Cordwood Sheds and Cabins 
also known as Stackwall, Stovewood, Firewood or Cordwood Masonry.



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Short lengths of debarked trees (cordwood) are laid with a mixture of mortar and insulating materials - such as sawdust or spray foam - in between the mortar. The longer the length of the logs, the better the insulation qualities. 12 inches to 18 inches is most common and wood species will also determine insulating value. On average, a 12 inch wide wall will have a 20-25 R value. Cabin by Rob Roy. Image by Pseu www.flickr.com


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Hobbit House with living roof by Rena Upitas, Ontario. renaupitis.com



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Cordwood Shed with a thatched roof. roofthatch.com



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Gail and Mark Dupar’s cordwood shed on Decatur Island in Washington’s San Juans. Image: John Granen, Kathleen Brenzel, www.blog.drummondhouseplans.com



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John Meilahn's cabin, Copper Harbor, Michigan. www.facebook.com



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Sojourn Cabin www.sojourningboston.blogspot.com



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Piet Hein Eek for Hans Liberg, www.pietheineek.nl


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Piet Hein Eek for Hans Liberg, www.pietheineek.nl



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Cordwood Pole Shed at Treehaven. www.daycreek.com



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Irish Cottage Shed in a garden show, 2002. www.daycreek.com



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Straw bale and cordwood workshop in eastern France with (a gorgeous) living roof by Thierry Dronet. Image by Catherine Wanek www.shelterpub.com



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A two to three foot overhang (eave) is often recommended when cob or lime putty mortar is used in place of a cement mortar. Typically the logs are not coated with a moisture barrier, but are allowed to breath naturally. By Tony Wrench at Green Hamlet in Pupki, Poland. www.thatroundhouse.info


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By Netonia Yalta, the Cordwood Queen of the Queen Charlotte Islands, BC, www.daycreek.com



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Stoneview at Earthwood Building School. www.cordwoodmasonry.com



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Cordwood half timber on the Appalachian Trail. Image by Philip Shirk www.picasaweb.google.com



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Olle Hagman built this Writer's cabin in Sweden as a get away from his teaching job. He wrote two articles for the Cordwood Conference Papers 2011: A Social History of Cordwood Houses in Sweden and Norwegian Cordwood Wall Technique. For more information and more pictures see: cordwoodconstruction.wordpress.com


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Backside of above cabin. Ole Hagman has documented 150 cordwood homes that have been built in Sweden since the 1850s. Ole built this cabin while he was learning and researching cordwood. cordwoodconstruction.wordpress.com



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Ecocentro IPEC, Brazil, www.ecocentro.org
Photo: Felipe Gil www.flickr.com



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Cordwood masonary sauna. West Chazy, NY. www.cordwoodmasonry.com



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Cordwood sauna by Organica, Poland. www.organica.net.pl


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Cordwood Cabin by Rob Roy from his 'The Sauna, A Complete Guide': books.google.com



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Cordwood masonary sauna. West Chazy, NY. www.cordwoodmasonry.com


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Cordwood veneer chickencoop by Tom Huber of Watervliet, Michigan. Tom painted the OSB board with white paint and then glued and screwed 1.5 inch cordwood discs onto the OSB board.



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Garden shed/chicken coop by Netonia Yalta in British Columbia, Canada. www.facebook.com



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Cordwood shed at Georgeson Botanical Garden, Alaska. www.snras.blogspot.com



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Cordwood shed by Dana. www.daycreek.com



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Cordwood Shed by Tom Huber at Paul Smith's College, NY. http://www.daycreek.com



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Cordwood Shed by Tom Huber - CEM Cellulose Enhanced Mortar was used for this project. www.daycreek.com



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Homegrown in Kentucky. www.homegrownhideaways.org


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Cordwood workshop in Ontario built by John Ötvös in 1973. www.greenerbuilding.ca



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Cordwood workshop in Ontario built by John Ötvös in 1973. www.greenerbuilding.ca



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cordwood shed
Sauna by Rena Upitas, Ontario, renaupitis.com



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Cordwood shed by Camaria. www.daycreek.com



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Maple Sugar Shack Shed built at a Richard & Becky Flatau workshop. www.daycreek.com



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Green Roof by Wildwood Landscapes www.wildroof.co.uk


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Cordwood Shed.
Pellizzano, Val di Sole, Trentino, Italy.
Photo: Marvin 345. Via: Avantgardens.org


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Woodland classroom with fireplace wall by Ben Law. Cordwood masonry is easy, economical, aesthetically striking, energy-efficient and environmentally sound. www.permaculturemagazineeditorial.blogspot.com



A touch of personality...


