Scribing log ends that protrude to make for a clean floor, wall or ceiling line can be difficult so Pelle put together a visual “how to” section. pelle-kubbhausta-3Pelle has become something of a cordwood rock-star with articles being published in various newspapers.  pelle-kubbhausta-4Many of these pictures and more are also on Pelle’s Facebook page  You may want to bookmark Pelle’s page and check back every now and again to marvel at his progress.  Thank you, Pelle, for the explanation and the photos!

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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 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.