Round House Cordwood Build Time-lapse

On 7/23/12 at 9:25 AM +1000, peter robey wrote…:

Hey Lloyd,

Hope you are well. Peter here from Tasmania in Australia. I bought your shelter books over a year ago and have near worn them out. You very politely showed an interest in our small cordwood cabin we live in.

   This is a quick note to send you a youtube link, a time lapse of the past 6 weeks of building a 16-sided round house – post and beam frame.

   It’s just the missus and I building and we are not builders and wrapping our heads around funky angles and staying married has been a great challenge.!!

   That crane is an engine crane with a modified jib and a water tank bolted to the back for ballast. Cost me $12 in castor wheels.

   The round posts are around the 750-800 pounds in weight and about 18.5 feet high.

   The crane isn’t safe but it works and we got through the 24 posts.

   Unfortunately the Aust. code book prevents us from doing anything remotely like the west coast builders in your books; however we have bent the rules where we can.

   All the best.


About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to Round House Cordwood Build Time-lapse

  1. Pete
    our code books dont allow for much either……thats why we put up gates that say "guard dogs on duty" as a welcome for any nosy inspectors!

    best of luck to all you Down Under!!

  2. Just Awesome!! I love the time lapse, a great way to deal with all those otherwise boring pictures we all take of our progress…i would love to see the rest of the project and a thorough walk through when completed.

  3. Pretty cool! However (there's always a 'however'), I noted a few parts of the sequence where someone appeared to be working solo – not a good idea on a construction site, especially on the second level with no real flooring down – just what appears to be loose plywood.

    Sometimes though, it just has to be that way – I've done it myself.

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