Issac Haumesser decided to build a cordwood practice building to learn the technique. 

He built this gorgeous cordwood and stone shed using hand-cut dragon scale shingles for the roof.

He made this beautiful door and painted the horses that grace its exterior.

Using stone on the bottom he was able to take advantage of the stone’s ability to handle the weather while keeping the “higher up” cordwood dry and fresh.

Each dragon scale was hand-cut out of cedar and arranged into this lovely pattern.

Issac is a builder and loves to create anything that a customer has in mind.  Hard-working and enthusiastic he is someone you would love you have building your home.

Below is the drawing Issac created. This is his future home and he decided to do a small-scale version to get it just right.  I would say he accomplished his goal!  

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, and facilitated the 2005, 2011, and 2015 Cordwood Conferences.  They have also provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Here is a list of books and plans they have developed: 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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