A Comprehensive Guide to the State of the Art - Fully revised Second Edition
Published by: New Society Publishers
Imprint: New Society Publishers
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.
Prologue: History of Cordwood Masonry
The Origin of Cordwood Contruction by William H. Tishler
An Old Cordwood House Near Stockholm by Olle Lind
Historical Variations by Olle Hagman
Our Personal History by Rob Roy
What is Cordwood Building?
But Why Build with Cordwood?
PART 1: CORDWOOD BASICS
1. Three Cordwood Masonry Styles
Cordwood Infilling Within a Strong Timber Frame
Cordwood as Curved Load-bearing Walls
Cordwood with Stackwall Corners
2. The Wood
What Kind or Species of Wood Is Best?
How Long Should the Wood Dry?
Should I Bark (or “Debark” — Means the Same Thing) the Wood?
How Much Wood Should I Cut?
How Thick Should the Walls Be in a Cordwood Home?
How Should I Cut the Wood?
Split Wood or Round Log-ends?
Can I Mix Species of Wood in the Same Wall?
3. Building Cordwood Walls 101
Building a Cordwood Wall
Cleaning the Log-ends
4. Building with Cordwood 202
Wood Shrinkage after the Build
When Everything Shrinks — A Solution
Building Thicker Cordwood Walls Within a Timber Frame
Stand Back from the Wall
PART 2: THE NEW STATE OF THE ART
5. Is Cordwood Green?
Leaving Little Impact on the Planet
Low Embodied Energy
The Healthy Home
So, Is Cordwood Masonry Green?
6. Double-wall Cordwood by Cliff Shockey and Rob Roy
Foundations and Under-floor Radiant Heat
The Double-wall Cordwood Technique
The Evolution of Double-wall Cordwood
7. Foam Insulation with Cordwood
Open Cell Foam
Foam Insulation with Single-wall Cordwood
8. Bottle-ends and Other Design Features
Creating Bottle-end Designs
Design Features at Mushwood
9. Electrical Wiring in Cordwood Masonry Buildings by Paul Mikalauskas, Mike Abel and Rob Roy
10. Lime Putty Mortar by Rob Roy and Bruce Kilgore
A Short History
Lime Putty Mortar Versus Portland-based Mortar
Making Lime Putty and Lime Putty Mortar
Pay Attention to Detail
11. Cobwood Revisited
Cobwood at Earthwood
Our Latest Cobwood Wall Building
12. Paper-enhanced Mortar by Jim Juczak, Alan Stankevitz, Tom Huber and Rob Roy
Papercrete, or Paper-enhanced Mortar (PEM)
My Paper-enhanced Mortar
Paper-enhanced Mortar Observations
13. Cedar Eden: Design Considerations by Tom Huber
The Pattern that Connects
Place-based Design Considerations for Cold Climates
The Hobbit Way of Homesteading
A Cabin with Four Doors
Intentional Patterns — The Nature of Order; Building as Sacred Practice
Retreat from the World
14. Cordwood-to-mortar Ratio: An Analysis
Consistency in Cordwood Build Quality
Varying Wood-to-mortar Ratios
Impact of Wood-to-mortar Ratio
15. Cordwood Cutoff Table for a Chainsaw by Rob Roy and Bruce Kilgore
Fabrication Skills Needed
You Will Also Need
PART 3: CASES STUDIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
16. The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership by Studio Gang Architects
Why Wood Masonry?
Learning from the Experts
Playing by the Rules
Thermal and Structural Constraints
Pushing the Limits with Digital Tools
Mixing It Up
Not the End
17. My Cordwood Construction Evolution by Geoff Huggins
Cordwood Constants. . .and Why
Cordwood Embellishments. . .and Why
18. Adirondack Cordwood Cabin by Rarilee Conway (with James Conway)
If I Was to Do It Again
19. Ravenwood: A Labor of Love in Northern New York by Bruce Kilgore (with Nancy Dow)
Our Cordwood Odyssey
A Five-year Plan
The Trisol Design
Racing to Get the Roof On
What Worked. . .and Hard Lessons Learned
20. Hexadecagons in Hawaii and Tasmania with Peter Robey and Blythe Tait (and with help from Ben Oliveros)
Australia's First Council-approved Cordwood Residence?
21. The Hermit's Hut
22. La Casa del Trunco
Cultivating a Coincidence in Nicaragua
Solentiname's Cordwood Homestead
The Cordwood Dorm Room
When We Got Home
PART 4: ECONOMICS AND CODE
23. The Mortgage-free Cordwood Home
The Temporary Shelter
Keep It Small
Keep It Simple
Use Recycled Materials
The Add-on House Strategy
24. Getting a Building Permit for a Cordwood Home
Part 1: An Engineering Viewpoint by Dr. Kris J. Dick, P.E. and Professor A. M. Lansdown
Part 2: A Code Enforcement Officer's Viewpoint by Thomas M. Kwiatkowski
Part 3: Other Cordwood Code Issues by Rob Roy
Afterword: Where We Go From Here
Annotated Cordwood Masonry Bibliography
Glossary of Terms
About the Author
A Note About the Publisher