Tony & Denise came to one of our Cordwood Workshops at Kinstone Permaculture Academy in 2013.   They were determined to build a cordwood sauna up on their property in the Iron Range of Minnesota.   Here are some pictures and tips from their beautiful build.

Tony and Denise Sauna 4The sauna is progressing nicely during the summer of 2014.

Tony and Denise Sauna 5The hand built door is a very sturdy statement.

Denise with peeled cedar log end MN  Tony & Denise saunaDenise lovingly cradles a peeled, dry piece of cedar.

Tony and Denise Sauna 1Denise & Tony and their new puppy!

Tony and Denise cleaning log ends with a smileCleaning log end edges with the puppy underneath.

Tony and Denise Sauna 2Safety equipment on, mortar mixed, ready to continue the walls!

Tony and Denise collageA collage of summer photos from the sauna build.  Nice work Tony & Denise.

If you would like to try this “at home” it would be a good idea to get some literature that will help you avoid mistakes and build with best practices.

Cordwood 320 x 414Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices

Cordwood Construction Best Practices is available (along with many other cordwood books) at   Click on the book cover to go to the Online Bookstore.   

Happy Stacking,

Richard Flatau