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Cordwood Masonry

September 16, 2014 - September 18, 2014

$420 – $680

Three Days. Morning sessions include cordwood theory, slide presentations, explanatory tours, and discussion of the three styles of cordwood construction: built-up corners (stackwall), round houses, and cordwood as infilling within a post-and-beam framework. The kinds of wood and how long to dry them is covered, as well as various alternative mortar mixes. Installing doors and windows is detailed, as is cordwood masonry “special effects.” At Earthwood, students examine several different kinds of cordwood masonry buildings. Afternoons are reserved for practical, hands-on work sessions. At Earthwood, the project will be cordwood infilling at a timber framed building just a half mile from Earthwood. At the Maine workshop in September, the project is cordwood infilling within a small 10′ by 10′ timber frame. This workshop gives the student a strong introduction to this ancient building technique.

Textbook: Cordwood Building.

A detailed information package will be sent upon acceptance of your pre-registration form and payment.

Deposit: A 50% deposit is all that is needed to secure your space. The remainder can be paid at formal registration on the morning of the first day of your workshop.

How to Register: Registration for each workshop will be limited to the first 16 people. Payment: At least one half of the total workshop tuition must accompany the Pre-Registration application. The balance (if any) must be paid prior to the start of the workshop. Formal registration will take place at the classroom from 8:00 to 8:30 A.M. on the day of the workshop. A 50% deposit accompanying the Pre-Registration Form holds your place.

Cancellations: Refunds, less a $40 registration fee, will be made if you notify Rob or Jaki Roy at Earthwood Building School at least three (3) full weeks in advance of the workshop. Call 518-493-7744 or 518-578-3102 (in an emergency) for cancellations. Sorry, Email cancellations are not accepted.

Included: Textbooks, Lunches, Gloves
Rob’s Cordwood Building: The State of the Art is included in tuition for all Cordwood Workshops; Rob’s new Earth-Sheltered Houses for the Earthwood Techniques (foundations and earth sheltering) workshops; and Timber Framing for the Rest of Us for the workshop of the same name. If you have already purchased the textbook from us, another book from our list of equal value may be substituted. Books are sent when you register, so that you can read them ahead of time, your homework assignment! One textbook is supplied per couple. A “couple,” for registration purposes, is defined as two people building together. At cordwood workshops, good quality rubber coated cloth gloves, excellent for cordwood masonry, are given to students at formal registration. Lunches are supplied for all workshop dates.

Information Package: Upon receiving your Pre-Registration Form we will acknowledgee your registration, and send an Info Package consisting of exact course schedules, and a detailed map. (Tuition does not include accommodation.) For off-site accommodation information use these links: campgrounds, B & B’s, and motels.

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50% deposit, balance due at registration


September 16, 2014
September 18, 2014
$420 – $680
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Private Residence
Brunswick , 04011 United States


Earthwood Building School