Martin Tyciak built this gorgeous cordwood patio terrace at his home in Slovakia.  Here the 2-inch cordwood slices are being hammered into place so they are level.  The base of gravel had already been tamped to make a firm and level foundation. Martin Tyciak 2.jpg Slovokia fruit woodMartin used wood from fruit trees for his patio.  Martin Tyciak 1
Martin Tyciak 6.jpg Slovokia fruit wood.jpg patio terraceA dry mix of river sand, broken stone ballast and cement fill in the empty spaces.  The more unique the slices the more interesting the patio. Martin Tyciak 7.jpg poochNod of approval from the blue-eyed hound.  Note that the patio is built within a framework. Martin Tyciak 3.jpg Slovokia fruit woodThe mixture of sand, cement and ballast is given a light water bath to make it set up.   We have found that it is best to seal the faces of the log slices before using grout or mortar in the “in-between” spaces. Martin Tyciak 5.jpg Slovokia fruit wood.jpg patio terraceIf necessary, before the mixture “sets up” the patio is vibrated with a hand stamper to make certain it continues to be even and level.   Martin’s dog gives the final “paws” of approval!Martin Tyciak 4.jpg Slovokia fruit wood.jpg patio terrace He “abrasioned” the log faces before finishing (to make the surface less slippery).  Then he used Anti-Slip Decking Oil from the UK to make the surface NOT slick and to seal it from the elements.  Here is the link  to the product

Very nice work Martin and thank you for sharing your beautiful patio/terrace.  Your dog seems happy with his new play area and I’m sure you are too.

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