Where can you find three cordwood buildings, a Yurt, a Straw-Clay Cottage, a Tepee, a Sauna, the largest Megalithic Stone Circle in the USA AND is open to the public? Kinstone Circle near Fountain City, Wisconsin, is where. Kristine Beck, the owner and inspiration for the 36-acre site, has created a place for people to refresh, renew and revitalize. www.kinstonecircle.com
For your viewing please here are some photos of this amazing place. The 12 sided cordwood chapel with thatched roof.The Dragon’s Keep with living roof. Most excellent photos are courtesy of Rick Swanson. https://www.foxswanarts.comAn entrance center with a Star Wall. Looking to the ever-changing horizon. The chapel has nature motifs from St. Francis of Assisi’s poem The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon. The yellow orb is Brother Sun. The stone circle is the largest in the USA. Visit www.kinstonecircle.com for more information, about classes, natural building and other offers. The reflecting pool gives one a chance to sit and refresh.
The sauna is inviting and cosy.
The exterior is 12′ x 16′ and makes a nice footprint for a tiny cabin.
The straw-clay cottage sits on a pier foundation and has three coats of earthen plaster. It has honey bee motifs in the walls. The scales of the dragon in the Dragon’s Keep are apparent and the trapezoid window shows her wing.
The large dragon (there are currently 24) shows off his green eye. The 10 point “shed” provides a nice coat hanger for weary travelers.
The bottle brick pattern was created using a cardboard template before any bottles were added.
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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. www.cordwoodconstruction.org
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