My picture archives contain many unique photos of cordwood construction. Some of them are only a single photo, so do not fit neatly into a “story.”  They are shared here with brief details and gratitude.

Cordwood shed on skis.  Easy to move from place to place on the homestead. 

Jeffery Dean’s amazing cordwood and timber framed barn near Homer, Alaska. 

A cordwood building used for office space in Sweden.  Small sections of cordwood placed attractively between a code compliant framework.

A cordwood practice building used on an orchid farm near Hilo, Hawaii.

A kindergarten classroom/playhouse built using cob and cordwood.

A colorful wall of bottles and logs at a sauna near Hibbing, Minnesota.  Do you like the sailboat?

Don and his son built this massive cordwood fortress in Pony, Montana.     Note the bottle star above the door.  The mortar will be cleaned off the bottles with steel wool.  The wood is large pieces of Douglas Fir, many of them split to reduce shrinkage.

Many have talked about building a cordwood practice building with living quarters above a garage.  Here is one built by an architect in western Wisconsin.  The apartment upstairs is 500 sq. ft. and very well appointed.  The couple was able to live here while building their home and then use it as a guest cottage.

Winter wonderland in western Wisconsin. 

The apartment above the garage is nicely appointed and was featured in an architectural magazine for its design and efficient use of space.  

The Peace of Art Cafe in Del Norte, Colorado is cordwood and bottles.  It as designed and built by KimAnna Cellura Shields and her husband Michael.

After a long day mortaring on their timber frame, cordwood home, Ann takes refreshment as the sun goes done.


This is a basic cob cottage in the tropics, but the cordwood/cob bench is the place to get out of the sun and relax.

Jack Henstridge helped design and build this massive two-story cordwood beauty in Duck Creek, New Brunswick, Canada.  Sure do miss ya, Good Buddy.

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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 DVD,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.

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