Cordwood Cabin on British Columbia Island

Cordwood cabin built by Gary and Marlene Cooper on a small island in British Columbia. All the cordwood came off the beach. It’s a double-wall technique; there is an inner and an outer wall, each 4″ thick, with the cavity in between insulated with cedar sawdust created when cutting the blocks. More photos in Builders of the Pacific Coast.

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:

2 Responses to Cordwood Cabin on British Columbia Island

  1. Love it! Builders of the Pacific Coast is on my bookshelf (along with several other Shelter books) and one of the most inspiring, too.

    You know, you and some of my other favorite bloggers talk about how blogging may be passé (or whatever), but I miss the heyday of blogging and I’m so glad that you continue to blog. You know what we never worried about back in the day? People selling our personal information to use against our best interests. We just…communicated. Told our stories. Shared other people’s stories. I wish more people would get back to that.

  2. Really nice shape.
    My front steps used to be like that.
    Then my friend brought her mother to visit, age 104.
    Built a handrail the next day.

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