The website introduction reads:  “It’s not what you buy, it’s what you build.”  This holds true for every part of Greg & Clare’s cordwood journey.  They built a two-storey, passive solar designed, double wall, lime putty mortar, foam insulation, radiant in floor heat, post and beam framed cordwood home. They have beautiful gardens, thoughtful homestead design and much more.  Proper pre-planning using good building practices is evident in this U.P. masterpiece. 5

(Above)  Cedar, lime putty, and glass bottles create a beautiful wall.
(Below)  The home looks out onto a picturesque Michigan field and forest. 4Inside is more forest (note the birch log) and a gorgeous masonry heater. 2The main floor features an acid-etched floor, attractive random pattern cordwood, and deep, plant-worthy window sills. 1

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Greg & Clare taught workshops at their nearby wood-drying kiln/greenhouse.

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They used a mason line to keep the walls and windows level and plumb.

You should visit their website for further details, this post is simply meant as an introduction to 6

Their comment as they installed this solar panel array was “Sorry Coal!”   Lots of subtle wit and wisdom on the always-entertaining Nerdwood site.
In addition to being a fabulous gardener, Clare has a mixed-media art studio where she designs all manner of beautiful things.  Looking for that perfect, “no one else has” gift?  This site is worth a look-see. 8.png

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.
If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at  
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 Workshop DVD (2018),  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print 2020), and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their Online Cordwood Bookstore.  The books & DVDs are also available as ebooks for a quick and easy shipping free download.
This is the Cordwood Workshop Video label.
Cordwood Workshop DVD 3
These are the 30 menu sections from the Cordwood Workshop DVD.
DVD Menu 1
DVD menu 2