Essential Cordwood Building
The Complete Step-by-Step Guide
by Rob Roy
Cordwood construction — log-ends set in insulated mortar — is a versatile, economical, low-impact, and beautiful building method. Its durability and performance has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings in North America and Europe.
Yet until now, there has been no trusted, practical guide to cordwood construction using the material in a wide variety of construction projects.
Distilling decades of experience and best practices, Essential Cordwood Building is the first fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to cordwood building. Ideal for the DIYer and professional designer and builder alike, it covers:
- Wood species selection, log-end length, and seasoning
- Cement, lime putty, and cob mortar options
- Wall cavity insulation options
- Budgeting and estimating
- Highly illustrated, step-by-step building techniques
- Window and door frame installation
- Pointing and chinking, finishing, and plastering
- Special designs and decorative features
- Code references, compliance, building science, and best practices
- Troubleshooting and maintenance
Click here to view an excerpt and here to see the table of contents.
About the Authors
Rob Roy is widely recognized as a world leading authority on cordwood construction. He is Director of Earthwood Building School in West Chazy, New York, which teaches owner-builders how to build with cordwood masonry. Rob and his wife Jaki have built four cordwood homes and numerous outbuildings, and have conducted workshops all over North America and around the world. Rob has authored and edited 15 books including Cordwood Building, second edition (2016), Timber Framing for the Rest of Us, Earth-Sheltered Houses, and Stoneview.