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May 23, 2014 - May 25, 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.