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CONTINENTAL CORDWOOD CONFERENCE 2015
July 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - July 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm$190.00 – $340.00
5th Continental Cordwood Conference, July 10-12, 2015 at Earthwood
CoCoCo/15 is just a month away, but there’s still time to register.
Latest update as of June 2, 2015. All 25 Papers have been submitted and bound into a 136-page all color collection, free to all attendees at the conference (one copy per couple.. You can see a complete list of the Papers at the bottom of this page. Most of the authors will be in attendance to present their papers and answer questions.
What’s it all about?
Here’s some recent cordwood masonry history – the last quarter century – focusing on the four Continental Cordwood Conferences so far. The first was held at Earthwood Building School in West Chazy, NY on July 9-10, 1994, thus: CoCoCo/94. There were just over 100 people in attendance for the two-day event, which included talks and demonstrations by the late “Cordwood Jack” Henstridge, Cliff Shockey, Richard Flatau, Rob Roy and many others. Tours of several cordwood homes made for a busy and informative Sunday afternoon.
Earthwood, about the year 2000, before a new sun room was added to the second story.
Five years later, August 21-22, 1999, the Pompanuck Farm Institute in Cambridge, NY, hosted the second conference: CoCoCo/99. Attendees were rewarded with cutting edge developments in cordwood masonry. Henstridge and Roy were back, and joined by such cordwood luminaries as Geoff Huggins, Kris Dick and Jim Juczak: Lomax stackwall corners, electric in cordwood, multi-sided buildings, cement retarder, and paper-enhanced mortar were just some of the topics discussed.
In 2005, Richard and Becky Flatau hosted CoCoC/05, July 30-31, 2005, at Merrill, Wisconsin. A hotbed of cordwood construction, Merrill was the perfect place for the conference, and the conference was highlighted by tours of around a dozen different homes in the area. But great papers and presentations came out of CoCoCo/05 as well,, including several case studies, and more technical papers on subjects ranging from Log End Treatment and Insulation Techniques (Sandy Clidaras) to new material about papercrete (or “paper-enhanced mortar”) from Jim Juczak and Alan Stankevitz. The Continental Cordwood Conference Papers (2005) and Cordwood and the Code (both still available) came out of CoCoCo/05 and continue to help cordwood builders with techniques and with code issues.
Another six years went by before the fourth Continental Cordwood Conference was held on June 11-12, 2011. Organized by Dr. Kris Dick, P.E., and sponsored by the University of Manitoba Engineering Department, this was the first CoCoCo in Canada. The papers – delivered in person, on video, and sent in from afar – were up to the usual quality. Cordwood in Sweden and Norway (Olle Hagman), Double Stackwall/Balewall (Clint Cannon) and Slipforms and Cordwood (Grant Nicholson) on video were very entertaining. Again, there was a good mix of new case studies and technical papers. A Cordwood Kiosk Entrance Center (image above left) was built for the University’s Alternative Village, and featured various cordwood techniques, mortar mixes and insulation methods. The 2011 CoCoCo Papers are still available from Earthwood and elsewhere.
CoCoCo/15. From Friday evening (July 10th) through Sunday (July 12th). the Continental Cordwood Conference returns to the place of its birth, Earthwood Building School, West Chazy, New York. The schedule: Friday night is the Introductory Ceremony and a “Meet and Greet” at Meron’s Bar, an old Plattsburgh staple. Saturday is the Keynote Address (Richard Flatau), papers presented by their authors, and a panel discussion with Q and A. (Breakfast and lunch provided.) There will be a silent auction with various special design features you might want to put into your cordwood walls. Saturday evening is a banquet by the Stone Circle at Earthwood, indoors if rain. Sunday morning is demonstrations, and a tour of cordwood masonry on Murtagh Hill. After a provided lunch, the afternoon is devoted to cordwood house tours within a 40-minute ride. Here are some of the places to see:
So, please: It’s not to late to register! CoCoCo/15 is priced to be affordable to all. With four meals provided for each registrant – and the bound copy of the Collected Papers – the registration fee of $190 for an individual ($340 per couple) is a good deal indeed. We want people to come! (A “couple” is two people registering together. One copy of the Papers per couple.)
Here is a listing of all 25 Papers for CoCoCo/15:
Cordwood Houses, Case Studies: Cordwood in Oklahoma is OK (Alan Barreca, with Richard Flatau); Timber Frame Cordwood Home (Roberta & Kim Barham); A Round and a Round We Go (Sandy Clidaras); Project of a Lifetime (Patrick and Beth Goulee); Cordwood at Cedar Eden (Tom Huber); Ravenwood: Let’s Review (Bruce Kilgore and Nancy Dow)
Cordwood Masonry with Small Buildings: Kinstone Chapel: Cordwood, Stone and Thatch (Kristine Beck); Rendezvous Cabin (Beth and Eric Carlberg); Adirondack Cordwood Cabin (Rarilee and James Conway); Cordwood Masonry: Green Building Opportunity (Kelly Hart); My Cordwood Construction Evolution (Geoff Huggins); Korean Soil/Cordwood Houses (Richard Flatau); The Hermit’s Hut (Rob Roy); La Casa del Trunco, Nicaragua (Rob Roy); Bull Nose Cabin (Lonnie J. Sobeck)
Large Cordwood Buildings: Cordwood Classrooms in Guatemala (Richard and Becky Flatau); The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (Studio Gang Architects)
Technical Papers, Other: Cordwood Flooring and More (Richard and Becky Flatau); Reverse Alchemy: Cordwood Siding (Richard and Becky Flatau); Wood Masonry in Sweden (Olle Hagman); Cordwood Design Considerations with Cordwood (Jim Juczak); Special Design Features at Driftwood (Darin Roy); Forty Years of Cordwood: Some Lessons Learned (Jaki Roy); Cordwood to Mortar Ratio (Rob Roy); Stackwall Corners: Upsides and Down (Rob Roy)
Earthwood, 366 Murtagh Hill Road, West Chazy, NY 12992
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Rob and Jaki Roy
Founders of Earthwood Building School (1981)
Hosts of the first Continental Cordwood Conference (1994)
The following collections of papers from the past two cordwood conferences are still available from Earthwood and others. See also Rob’s Cordwood Building: The State of the Art, for updated versions of the best papers from the first two conferences. Click on Books and Media.