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Cordwood Masonry

August 29, 2014 - August 31, 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 within a new 20-sided cordwood home adjacent to Earthwood. The third afternoon affords an opportunity for students to consult with Rob about their plans, while Jaki maintains order on the worksite. This workshop gives the student a strong introduction to this ancient building technique.

Included: Textbook – Cordwood Building, Lunches, & Gloves

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.

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.

Cancellations: Refunds of deposit will be made if we are notified at least three (3) full weeks in advance of the workshop, and are subject to a $40 cancellation fee. Please call 518-493-7744 (preferred) or 518-578-3102 (in an emergency) to cancel. Sorry, e-mail cancellations are not accepted. 

Maximum Class Size: 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.

Cancellation 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 for cancellations. 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.

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50% Deposit



August 29, 2014
August 31, 2014
$420 – $680
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Earthwood Building School


Earthwood Building School
366 Murtagh Hill Road
West Chazy, 12992 United States
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