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Cordwood Building
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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The Sauna
A Complete Guide to the Construction, Use, and Benefits of the Finish Bath
Revised and Expanded Edition
by Rob Roy

      With a history going back at least one thousand years, the sauna is ready for a new generation of enthusiasts seeking health, pleasure, and peace of mind, and Rob Roy is ready to recruit! "If the sauna is just a bath, then Buckingham Palace is just a house." So writes sauna expert and intrepid do-it-yourselfer Roy in this new, updated version of The Sauna.

      This completely revised and expanded edition of The Sauna contains everything you ever wanted to know about the famous "Finnish bath." In this inviting book, Roy shares his infectious enthusiasm for the sauna and provides a complete, detailed guide to sauna building, along with resources for equipment and supplies.

      The Sauna is replete with history, tradition, health benefits, instructions for proper use and maintenance, as well as step-by-step instructions for building a variety of cordwood masonry saunas.

      Building a cordwood-style sauna is also a great way to practice cordwood masonry techniques. It is a great starter project for anyone wanting to build a cordwood home. New to this edition, Roy has added a section on conventionally wood-framed saunas, which is handy for comparison. But do not be misled into thinking that this book is a "complete guide" to building any kind of sauna. Roy's specialty is cordwood masonry, and this guide will help the reader build a first-class cordwood sauna.

      The beautiful color photographs, also new to this edition, will inspire you to create your own sauna haven. 240 pages. Chelsea Green Publishing Company. 2004. ISBN: 9781931498630.

The Sauna    $30.00    Quantity:


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