Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Little Cordwood Barn

Hey Everybody!

Popping in with some pictures to share of the cordwood barn we're building:

We built a floating foundation with rammed tires and tamped earthbags.

Then we stuccoed over them with cement.

And now we're doing the cordwood! Yay. It's so fun to be back to playing in the mud. Some of you know we built our house this way, and it was sooo much fun. I love building with these natural, free materials. I can imagine the boy Jesus and his parents working to build a dwelling the same way, with the adobe. I bet He loved doing it too. :)

We're building this one load bearing, which means the cordwood will be supporting the roof. The corners are stacked like a self supported firewood pile.

Theresa and Annie are our official pointers. Their job is to come back after we've finished laying a section of wall and smooth the surface of the cob with bent butter knives. They are very efficient at their job, let me tell you! I can't hold a candle to their talent for pointing. :)

I know it's been 6 weeks since I've blogged and this is a rather pathetic catch up note, but it's all I have time for at the moment. As you can see, we've been keeping busy! With construction on the barn, working, weeding, watering, harvesting and putting up the garden, shearing the sheep, cleaning out the animal pens, putting up firewood, playing with the horses and trimming their hooves, berry picking, and biking to the lake in the evenings to swim, we've been keeping ourselves pretty busy and out of trouble. :D Life's an ongoing daily adventure... I just wish I had time to record it all! Tho, I figure I'd rather spend my time livin' it than writing about it, so that's what I've been doing! :D (But I'll continue to write when I can. ;) )

God Bless you all! :D


  1. Very interesting. My husband and I are building a straw bale house. We looked into cord wood structures. I look forward to following your progress on the barn......Teresa from Red Maple Roost

  2. Could you update us on your barn? We are very interested and would like to see more.


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