Klarianka Gabor sent these photos of his amazing cordwood building in Hungary.  He and his family and friends have built a “Best Practices” cordwood home.  The tree trunks that they cut are magnificent and so huge!  What a great framework for the building.  Then a thatch roof was installed.  The various designs, like the peace symbol, the wagon wheel, bottle logs, the mortar & pestle and the horse motifs are what make the building even more interesting.

 Tree trunk timbers for posts!  Incredibly massive and beautiful.  


The huge tree trunks for posts with cordwood infill & the thatched roof give the impression of a fortress. 

Curved timbers, a wagon wheel and a window box.

The Peace Sign adds a special look to the cordwood wall.  Imagine a world living in peace!

The three incredible-looking logs, evenly spaced near the bottom of the cordwood wall are spectacular.

Note the mortar and pestle on the left bottom side of the beautiful doors.  The doors were hand-made by Zsolt Pásztor. 

The tree trunk timbers add a massive, sturdy feel to the building. 


The wagon wheel and the “gnarly” shapes of the logs make the wall interesting and unique. 

The galloping stallion has found a permanent home in a hollowed-out section of this magnificent timber.

How to lay a 3″ mortar bead with a clean and even strike.

Two three-inch (7.62 cm) mortar beads with a damp proof piece of rolled roofing on the foundation.  No moisture can wick up into the cordwood.

Sawdust mixed with hydrated lime (to repel insects) will be added to the center cavity.  The straighter and cleaner the mortar beads, the better the insulation value.  Do not let the mortar beads touch or an energy nosebleed is created.  

The writing under the sanded timber is the link to a 33-second video that scans the entire interior of posts and framing.  This is the link to the Facebook video, so if you do not have FB, you may not be able to play it.   https://www.facebook.com/gabor.klarianka/videos/4459308597432186/?__cft__[0]=AZXsLpi9ToBJVuYGmC-1_Ht9jDHKQBdrM_op8r8i-mv_Uu-u3tLcjEKWxycFFN4RrIF8FXxVcQJJUbVmUvaTi6cItaypgMCV9qsno1gK1yp2wAGcqeSUnBg6cjYpGTkBNc-6vJC6eqvJI_YNbTUo61qZrc8gaN-p1UwvsKbSM7wPbQ&__tn__=R]-R

Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit www.cordwoodconstruction.org   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 richardflatau@gmail.com  

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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 2019,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices 2020 (print), Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 and Cordwood House Plans 2021 ($15) with 16 different floor plans, are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”  www.cordwoodconstruction.org


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