Jeffrey H. Dean is a true Renaissance man: a builder, sculptor, painter, metalsmith, potter and jack of all trades/master of all trades.   Here is but one of his many projects:  a gorgeous timber frame barn with cordwood and board & batten.  This serves as a home for yaks, yows and goats.  [The following pictures are the copyright of Jeffrey H Dean and are used with permission.]  jhdean Homer Alaska yak barn 2 with logos.jpgJeffrey and his beautiful wife Ranja are offering Homestead Tours of their gorgeous Homer, Alaska paradise.   Sign up or take a virtual tour at the following link if you would like to have a look around.  jhdean Homer Alaska yak barn 3 homer alaska with logos.jpgExcellent juxtaposition of cordwood, framing and board & batten siding.jhdean Homer Alaska yak barn 4 homer alaska with logos.jpg Wouldn’t you like to be a pampered yak or yow (cow/yak cross) in this building? jhdean Homer Alaska yak barn 7 homer alaska with logos

A yow is a cross between a yak and a cow.  

The vistas are truly breathtaking.  The bay is visible in the background. jhdean Homer Alaska yak barn 8 homer alaska with logos.jpgThe hay is sweet and the building so very attractive.  

The goat barn is built upon stone pilings.

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 Look at how the doors and the locks all tie into the framework!  This is assuredly a master craftsman at work.

The yak and yow barn from another vantage point. 

There are many other beautiful vistas and paths around the Dean homestead.

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.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixels 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 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.

Below is the Cordwood Workshop Video cover, featuring the Cordwood Education Center.

For more information on Cordwood Construction, click on the picture or visit   Below is the 30 item Video menu. 

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