Richard Flatau, Cordwood Homebuilder
Name: Richard Flatau
Occupation: Director at Cordwood Construction Resources LLC (cordwood consulting, writing, workshops and building); Retired elementary special education school teacher
Place of Residence: Merrill, Wisconsin
Background and Personal History: Thirty-four years ago, Richard and his wife, Becky, built their mortgage-free cordwood home in northern Wisconsin. Since then, as directors of Cordwood Construction Resources, the couple has written books, conducted workshops, organized the 2005 Cordwood Conference and provided consultation for potential cordwood builders.
There are three cordwood projects (not including their home) that Richard and Becky consider highlights of their careers in cordwood building: The Cordwood Education Center, a classroom and nature center for our school district, in Merrill, Wisconsin; the White Earth Reservation Cordwood home project in Naytahwaush, Minnesota; and the Cordwood Chapel at the Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture near Fountain City, Wisconsin.
In 2014, Richard and Becky are running a full slate of workshops and private mortar training sessions throughout the country. They continue to research and experiment with new and better ways to make cordwood accessible as a viable choice for "wannabe" homeowners.
Current Projects: Richard has completed cordwood building projects at Kinstone Cordwood Chapel and at a Stomping Moose Farm Workshop. He’s also written articles for New Pioneer and Owner-Builder Magazine and is working on a chapter for a book on the uses of cedar in home construction.
Other Fun Facts: When Richard and Becky built their cordwood home in Lincoln County, Wisconsin, they were the first to build with cordwood in the area. Now, 34 years later, there are 21 cordwood homes and buildings. They hosted the most successful Continental Cordwood Conference in 2005 at the Merrill High School that drew 227 participants from all over the world. Here is the link a summary of the event.
More Places to Find Richard on the Web:
The Nauhaus blog
If you google Richard Flatau, you will find many other links to articles and posts he has written.