Timberframe, Cordwood & Glass, the Saga of a well-built sauna. by Monika Erpelo Novak
Monika, Kris & Nick with Cordwood Master Builder Charles Yeager.
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Star Hill Timber frame link: https://www.starhilltimberworks.com/
- debarking logs
- treating wood with borax
- filing down log ends
- making glass “bricks” from wine bottles cut in half, whole beer bottles taped together, glass blocks, and various combinations of glass jars and insulators
- installing furring strips along the frame to help with mortar adhesion
- pounding nails into the furring strips to give the mortar additional anchors to grab on to
- mixing mortar
- making insulation
- building up a cordwood wall
- installing window boxes
- making and installing a header for the large front window
- placing refractory mortar and stonework around the sauna stove
The right mortar recipe is critical to a successful build.
Monika shows how to make a design and then manifest it in the wall!
The sauna stove uses a type of refractory mortar to hold the stove and the stones firmly without cracking.
The pieces above the window are cordwood slices. They are glued and screwed to the stabilizing board.
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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 instruction for thousands of cordwood builders. Cordwood Workshop Video (2017), Cordwood Construction Best Practices (2017) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore. www.cordwoodconstruction.org
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