Image: front cover  Pre-Order
        for 20% discount
  •  CDN $39.99 
  •  USD $39.99 

Paperback – 144 pages
8.5 Inches × 11 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 415 Grams
BISAC: HOUSE & HOME / Do-It-Yourself / General
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865718524
Pub. Date: 2018-01-01

About the Author

Rob Roy

Rob Roy has been building, researching and teaching about cordwood masonry for four decades. Widely recognized as a world leading authority on cordwood construction, Rob started Earthwood Building School in 1981 to train builders in the latest cordwood building methods. He has authored and edited a dozen books on alternative and natural building including the first edition of Cordwood Building, Timber Framing for the Rest of Us, Earth-Sheltered Houses, and Stoneview. Rob has also presented four videos, including two about cordwood masonry and has taught cordwood masonry all over the world.

view author profile

Essential Cordwood Construction

The Complete Step-by-Step Guide

by Rob Roy



Cordwood construction — log-ends set in insulated mortar — is a versatile, economical, low-impact, and beautiful building method. Its durability and performance has been proven in beautiful, centuries-old buildings in North America and Europe.

Yet until now, there has been no trusted, practical guide to cordwood construction using the material in a wide variety of construction projects.

Distilling decades of experience and best practices, Essential Cordwood Construction is the first fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to cordwood building. Ideal for the DIYer and professional designer and builder alike, it covers:

  • Wood species selection, log-end length, and seasoning
  • Cement, lime putty, and cob mortar options
  • Wall cavity insulation options
  • Budgeting and estimating
  • Highly illustrated, step-by-step building techniques
  • Window and door frame installation
  • Pointing and chinking, finishing, and plastering
  • Special designs and decorative features
  • Code references, compliance, building science, and best practices
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance
This book is part of the Sustainable Building Essential Series. You can subscribe to the series here to receive sneak peeks, book excerpts and special offers. 

You might also enjoy

The EcoNest Home

The EcoNest Home

Designing and Building a Light Straw Clay House

Full colour throughout

An EcoNest is not just a home – it is a breathtakingly beautiful structure that nurtures health and embraces ecology. This …

view title info
Making Better Buildings

Making Better Buildings

A Comparative Guide to Sustainable Construction for Homeowners and Contractors

From foundation to finish, a wealth of information is available on sustainable construction methods - entire volumes have been published on …

view title info
Green Home Building

Green Home Building

Money-Saving Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-Performance Home

According to conventional wisdom, building a green home is an expensive endeavor. The standard approach treats green as an add-on, tacking "premium" …

view title info
Prescriptions for a Healthy House, 3rd Edition

Prescriptions for a Healthy House, 3rd Edition

A Practical Guide for Architects, Builders & Home Owners

Although there is nothing complicated about constructing healthier homes, building for health is still not standard practice, and in fact there are …

view title info
Green Remodeling

Green Remodeling

Changing the World One Room at a Time

Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every …

view title info