By Rob Roy

Cordwood masonry is an old development procedure wherein partitions are comprised of "log ends" laid transversely within the wall. it is simple, comparatively cheap, aesthetically extraordinary, energy-efficient, and environmentally sound.

Cordwood construction collects the knowledge of greater than 25 of the world’s most sensible practitioners, detailing the lengthy background of the tactic, and demonstrating how one can construct a cordwood domestic utilizing the most recent and most modern concepts, with a distinct concentrate on development code issues.

Author/editor Rob Roy has been development, studying, and educating approximately cordwood masonry for 25 years and, along with his spouse, begun Earthwood construction tuition in 1981. He has written 10 books on substitute development, offered 4 videos—including approximately cordwood masonry—and has taught cordwood masonry all around the world.

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But keep in mind that the same technique can be adapted to other available dimensions, such as 4-by-6-inch or 6-by-6-inch. Whatever you use, uniformity is important. THE LOMAX CORNER • 45 Step 1: Make a materials list. Four-by-four material is usually purchased in 8-foot lengths. It's quite easy to figure how many lengths you will need. Simply take the height you plan to build your wall- in inches and divide that by 6 inches. For example: With an 8foot (96-inch) wall, divide 96 inches by 6 inches, which gives 16 pieces.

Since that day, I have been involved in the construction of quite a few other stackwallcornered structures . and I wouldn't use anything else. In 2001, I helped build a home in New Brunswick using this method. The Lomax Corner not only speeds construction, it also makes for a much more energy-efficient junction. " With the Lomax method, the two mortar walls are totally isolated from each other by the insulating material. Let's examine the construction, step by step. For the purposes of this example, we'll assume 16-inch-thick (40-centimeter-thick) walls and corner units made from full-sized, rough-cut 4-bY-4-inch timbers.

Incidentally, wood dries ten times faster on end-grain than through its outer layers. Therefore, the real drying takes place after longer logs are cut into their final log-end length. If you don't see a split (called a "check") on the outside of a IO-footlong (3-meter-long) log that has been "lying around for three years," the chances are it is still going to do a lot of drying and checking after it is cut into short pieces. Split wood also dries faster than unsplit wood. Dry the wood in single ranks, kept off the ground on wooden stringers or pallets.

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