Cordwood Masonry -
Three Days, (see dates above.). Morning sessions include
cordwood theory, slide presentations, explanatory tours, and
discussion of the three styles of cordwood construction:
built-up corners (stackwall), round houses, and cordwood as
infilling within a post-and-beam framework. The kinds of
wood and how long to dry them is covered, as well as various
alternative mortar mixes. Installing doors and windows is
detailed, as is cordwood masonry "special effects." At
Earthwood, students examine several different kinds of
cordwood masonry buildings. Afternoons are reserved for
practical, hands-on work sessions. At Earthwood, the project
will be cordwood infilling within a new 20-sided cordwood
home adjacent to Earthwood.. The third afternoon affords an
opportunity for students to consult with Rob about their
plans, while Jaki maintains order on the worksite. This
workshop gives the student a strong introduction to this
ancient building technique. Textbook: Cordwood Building.
Techniques - One Day. (In 2014: May 26 &
September 1 in NY) Low-cost foundations and
earth-sheltering methods used at the Earthwood house are
emphasized, accenting surface bonded wall construction and
plank-and-beam roofing. The five elements that affect load
calculations are discussed. Alternative foundations,
drainage and waterproofing, insulation, structural
considerations and the masonry stove are all covered. An
explanatory tour of the Earthwood house is included, as well
as a step-by-step slide presentation documenting the
construction of Earthwood from floating slab foundation to
earth roof. Textbook: Earth-Sheltered Houses. This is a very full day,
consisting of mostly classroom instruction. Like all of our
workshops, sessions are punctuated by Jaki's excellent
coffee and tea breaks featured home-baked goodies, and her
hearty vegetarian lunches. (In NY only. We provide coffee
breaks and lunches at other workshops, too, but not Jaki's.)
Workweek - Five Days, July 14-18, 2014.The Cordwood Workweek
combines all of the features of of the three-day Cordwood
Workshop and the One-day Earthwood Techniques workshop, but
there is more time for individual hands-on instruction and
consultations. The discussions and site work are more
detailed, yet the pace is more relaxed. After lunch on
Wednesday, for example, we tour two cordwood homes on the
way to Chateaugay Lake, then relax with swimming,
hot-tubbing, conversation, and individual consultations on
the deck at Mushwood. The project will be cordwood infilling
within a new 20-sided cordwood home adjacent to Earthwood.
Timber Framing for
the Rest of Us - Three Days (May 19-21 in NY). This one covers basic "post
and beam" construction as done by most contractors and
owner-builders using sound building design and techniques
and readily available mechanical fasteners made for
the purpose. Morning classroom sessions cover structural
principles and examples, including basic load calculations.
Afternoon hands-on work consist of building a 6-poster
guest house, similar to the building described in Chapter 4
of Rob's The
Sauna book. The roof is 12' by 16'. The
textbook, supplied, is Rob's Timber Framing for the Rest of Us.
Earthwood (see pictures at left)
La Casita, Straw Bale Cottage, Hermit's Hut
There are now four guesthouses at Earthwood.Cordwood Cabin (La
Casita) is small, about 100 square feet of interior space,
and features four of the world's largest log-ends, at 52"
diameter.Straw Bale Cottage is about 25% bigger and
has some very interesting design features, including a large
bottle-end panel, a "truth" panel, and cordwood walls.
Either of these guesthouses is $45 USD per night (one or two
people). New for 2012 is the Hermit's Hut, a single person guest
house, very small, for one hermit (or hermette.) This one is
$40/night. Minimum booking for any guesthouse is 2 nights.
Beds have a bottom fitted sheet, pillows and pillow covers.
own top bedding or sleeping bags (all guest houses.). These guesthouses
have kerosene lamps and candles for light. There is an
outhouse, wash hand basin, solar shower and "Mess Hall"
building (cordwood and screened) for cooking and eating. We
do not offer camping, but there are campgrounds nearby. Call
ahead at 518-493-7744 to confirm accommodation
availability. To avoid booking conflicts,
accommodations must be fully paid in advance. No pets or
kids, please. Click on
Register for Workshops for availability. See next entry
for information about the new Stoneview guesthouse.
Our octagonal guesthouse is called
"Stoneview" because it overlooks the megaliths. This
guesthouse is much larger than the others at about 320 SF of
interior space, and can accommodate up to 4 people. There is
an interior bathroom with shower, composting toilet and
wash-hand basin. There are electric lights ... and a
woodstove for heat, if needed. Stoneview features a
lightweight living roof and lots of bottle-end design
features. We think it is the most charming building on
campus. With a minimum booking of two (2) nights, charge for
Stoneview is: One or two people: $60 per night total.
Three people: $70 per night. Four people: $80 per night.
There are two double beds. The building is suitable for a
family of 3 or 4, or two couples.
Space for one RV
We do not offer camping on site, due
to a lack of sufficient sanitary facilities, but we do have
space for one fully self-contained camper/RV at $20 USD per
night, no hook-ups. Call 518-493-7744 to reserve this space.
Water is available from the hand pump.
Registration for each workshop will be
limited to the first 16 people. Payment: At least one half
of the total workshop tuition must accompany the
Pre-Registration application. The balance (if any) must be
paid prior to the start of the workshop. Formal registration
will take place at the classroom from 8:00 to 8:30 A.M. on
the day of the workshop. A 50% deposit accompanying the
Pre-Registration Form holds your place.
Cancellation refunds, less a $40 registration fee,
will be made if you notify Rob or Jaki Roy at Earthwood
Building School at least three (3) full weeks in advance of
the workshop. Call 518-493-7744 for cancellations. Email
cancellations are not accepted.
Building: The State of the Art is included in tuition for
all Cordwood Workshops; Rob's new Earth-Sheltered Houses for the Earthwood
Techniques (foundations and earth sheltering) workshops; and
Framing for the Rest of Usfor the workshop of the same name on May
19-21, 2014 at Earthwood. If you have already
purchased the textbook from us, another book from our list of equal
value may be substituted. Books are sent when you register,
so that you can read them ahead of time, your homework
assignment! One textbook is supplied per couple. A
"couple," for registration purposes, is defined as two
people building together. At cordwood workshops, good
quality rubber coated cloth gloves, excellent for cordwood
masonry, are given to students at formal registration.
Lunches are supplied for all workshop dates.
Upon receiving your Pre-Registration Form (click on
Register for Workshops at top of page), we will send you a
receipt acknowledging your registration, and an Info Package
consisting of exact course schedules, and a detailed
map. (Tuition does not include accommodation.) For
off-site accommodation information use these links: campgrounds, B & B's, andmotels.