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Message by Richard Flatau on February 06 2009 at 8:54 am   -  forum moderator
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Howdy,

 Here are a few cordwood pictures to warm your hearts during these cold winter months.

  The first is a Cottage Garden Shed built by Tom & Mary Barchacky of Green Bay, Wisconsin.   Most of the materials are, in Tom's words" repurposed" from the curb and donated from friends.  The bottom row of cordwood has some red heart cedar mixed in from a neighbor who has a tree surgery business.  The arched door is 40 years old and was donated by a friend.  If Tom is visiting daycreek, I would welcome his explanation of the picture.  The front window was found in an alley in Milwaukee.  This is such a great looking building.

  I am now including Tom's photos and explanation in my Cordwood Pole Shed Plan's booklet.  People are so creative and coming up with new ideas all the time.  Cordwood is such a great artistic medium, it allows for individual expression.

  Happy Trails and Stay warm,

Richard Flatau    

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

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Message by Richard Flatau on February 06 2009 at 9:00 am   -  forum moderator
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Here is a picture, sent by a friend, of a gorgeous door on a beautiful cordwood home.

   Some of the glass work, are masks from the owner's faces. The nautical port hole in the middle door is a clever addition.  Lots of good things in this picture.  The iron door hinges and handle are unique.

    Enjoy,

Richard Flatau 

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

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Message by Shiny on March 08 2009 at 9:44 pm  
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Awesome pics!

Were gonna be building a cabin soon here at our place. Might even make it a  lil saloon. These pictures are great inspiration. I love the little shed.

 



-Shiny

Message by Richard Flatau on April 11 2009 at 8:59 am   -  forum moderator
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  Here is an excellent picture of a cordwood motif in a wall in British Columbia.  I want to thank Todd Ashley for turning me on to this and other photos that will be posted soon.  Thanks Todd! 



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Richard Flatau

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Message by MegDCL on April 12 2009 at 7:03 pm  
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Man, that's some awesome log laying and pointing! Do the "rays" go all the way through the wall?

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Message by Richard Flatau on April 13 2009 at 9:19 am   -  forum moderator
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Hi Andy,

   Didn't they do a fine job on that wall!   "Do the "rays" go all the way through?"  I honestly don't know, since this picture was sent to me.   It could be done either way.    All the way through or just for effect on the inside.  If these are 16" walls (which I assume they are) it would be quite a craftsman that could fashion those ray pieces to be 16". 

    If they were just 3" pieces (for interior effect) it would be a good idea to embed them in the mortar with some mechanic means (nails, brads, staples), so they wouldn't loosen.

    The one person who did this and went all the way through with "sunflower spokes" was John Meilian of Copper Harbor, MI.  He did it on a pump house with 12" cedar walls.  It has a pleasant, dramatic effect, don't you think?

 



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Richard Flatau

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Message by Richard Flatau on April 13 2009 at 9:42 am   -  forum moderator
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 Here is a picture of Alan Adolphson's beautiful cordwood home in Maine.   He wanted to send one that had some color.   His other photos are listed in the Forum Archives.  To find them, do a search using the term:  Stunning Cordwood Craftsmanship.



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Richard Flatau

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Message by Richard Flatau on April 13 2009 at 9:45 am   -  forum moderator
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And another:    I tried to mess with this one to get the cordwood to stand out, but the sun is just too bright.   This is all 14" Aspen.   All load bearing with Great Stuff foam for insulation and "true arches" around some of the windows.  Alan has some serious building skills.    Good form!

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Richard Flatau

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Message by Mountain Man on April 13 2009 at 1:31 pm  
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The Sun-Rays are fantastic. Really make's you think how that is possible. I suppose it may be less work to do 3 or 4" interior only slabs but that positioning is excellent. One would have to use a pattern/ template while laying up this wall. Would it also be possible Possible to fabricate matching 4" slabs for the exterior wall then align and secure them all together as one unit and then infill as the wall goes up ? I love seeing other peoples creativity in all these photo's, thank's for posting them Richard.

Sam from Seattle

Message by Richard Flatau on April 14 2009 at 9:48 am   -  forum moderator
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Hi Sam,

    I think that your suggestion of fabricating matching 4" slabs might be valuable, especially if trying to mill a 16" piece of "ray" without specific woodshop tools. 

   When we have done special wall designs it has proved very helpful to draw the design on a piece of plastic (at least 3 mil) and then staple it to the top plate.  Then roll it up and mark (on an adjoining post) where the first piece of special wood or bottle end will go (we did this with our Big Dipper wall and it worked maginificently).

  As we approached the "mark" we would unroll the plastic, locate what piece needed to be place where, put it in, and roll the plastic back up.   It was a bit time consuming, but the "to scale" Big Dipper looks like it's up there in the sky, complete with crook in the handle and the double star (in the crook).    http://daycreek.com/dc/asp/forum2002/display_topic_threads.asp?ForumID=2&TopicID=1936

  Thank you for your kind comments.

