Cordwood Construction: Best Practices

A new visually stunning book about cordwood construction: A log home building method using renewable resources and time honored techniques by Richard Flatau with 259 color photos, 196 pages, diagrams and formulas has recently been published. The book will take the novice or experienced builder from house plans to cordwood home occupancy.


Online book store    Price: $25.00

Available in ebook format   $20.00

"This book is inspirational and a perfect how-to. I've got my cordwood pile growing right now. I'll start building with confidence in the spring."-Kristin

"Cordwood Construction is the best cordwood construction guide I have seen. Covers all the practical considerations and offers tips on passing conventional building code. Great book!"  -Jason

"There was a lot of good information in this book. We will start our first cordwood project this summer, moving up to a 20 X30 structure with a root cellar this fall." -Tom

"Lots of great photos and explanations. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd like to build a round house similar to the Colorado home on the front cover."   -Patti



   2014 Cordwood Workshops

@ Kinstone Permaculture Academy

      Fountain City, Wisconsin

July  19-20  Cordwood Workshop  click here

 For information

Call   Richard Flatau 

      715-212-2870 or email


@ Bonner's Ferry, Idaho

August 30-31 & Sept.1   3 day workshop         

"Stomping Moose Farm" Bonner's Ferry, Idaho

     For information and registration click here  

Kinstone Cordwood Chapel Click on the picture to read the article.


This is a gorgeous chakra bottle end wall in the Upper Peninsula by Tom and Marcy Melvig.

A bed and breakfast in Bracebridge, Ontario.

Netonia Yalta, the Queen of Cordwood in Hadia Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada.

Heavy timber framing with round logs and cordwood/cobwood infill on a gorgeous sauna in Poland.  This is the magnificent work of art and craftsmanship is from Mateusz Szwagierczak.  Please take the time to visit their site, check out their Facebook page (Organica) and if you are able, go and see their many works of accomplishment. 

Scott Degrafs bottle end and cordwood wall. 


The technique involves laying two beads of  mortar, followed by filing the insulation cavity in the middle (here it is filled with sawdust mixed with lime).  Then the cordwood is set in the mortar beads.  This provides an insulation R-value of 1.5 per inch of wall.  A 16" cordwood wall has an R-value of 24.

Intriguing and eye appealing buildings have been built all across the world  using cordwood and cobwood.  The picture above shows the Peace of Art Cafe in Del Norte, Colorado. This photo is courtesy of Kim-Anna who built and owns the Peace of Art Cafe, The Organic Peddle and the beautiful Mermaid Cottage.

The Cordwood Education Classroom in Merrill, Wisconsin, was built by volunteer labor and local donated materials.  It is a best practices example of alternative (natural) building using renewable resources.  It also has a bank of  three solar panels powered by a 75 watt PV panel.  Go to the ARTICLES menu above and click on Cordwood Education Center.

The bear paw by Bill Paulson at the White Earth Cordwood Home in Naytahwaush, Minnesota.




   Cordwood worm farm with recycled materials.

Cordwood Cabin in California.

A cordwood lodge in Northern Wisconsin.

A hobbit door by Jessi & Dan Peterson of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

KimAnna in Del Norte, Colorado and her beautiful Mermaid Cottage.

View pictures of 20 cordwood homes, cottages and cabins by visiting this link from 


                                                Map of Cordwood Homes: Click on a log end and read about the home [courtesy of Natural]