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Special Effects at Mushwood by Rob Roy. www.daycreek.com



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Solar Springs Lodge www.permacultureglobal.com



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Cordwood siding depicting a spinning wheel by Bob Gormley, Starwood Store, Backus, MN. Bob painted the back plywood with a durable exterior grade paint. He then marked the 1.5 inch thick cordwood discs in place, then drilled 2 or 3 small holes in the plywood. Then he would hold the disc back in place and have someone screw it from the inside. www.daycreek.com



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Cordwood wall in British Columbia. www.daycreek.com



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Mermaid Cordwood Cottage in Del Norte, Colorado. Via: cordwoodconstruction.org




How To:

Cabin in Tasmania www.theownerbuilder.com.au
White Earth Reservation Cordwood House: www.daycreek.com
Lot's of detailed how to here - Build a Cordwood Sauna: books.google.com


Mortar mix possibilities:

(lime makes the mix plastic)

Lime putty mortar  dates back to 400 BC: Pure lime and sand; or
9 parts sand; 3 soaked sawdust; 2 Portland; and 3 hydrated lime -
Papercrete (paper enhanced mortar) -
Cob mix (1 part clay, 4 parts sand mixed with straw and more...) -


Insulation:

Sawdust has an insulative value of about R-3 per inch (add hydrated lime as a preservative)

Vermiculite and Perlite are also good insulators.

 
Wood types:

Softwoods are best. Cedar has a good R-value (1.5 per inch) and is naturally decay resistant. Hardwoods have a tendency to swell and crack mortar joints. The best softwoods: white cedar, white pine, cottonwood, poplar, red cedar, spruce or larch followed by hemlock and poplar. If all you have is hardwood, you must split the wood and let it dry for only months instead of years, otherwise it will expand in the wall.

For a 32' x 36' one story structure - you need approx 5 cords of cedar wood.


Resources:

Earthwood Building School's full length how-to videos. www.cordwoodmasonry.com
Best Practices with Cordwood Construction By Richard Flatau www.thenauhaus.com
Yahoo cordwood forum: www.groups.yahoo.com
Info on spray foam and double walls: www.daycreek.com
More photos: www.daycreek.com
Table of Insulation R Values - www.inspectapedia.com


Workshops:

Earthwood Building School. North Chazy, NY. www.cordwoodmasonry.com


Books:

Cordwood Building: The State of the Art, Rob Roy (Editor)
Collects the wisdom of more than 25 of the world’s best practitioners, detailing the long history of the method, and demonstrating how to build a cordwood home using the latest and most up-to-date techniques, with a special focus on building code issues. Author/editor Rob Roy has been building, researching, and teaching about cordwood masonry for 25 years: and, with his wife, started Earthwood Building School in 1981. Information about what species of wood are best, how to select, prepare and store the wood. www.amazon.com
List of recent books: www.daycreek.com


See the Cordwood Homes post as well: inspirationgreen.com/cordwood-homes





Building a cobwood roundhouse over a six week course in Spring 2008 at Denmark Farm, near Lampeter, West Wales. Video by Tony Wrench.

