Lately we have been doing some shows that blend sustainable living and mortgage free DIY home building with a view toward preparedness and disaster resilience.
In today’s show David interviews one of the leading innovators in Cordwood masonry, Mr Rob Roy.
Rob Roy runs the Earthwood Building School at www.cordwoodmasonry.com. Here is an explanation on Cordwood from his website.
“Cordwood masonry is an old building technique whereby walls are constructed of short logs (called “log-ends”) laid up widthwise in the wall within a special mortar matrix. The wall derives excellent insulation and thermal mass characteristics from insulation sandwiched between the inner and outer mortar joints. Cordwood houses are low in cost, use indigenous materials, and are easy and fun to build.”
I think cordwood masonry is beautiful, as well as a very interesting method of construction. Combined with timber framing, I think it would make a wonderful cabin, as well as being something an owner could build mortgage free.
Rob Roy’s Cordwood book is a great book to own and I love talking with him
The show is scheduled for Monday at 10pm central time at this link.
If you cannot listen on Monday, you can always download the podcast for listening at your own leisure.