Cordwood Building: The State of the Art

Cordwood Building: The State of the Art

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Edited by Rob Roy

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  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 203mm x 226mm x 18mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2003
  • Publication City/Country: Gabriola Island
  • ISBN 10: 0865714754
  • ISBN 13: 9780865714755
  • Edition statement: Parental Adviso.
  • Illustrations note: 90 Color and B&W illustrations
  • Sales rank: 276,406

Product description

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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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)

Table of contents

Cordwood Masonry: A Vernacular Architectural Tradition; My 25-Year Love Affair with Cordwood Masonry; Cordwood Masonry; Stackwall Construction: The Double Wall Technique; Cliff Shockey; The Lomax Corner; A Round Cordwood House with 16 Sides; Octagons, Hexagons, and Other Shapes; Bottle Designs in a Cordwood Wall; Patterned Cordwood Masonry; Electrical Wiring in Cordwood Masonry Buildings; Using Cement Retarder with Cordwood Masonry; When It Shrinks, Stuff It!; A Mobile Home Converted to Cordwood; A Shop Teachers Approach; Paper-Enhanced Mortar; Stonewood: A Love Story; Woodland Treat; Cordwood on the Gulf Coast; A Cordwood and Cob Roundhouse in Wales; More Cordwood and Cob; Cordwood in Chile; One Old and One New in Sweden; Creating with Stone, Wood, and Light; The Community Round House at Pompanuck; A New Home on an Old Foundation; The Mortgage-free Cordwood Home; Cordwood and the Building Inspector; Cordwood and the Code; Cordwood and the Code: A Case Study; Cordwood Code Issues: Strength and Insulation; Glossary of Terms; Index.