Minnesota is home to not only strong Viking ancestors, Lake Wobegone and the Spam Museum (the canned meat), but also to a number of beautiful cordwood homes, cabins, cottages and saunas. Here is a cordwood sauna being built near Tower, Minnesota by Paul Harney. Paul has so many friends of Finnish descent that they have nicknamed him Harney-maki and encouraged him to love sauna. [These pictures are all courtesy of Paul Harney.]
The building is post and beam framed with the roof installed before the cordwood. This insures a place to keep materials dry and it allows mortaring to be completed in inclement weather.
Not quite finished, Paul has been sharing pictures on the www.daycreek.com Forum. His pictures and thoughts are under the title “A Cordwood Blessing.”
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