The framework for the Cordwood Chapel is a hexagon with a partially thatched roof. There is a stone wall for the first 24″.
The workshop crew after three days of cordwood infilling. We are using Northern White Cedar and Red Pine .The Mississippi River is running through the wall with blue and green bottle ends. Stones and rocks and smooth glass are also being inserted as we mortar.
In order to not have the sun’s drying raise hit the mortar directly as we lay mortar, we have tarped the building to make sure we mortar in the shade. Each evening we cover the cordwood with tarps to slow the set and cure. Here we are adding a window buck (box) to hold a window once the building is finished. Cliff is showing us how to use a string to level all four windows. Right next to the Cordwood Chapel is a huge megalithic stone circle and a labyrinth. It is a very special place.
Learning the cordwood technique takes practice, but these good people learned quickly and well.
If you are interested in finding out more about cordwood construction go to: www.corwdoodconstruction.org