October 25, 2016

New book from Earthwood. It was nice to get back from our England/Iceland trip in late September to find my new book Cordwood Building: A Comprehensive Guide to the State of the Art, sitting here waiting for our return. Although the title is similar to my previous book, and the publisher, New Society, calls it a “revised second edition,” this new edition is about 75% all-new material, reflecting developments over the past 13 years, including innovations presented at the 2015 Continental Cordwood Conference held at Earthwood in July of 2015.  The book is now at the top of our list on the Books and Media page. And you can learn a lot more (including a free sample chapter) by clicking on New Society Publisher’s blog page about the book: http://www.newsociety.com/blog/2016/Cordwood-Building-Completely-Revised-and-Updated  (Please order the book from us, though at Books and Media. It helps us keep Earthwood moving forward.)

Price reduction on CoCoCo/15 Collected Papers. Fair disclosure: Eight of the 2015 Papers were totally reworked and included in Cordwood Building, described above. But the other 17 Papers were not. Cordwood enthusiasts who buy both books may be a bit miffed about the repetition. Therefore, we have decided to reduce the cost of the CoCoCo/15 Papers by exactly the amount of the repetition. The Papers are now $17, instead of $25, and are listed second on our Books and Media page, right below the new Cordwood Building. 

Our 2017 Workshop Schedule is now set. You can see it in the column just to the right of this Newsletter. The dates and offerings are very similar to our usual schedule. The main difference is that we will be kicking off the season with a Timber Framing for the Rest of Us workshop May 19-21. Some Timber Framing students might like to stick around for the Cordwood Workshop that begins on Friday, May 26. With Montreal, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks all within an hour’s drive, there is plenty to do, so combine workshops with a vacation. Stay at Earthwood at a very reasonable price. Please click on Workshops for the full schedule, descriptions, and info on accommodations at Earthwood.

Possible Megalithics 101 workshop. Quite a few people have expressed an interest in doing a megalithics workshop in 2017. Please contact us by phone, mail or email if you are interested. we need ten students to make this fly. The most likely time for it would be mid-August of 2017 and we will go “back to the basics” to show how the ancients could have moved and erected giant stones by human power. The project would be raising a 3-ton capstone and placing it on three standing stones, creating a Celtic dolmen.