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Cordwood in California

What good fortune to find an excellent timber framer who infills with cordwood.  Nick Kautzer is that framer/builder and is located in Tuolumne, CA.

Nick Kautzer is a fine craftsman and cordwood mason. He has a wonderful “eye” for detail and his buildings flow into their surroundings.
Nick’s website lists the following:  “We specialize in timber framing, custom furniture, and stone masonry to cultivate timeless, naturally beautiful craftsmanship.  We  are dedicated to utilizing sustainable and locally sourced materials to create long-lasting quality products.”

 


Interior corner with framing, bottle ends and red cedar.
This is also from Nick’s website.  “Hello, I am Nick Kautzer, designer and builder of timber framing, stone masonry, furniture, rock walls, patios and doors. I also create cordwood structures such as Cupolas, green houses and additions to existing structures. Custom designs for furniture to homes are always welcome. Talk to me about your ideas or share some pictures with me to explore the possibilities. My passion for building with natural materials stems back to my father who is a master of fine cabinetry.”

As you can see Nick is an artist with his framing, window placement and cordwood.

Cordwood when done properly, is such a visual feast.


The door sends a warm and inviting message.
If this appeals to you and you want to use Nick’s services, please contact him at:

 

Email: :kautzercraftsmanship@yahoo.com
http://www.kautzercraftsmanship.com


“If you have a project in mind that is not listed above you are welcome to contact me.  I am happy to collaborate on unique projects.”  -Nick
For more information on Cordwood Construction go to

http://www.cordwoodconstruction.org

Cordwood Construction Best Practices is the latest book on cordwood construction and has over 259 color photos, diagrams and drawings to lead an owner/builder from floor plans to occupancy.

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Idaho City Cordwood 22 acres

Here is a 22 acre mountain parcel near Idaho City, Idaho that has two cordwood cabins, a yurt-sized, timber-framed cabin with built-ins, 2 tepees, a spacious and luxurious wall tent with wood stove and great southern mountain views. [Thanks to friend Geoff Jordan for telling me about this parcel.]<a I don’t really know anything about the property, so please don’t consider this an endorsement.   The reason I am showing it, is because of the visual attractiveness of the cordwood buildings.


There are many more pictures and information at the Real Estate link

http://silvercreekrealty.net/idx/mls-98532130-4629_highway_21_idaho_city_id_83631


For additional information about books and articles on cordwood construction go to  http://cordwoodconstruction.org/

Or email me at   richardflatau@gmail.com

Kinstone Chapel July 13-14, 2013; Cordwood walls continue their ascent

Kinstone Chapel July 13-14, 2013; Cordwood walls continue their ascent

Kinstone Chapel

Kinstone Chapel

Another group of talented, interesting and wonderful folks attended the Cordwood Workshop at the Kinstone Chapel near Fountain City, Wisconsin on July 13-14, 2013 to continue the building of the chapel’s cordwood walls.  As you may know, this Chapel is being built using the symbols/motifs from the Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon.

Here are a slew of pictures of mixing mud, screening sawdust, building walls, tuck pointing, covering walls, conversing, concentrating, eating and generally having a grand ol’ time.

Mixing a good cordwood mud...chop, chop, chop went the hoe.

Mixing a good cordwood mud…chop, chop, chop went the hoe.

Some people are all smiles and giggles when they are cordwooding!

 

Some people are all smiles and giggles when they are cordwooding!

Even certified organic farmer's get a kick out of tuck pointing.

 

Even certified organic farmer’s get a kick out of tuck pointing.

Folks got serious about building a best practices cordwood wall.

 

Folks got serious about building a best practices cordwood wall.

A time for learning...

A time for learning…

Screening the sawdust to weed out the big pieces.  This will be for insulation and the mortar mix.

 

Screening the sawdust to weed out the big pieces. This will be for insulation and the mortar mix.

 

A time for demonstrating...

 

A time for demonstrating…

 

A good perspective of a cordwood wall under construction.

 

A good perspective of a cordwood wall under construction.

Some folks take to mortar mixing like ducks to water!

 

Some folks take to mortar mixing like ducks to water!

"It's getting to the point..."

 

“It’s getting to the point…”

A thousand designs are rolling around in that pretty little head:0)

 

A thousand designs are rolling around in that pretty, curly little head:0)

Discussions over excellent meals lead to plan improvements.

 

Discussions over excellent meals lead to plan improvements.

 

John brought his solar telescope so we could see sun spots and his evening telescope so we could view Saturn and the craters on the moon.  Amazing!  Thank you John.

 

John brought his solar telescope so we could see sun spots and his evening telescope so we could view Saturn and the craters on the moon. Amazing! Thank you John.

Mixing mortar, adding the right amount of water is critical.

 

Mixing mortar, adding the right amount of water is critical.

 

Every one has a choice of a dust mask or a bandana  when mixing lime insulation and mortaring, most choose the bandana.  I feel like the Lone Ranger when I wear mind:0)

 

Every one has a choice of a dust mask or a bandana when mixing lime insulation and mortaring, most choose the bandana. I feel like the Lone Ranger when I wear mine:0)

 

We even had snacks on site!  Here Cook 'Par Excellence' Dorothy receives a hug from instructoress Becky for a delicious piece of Mona's fresh baked bread with Joerg's home harvested honey!  Ummm Good!

 

We even had snacks on site! Here Cook ‘Par Excellence’ Dorothy receives a hug from ‘instructoress’ Becky for a delicious piece of Mona’s fresh baked bread with Joerg’s home harvested honey! Ummm Good!

 

This is the bottle and log end wall that will surround the entrance way to the Chapel.  Our two cordwood wood mason's are very pleased with their work (and so are we!)

 

This is the bottle and log end wall that will surround the entrance way door to the Chapel. Our two cordwood wood mason’s are very pleased with their work (and so are we!)

 

A dragonfly...takes a bit of forethought. A dragonfly…takes a bit of forethought.Brother Fire is one of the design motifs.

 

Brother Fire is one of the design motifs.

 

Covering the walls at day's end is a very important practice to ensure a slow set and cure of the mortar.

 

Covering the walls at day’s end is a very important practice to ensure a slow set and cure of the mortar.

For information on natural building workshop and permaculture design courses go to http://kinstonecircle.com/

For information on Cordwood Construction books, workshops, consultations and literature go to http://cordwoodconstruction.org/

Or contact Richard Flatau, author of Cordwood Construction Best Practices at richardflatau@gmail.com or Flato@aol.com

Clarke Snell holds forth on Cordwood and other alternative methods

Here are some photos of Clarke when he spoke to our Cordwood Workshop at Love’s Organic Farm in September of 2007 near Marshall, North Carolina. We then followed him to his Building Green Cottage site where he gave the class a tour and explanation of the various wall types (cordwood, cob, strawbale, earthen plaster, and a living roof) and delineated their pros and cons. It was a very interesting visit.

Clarke giving an explanation of the cob and cordwood wall
The synergy of the cob and cordwood wall. Sweet!
The cordwood wall with large overhang
Clarke explains how to build a living roof like a fine cabinet maker
Which log end "face" should go here :0)
Creative cordwood wall building
Learning to build the right way using a best practices approach

Star pupils building a wall with smiles

Flowers & cordwood with Tulip Poplar

Folks had a great time learning alternative building in North Carolina

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. We have more workshops coming up in Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Please stay tuned to for further information.

Richard Flatau

http://www.cordwoodconstruction.org

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