What is tinier than a tiny house?   Well, a Wee Cordwood Playhouse that’s what.  We were privileged to work with the staff at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, North Carolina in their Children’s Gardens called Lost Hollow and Wicket Thicket.Cordwood Hut 1

At 64 sq. ft. of floor space this could be one of the tiniest wee houses ever:0)Cordwood Hut 3The purple tent protected the cordwood masons as they learned the fine art of cordwood construction.

Architect (Gary Smith) wanted a children’s play hut based on the gothic arch.  A donor metal fabricator provided the frame, the Garden Staff provided the materials and a wonderful group of nine hardworking “cordwooders” provided the labor. Cordwood Hut 4

The mushroom motif gives an earthy feel to the hut. Cordwood Hut 9A garland ring of leaves and branches (more will be added) will comprise the roof.

Cordwood Hut 23A tulip from red cedar over the entranceway. Cordwood Hut 21Inside a cozy hut, get your imagination ready!Cordwood Hut 22The cordwood masons inscribed a log end.

Cordwood Hut 13Here the Botanical Garden Staff celebrates the fine work of the cordwood crew.  This is the first time we have ever been fetted with flutes of champagne and sparkling cider.

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The class participants pay careful attention to a lesson on the wonderful ways of sawdust. Cordwood Hut 20The happy crew celebrating the completion of the Cordwood Hut with silly faces.

Cordwood Hut 16This is a botanical garden and has a large conservatory of tropical plants. It also boasts a “Moon Keep,”  castle ruins and an outdoor theater at Lost Hollow.   Cordwood Hut 18Here among the crape myrtle trees is a symbol of childhood freedom and wonder.Cordwood Hut 10

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.

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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 and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.   www.cordwoodconstruction.org