Bobbie is creating a cordwood and solar power site for her homestead in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This is a practice building that is used to learn and practice the cordwood technique.  Bobbie and her team have made it into a work of art. 

Note the colored glass on the outside and the inside.  The outside is often done with a clear bottle, but the colored bottle adds more to the exterior ambiance.

Marbles and glass and a sturdy timber frame. 


Shou Sugi Ban scorching on all the posts and beams.  The shed is 8′ x 10′ and Lime Putty Mortar and Lime Plaster were used in the construction. 

The cordwood infill is Eastern Red Cedar.

The yellow and green bottles make for a wonderful spring-like motif.  

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin, or home, please visit   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the Online Bookstore to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.

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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 (2018),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices 2020 (print), and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online Cordwood bookstore.

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