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau   http://www.daycreek.com/dc/html/dcrflatau3.stm

   


Message by Richard Flatau on April 16 2009 at 8:43 am   -  forum moderator
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   It's Spring here in the northern Midwest, so here are a few more.  Thank you Alan for sending these url's along.

 

 

I don't know where this is.   It was sent to me by Todd Ashley (Thank you Todd!), but he thinks it might be in western Canada.  Those Canadians sure do nice work!

Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau http://www.daycreek.com/dc/html/dcrflatau3.stm


Message by Richard Flatau on April 16 2009 at 8:44 am   -  forum moderator
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Another one from what Todd thinks is western Canada.  Perhaps BC or Alberta.

 



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Richard Flatau

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Message by Clareview Dave on April 16 2009 at 1:09 pm  
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I believe the house with the wrap around porch is in Tofield Alberta. Not sure who built it but the original photo is at least 7 years old.

Message by hannah montana on May 05 2009 at 2:30 pm  
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Thanks for the amazing photos-It is such a treat to see how everyone is so different but very artistic. I just loved the first little Fairy house.

Thanks again-

Hannah montana (the real one)


Message by MegDCL on May 07 2009 at 6:40 pm  
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Amazing pics! The purlin to roof details look unique in that second pic. Construction pics would be neat..

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Message by Richard Flatau on May 07 2009 at 7:38 pm   -  forum moderator
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Hey Andrew,

  Here is the link to Alan Adolphsen's cordwood construction pictures.  It may answer some of your questions, if this is the picture you were talking about.

  http://www.midcoast.com/~adolphsn/alan's/

 



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Richard Flatau

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Message by MegDCL on May 07 2009 at 9:12 pm  
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Actually, I was referring to this one, but those pics were incredible--thanks for the link!
Quote: Originally posted by Richard Flatau on April 16 2009



I've just never seen the blocking over the purlins like that before.

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Message by Richard Flatau on May 22 2009 at 7:37 pm   -  forum moderator
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Here is a beautiful shed from Dana.   There is also an explanation of the size and some information at the end.   It is so cool that people get creative with cordwood and their sense of accomplishment is so profound.   Anyone who has built something feels that sense of pride.  This was also inspired by the Stiles Shed book.

 Dana writes:  "i would be honored to be on daycreek.  my inspiration came from the cover of david stiles book called Sheds.  He called it an irish garden shed.  my friend calls it a fairyland castle for the little people among us.  it is a shed right now-lawnmower, tools, deep storage in loft.  i hope one day that i can finish the other projects around here build a simpler shed and turn this one into a practice room/slash hangout. it does have one electric outlet.
 the outside dimensions are 10'x12' it is 9' at the top of the head plate which a roof pitch of about 8.5.  it sits on a 4"-6" thick pad. the timbers are all 6"x6" and 4"x6" red pine. i screwed up one of the cuts and had to get another timber milled.  it is hemlock. the sill is 6"x6" black locust.  the logs are black locust as is the door and the 4"x4" joists for the loft. the roof is hand-split western red cedar.  the deck of the loft and the boards on the gables are white pine. the door handle is cherry and apple wood. the windows are out of an old colonial home. 

i learned that it is more work than most could imagine. i did a lot of it under the lights at night.  david stiles shed is smaller than mine-8'x10' and 6'8" at the head plate.  he says to figure about a day per side.  yeah, right him and what crew?  i wouldn't figure a day per side when working alone, that's for sure.  one of the most difficult parts was that i wasn't working with good ergonomics too often. it was especially tough up under the head plate.  if i had made the shed shorter like stiles it would have been easier. i am glad that i have the extra space above though.  if i made the building smaller with a more gentle roof pitch i would have considered a live roof.  

gotta get to sleep.  i'll share some more in the future.    peace"


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Richard Flatau

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Message by Richard Flatau on May 26 2009 at 10:44 am   -  forum moderator
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   Wayne Higgins is a dear friend, an excellent cordwood mason, and a fantastic artist "to boot."

   He sent me the following picture of a cordwood Irish cottage shed.   I expect to see gnomes and such coming out of the side doors.  It has an air of whimsy about it.   It was part of a garden show in, I believe Providence, Rhode Island in 2002.     This picture is used with permission.   



Happy Trails,

Richard Flatau

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Message by Richard Flatau on May 26 2009 at 11:42 am   -  forum moderator
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Wayne Higgins in the man!  Here is another of his web discoveries!  

    The link to this blog is http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://i528.photobucket.com/albums/dd323/camaria_photos/Our%2520Irish%2520Shed/shed4.jpg&imgrefurl=http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cottage/msg111319003025.html&usg=__dZS543rix8aT6gZVIvrHsEWa9O4=&h=768&w=1024&sz=277&hl=en&start=32&um=1&tbnid=urRA-93uI-IFQM:&tbnh=113&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dirish%2Bcottage%2Bgardens%26ndsp%3D18%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D18%26um%3D1

  The pictures and project are by Camaria.   Very nice work!  She used David Stiles book "Sheds."  Which appears to be an inspiration of many of the buildings on this post.



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Richard Flatau

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