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The State of the Art
by Rob Roy
Cordwood masonry is an ancient building technique where walls are constructed from "log ends" laid transversely in the wall, the same way that firewood is stacked. Buildings made of cordwood are strikingly beautiful, and with modern building techniques, it is more practical than ever for the owner-builder to build their own home with this method.
Cordwood Building collects the wisdom of more than twenty-five of the world's best practitioners to describe the long history of the method, showing how to build a cordwood home using state of the art techniques such as double walls, Lomax corners, paper-enhanced mortars, and ways of creating round, hexagonal, and other building shapes.
Cordwood buildings from all over the world are featured, including examples from Wales, Chile, and Sweden, and many from Canada and the U.S. With a special emphasis on buiding code issues, Cordwood Building outlines the "5-E" advantages of cordwood buildings: their Ease of construction; Economy, Esthetics, Energy-Efficiency; and Ecological harmony. Well-illustrated, the book will inspire designs and help owner-builders decide whether cordwood masonry is appropriate for their building plans. It will also appeal to contractors wanting to learn a new building technique, building code enforcement officers, and all those interested in natural buildings.
Author/Editor Rob Roy has been building, researching, and teaching about cordwood masonry for 25 years and, with his wife Jaki started the Earthwood Building School in 1981. He has written 10 books on alternative building, and produced four videos, including two about cordwood masonry. He has taught cordwood masonry all over the world.
The Complete Cordwood DVD
The Complete Cordwood DVD demonstrates all aspects of the technique of cordwood masonry, whereby walls are constructed from mortar and "log ends." Packed with practical how-to information, innovative design ideas and inspiring, instructive interviews, this is the only video available on the subject. A great companion to Rob Roy's Cordwood Building, the DVD is essential viewing for those interested in a self-built, low-cost, ecologically sound, energy-efficient and beautiful home.
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