Ofa Sovea of Tonga, sent this message to the Cordwood Construction Facebook Group:  “Morning all. I’m building my house here in Tonga (located in the South Pacific). 

The squares are old lumber of Pine, were lying around outside twisted and no good for anything so I cut them up and its looks perfect n useful now.

The small round ones are various native plant including Sandalwood and others.


  They felt down by the Tropical Cyclone in April this year so I save them from being used as firewood and have them as part of my house, carry a lot of sweet memories as I use to climb them and pick their fruit (lycee) as a kid. 

This is only a small part of my house I do with Cordwood. I wanted to build the whole house with Cordwood but the Authority did not approve my permit so I  have to settle for this. Already learn a lot from this and love the process. By doing this I hope to learn a lot more for my next house in five years time, I hope.”

Thank you, Ofa for sharing your cordwood adventure in the South Pacific Island of Tonga.  We look forward to your updates.  

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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.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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