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Cordwood masonry is an ancient building technique whereby walls are constructed from "log ends" laid transversely in the wall. It is easy, economical, aesthetically striking, energy-efficient, and environmentally sound.

Cordwood Building 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, ...

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Overview

Cordwood masonry is an ancient building technique whereby walls are constructed from "log ends" laid transversely in the wall. It is easy, economical, aesthetically striking, energy-efficient, and environmentally sound.

Cordwood Building 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. He has written 10 books on alternative building, presented four videos—including two about cordwood masonry—and has taught cordwood masonry all over the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865714755
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/3/2003
  • Series: Natural Building Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 388,779
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Rob Roy is a former contractor with twelve previous books to his credit, including Cordwood Building and Timber Framing for the Rest of Us. An expert on underground building, he founded the Earthwood Building School in 1981 with his wife, Jaki, and is frequently a speaker at events throughout North America. Rob Roy is a former contractor with eleven previous books to his credit. He has been utilizing timber framing techniques for the past 25 years in the construction of his own buildings, as well as in the numerous building courses he teaches at Earthwood Building School which he started in 1981. He is most recently the author of Cordwood Building: The State of the Art (New Society, 2003)
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Cordwood Masonry: A Vernacular Architectural Tradition 3
2 My 25-Year Love Affair with Cordwood Masonry 13
3 Cordwood Masonry 101 21
4 Stackwall Construction: The Double Wall Technique 37
5 The Lomax Corner 43
6 A Round Cordwood House with 16 Sides 49
7 Octagons, Hexagons, and Other Shapes 57
8 Bottle Designs in a Cordwood Wall 63
9 Patterned Cordwood Masonry 71
10 Electrical Wiring in Cordwood Masonry Buildings 79
11 Using Cement Retarder with Cordwood Masonry 85
12 When It Shrinks, Stuff It! 93
13 A Mobile Home Converted to Cordwood 99
14 A Shop Teacher's Approach 103
15 Paper-Enhanced Mortar 109
16 Stonewood: A Love Story 117
17 Woodland Treat 121
18 Cordwood on the Gulf Coast 127
19 A Cordwood and Cob Roundhouse in Wales 133
20 More Cordwood and Cob 139
21 Cordwood in Chile 147
22 One Old and One New in Sweden 151
23 Creating with Stone, Wood, and Light 157
24 The Community Round House at Pompanuck 167
25 A New Home on an Old Foundation 177
26 The Mortgage-free Cordwood Home 183
27 Cordwood and the Building Inspector 193
28 Cordwood and the Code 203
29 Cordwood and the Code: A Case Study 207
30 Cordwood Code Issues: Strength and Insulation 213
Afterword: Where We Go from Here 221
Bibliography 223
Glossary of Terms 227
Index 231
About the Authors 239
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