Michael Fuller, the builder of this very fine cordwood cabin in Nova Scotia, has sent a much-anticipated update.  Evidently, there are many fans of his cordwood creation!

This is the original link to Michael’s cordwood cottage. https://cordwoodconstruction.org/cordwood-cottage-in-nova-scotia

Sage advice from Michael.
1. The post and beams are fashioned from red spruce – the cordwood is a mix of wetland black spruce (very dense) and hackmatack which you might know better as larch. It has a high natural creosote content and is very dense as well.
2. The wall is 16” thick (4+8+4)  mortar mix and limed sawdust
3 The foundation is 24” crushed stone below the ground level and 20” of slip-form concrete and basalt stone. Really work well.
4. The cabin is 24′ x 16′ (384 sq. ft.)
5. A few enjoyable memories of the “build.” The joys of collecting Bombay Sapphire gin bottles in the heat of summer, a heads-up on the disappearance of rotary (buzz) saw sawdust in the age of the Woodmizer, the roof is not real slate, new heritage windows, crawl space ventilation, happy accidents?   Lots of bits and pieces.

Buttoning the cabin up for winter.

A recently added, under-construction picture of the 24′ x 16′ block and rock foundation. 

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,  Cordwood Construction Best Practices (print) and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.”  www.cordwoodconstruction.org

Here is a photo of the Cordwood Construction DVD cover available at https://cordwoodconstruction.org/bookstore