Cordwood Questions and Answers



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Cordwood Questions and Answers

Rob Roy is Director of the Earthwood Building School, which has specialized in cordwood masonry instruction since 1980. Rob and his wife, Jaki, have built four innovative cordwood homes for themselves since 1975, including the Earthwood home where they have lived for over two decades. Earthwood is a 2400 SF two-story round, load-bearing cordwood home, earth-bermed and earth-roofed. Details of construction are in Rob's Complete Book of Cordwood Masonry Housebuilding: The Earthwood Method (Sterling, 1992), one of ten books he is written in the alternative building field. Rob and Jaki have taught cordwood masonry all over North America, as well as in Chile and New Zealand, and have helped dozens of owner-builders with their cordwood projects, including homes, saunas and outbuildings. Earthwood has produced two major videos on cordwood construction, which, with his books, can be accessed through the Earthwood website, or on the Cordwood page here. Rob is considered to be one of the leaders in the field of cordwood construction and earth sheltering. He does individual consultations at a flat rate of $50/hour, but answers questions here without charge.

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