 

 

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bev byington
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cordwood inspiration
Reply #14 on : Thu May 08, 2014, 23:57:35
Just a note to thank you for the inspiration.
Have lived in Fairbanks for 40+ years so using wood in creative ways is dear to my 74 year old heart. Thanks for your work, creativity and imagination appreciation.
Sher Caldwell-DeVore
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Thanks
Reply #13 on : Wed February 12, 2014, 23:30:11
I love this page!
Vong
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cord wood dinning hall
Reply #12 on : Sun January 19, 2014, 14:11:07
hi
We made a dinning hall out of cord wood, Please take a look.
youtube.com/watch?v=Trtei2DZ7CA
Branimir
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Thanks..
Reply #11 on : Thu November 21, 2013, 11:34:32
..for inspiration and showing possibilities, respect for sharing. All the best! 8-)
Cordwood Sheds and Cabins
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Cordwood Sheds and Cabins
Reply #10 on : Tue August 13, 2013, 03:35:31
Cordwood sheds are the most cost effective and classy single storey structures for wooden homes or cabins. These cordwood sheds depict traditional as well as modern looks and are used for hobbies, storage or a workshop.
ttp://www.poulter.com.au/sheds/default.aspx
donna pervine
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Plans
Reply #9 on : Mon July 22, 2013, 22:49:34
Where do I find building plans for any of these cabins and sheds pictured here?
john jones
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mortor
Reply #8 on : Mon April 15, 2013, 15:35:05
what did you use for fountation and mortor?
Osmar
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Congratulation
Reply #7 on : Mon April 15, 2013, 12:37:08
Mis saludos y cordiales felicitaciones, a quienes propician este tipo de construcción, que a mi parecer son originales, ecologicas, limpias, acogedoras, económicas y respetuosas con el planeta.Quisiera me sugieriesen algunos libros que hayan sido escritos en castellano o algun material en el que me pueda ilustrar más sobre este tipo de construccion.
Atentamente
Osmar Escobar
Osmar
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Congratulation
Reply #6 on : Mon April 15, 2013, 12:35:39
Mis saludos y cordiales felicitaciones, a quienes propician este tipo de construcción, que a mi parecer son originales, ecologicas, limpias, acogedoras, económicas y respetuosas con el planeta.Quisiera me sugieriesen algunos libros que hayan sido escritos en castellano o algun material en el que me pueda ilustrar más sobre este tipo de construccion.
Atentamente
Osmar Escobar
Anonymous
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Re: Cordwood Sheds and Cabins
Reply #5 on : Sun January 27, 2013, 16:02:24
Been loving cordwood const. for over 30 yrs.
Zane Clark
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cob house
Reply #4 on : Thu January 17, 2013, 10:46:42
I live in georgia and I am intersteded in building a cob house!
The thing that wories me is legalalty of building one.
do you know what pirmits needed?
Thank You
Zane Clark
DLyn
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Memory revisited
Reply #3 on : Thu June 28, 2012, 14:45:38
Shortly after my husband & I were married & visiting his ma in the northwoods (WI) he took me to a cordwood house. I've loved it then, & love it now.
Thinking it would be great for lower area of the barn I'm hoping to build.

I assume weaving some conduit into the walls while building would add electricity
Wawan
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OPTEkimIIZPULzH
Reply #2 on : Fri March 02, 2012, 14:52:02
Ok guys sorry for the raw comments. In my oiinpon depending on where you live the best cord wood to use for your structure would surely be what is native around you and available free or for the work of getting it. If you live in Florida cypress wood is best or long leaf yellow heart pine. If you are from the north locust is best. if you are from the west say northern california redwood. All of these woods resist rot and fungus naturally. If you have to use soft woods you can treat it with non toxic anti freeze,borax and boric acid mixture and saturate the wood with it once a year and prevent fungus and dry rot and as a bonus it will kill termites as well. To make the solution you will use one gallon of nontoxic RV antifreeze, one pound of borax (20 mule team type) and one pound of boric acid. I have found that walmart has this roach pruf stuff for killing roaches(99% pure boric acid)for 3 bucks a bottle, powder form. In a bucket mix it all together till disolved and spray on wood till it runs off I usually go over the area twice..This stuff works..Do the research for your self if you like..Big Al
Kim
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Cobwood roundhouse
Reply #1 on : Fri February 10, 2012, 11:36:10
Lovely x
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