Category Archives: Uncategorized

New news as of October 2, 2017

Wow, it has been over three months since we updated our Newsletter. Sorry.  We’ve had a very busy season! We did a Timber Framing for the Rest of Us workshop with Bruce and Nancy Kilgore in May, followed by cordwood and earth-sheltered workshops at their beautiful home in May, July and September.  Bruce and Nancy are great instructors. Workshops were very well attended, even though it was not a good summer for weather … until the past couple of weeks, when an excellent Indian Summer has provided us with a fine vacation at Mushwood, our cottage at Chateaugay Lake. Now, we are getting ready for our Fall Open House. (See below.)  Our 2018 schedule is similar to 2017, although we will not be doing a Timber Framing workshop in 2018.

Stop Press! As of today, October 2nd, we have added our 2018 Workshop Schedule to this website. It is now possible to register for 2018 workshops. 

Open House, Saturday, October 7, 2017

Our fall Open House at Earthwood is on Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p,m. This free event showcases a variety of green building techniques.  See a dozen different cordwood masonry buildings, several living roofs, earth-sheltered housing, , the masonry stove, the sauna, bicycle powered water system, off-the-grid solar electric system, raised bed gardening and the Earthwood stone circle  The complete tour takes almost two hours, so be sure to arrive by 2 p.m.  366 Murtagh Hill Road, West Chazy, NY.  For Directions, click on

On the same day, Bruce and Nancy Kilgore are having open house tours at their beautiful Ravenwood homestead, just 17 miles from Earthwood. Tour both places on the same day. (Ravenwood is one of the most beautiful cordwood homes in the world!) They are staying open until 6 pm, so you can come to Earthwood – we close at 4 pm – and then move over to Ravenwood. Their address is 442 Nashville Road, Saranac, NY 12981.

Update: October 9, 2017   Our Open House was a great success!  Over 100 people toured the campus.  Kelly O’Brien from WCAX (Channel 3) did an article about us the day before, but it did not appear until two days after the Open House, on October 9th. But it was pretty good, runs just over two minutes. Here is a direct link to it:     You might have to copy and paste the URL.  Or go to Earthwood Building School Facebook page.