A Cordwood Construction Community Center

After evaluating multiple approaches, the authors settled on cordwood construction for their school district's planned education and community center.



cordwood construction community center - finished
Not only is the community center of cordwood construction, it's powered by the sun.
PHOTO: RICHARD FLATAU
cordwood home frame
Large logs provide the framing for the cordwood infill.
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placing cordwood
A layer of cordwood building is made of mortar, sawdust and dried wood chunks.
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building cordwood home
The cordwood infill is laid by enthusiastic volunteers.
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cordwood log
The author hefts a dry log suitable for cordwood building.
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cordwood construction community center - spreading mortar
A volunteer smooths the mortar.
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cordwood construction community center - wall detail
You can finish the cordwood walls with odd-shaped logs and stamped inprints.
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cordwood construction community center - big dipper
The glass embedded in the cordwood shows the Big Dipper constellation.
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cordwood horse sleigh
Sleigh rides are offered during some special winter events.
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cordwood energy cycle
This setup shows the amount of electricty generated by bicycle use, comparing incandescent and fluorescent bulbs.
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cordwood interior
The finished interior of the cordwood community/education center.
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cordwood construction community center - becky and richard
Authors and construction consultants Becky and Richard Flatau.
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