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Cordwood Building a Comprehensive Guide to the State of the Art

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Dreamers, owner-builders, natural and sustainable building contractors, modern homesteaders

Cordwood construction - log-ends set in insulated mortar - is a versatile, economical, low-impact, and beautiful building method. And while cordwood construction’s durability and performance has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings in North America and Europe, there has been no trusted, practical and comprehensive book on cordwood construction methods using cordwood in a wide variety of cordwood masonry construction projects.

Distilling decades of experience, best practices, and innovations in cordwood construction, Essential Cordwood Building is the first fully illustrated, step-by-step comprehensive book on cordwood construction. Ideal for the DIYer, professional designer, and builder alike, this comprehensive book on cordwood construction covers:

  • Wood species selection, log-end length, and seasoning
  • New mortar options such as cement, lime putty, and cob mortar
  • Wall cavity insulation options
  • Budgeting and estimating for your cordwood construction
  • Highly illustrated, step-by-step cordwood masonry construction methods and techniques
  • Window and door frame installation
  • Painting and chinking, finishing, and plastering your cordwood construction
  • Special designs and decorative features
  • Code references, code compliance, building science, and best practices for cordwood masonry construction methods
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance.

Written by the world's leading sustainable builders, designers, and engineers, these succinct, user-friendly handbooks are indispensable tools for any project where accurate and reliable information is key to success. GET THE ESSENTIALS!

Rob Roy is widely recognized as a world leading authority on cordwood masonry construction methods. Rob has authored and edited 15 books including Cordwood Building and Stoneview . He lives in West Chazy, New York.


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