Cordwood masonry is a building technique that uses short pieces of wood (cordwood) stacked crosswise and filled in with masonry or cob mixtures as well as insulation to form a wall.
The technique dates back centuries, some allege over a thousand years and has been found in some iteration all over the world.
Current methods of cordwood masonry in North America date back to the 1800's and were used primarily in the northern United States.
Because of its relatively inexpensive cost and ease of construction, cordwood masonry became popular during The Great Depression, eventually becoming known as “Depression Housing.”
For homesteading or survival purposes, cordwood masonry is appealing because of cost, ease of construction and energy efficiency (if built correctly).
With nominal practice (or attending a workshop,) a novice can quickly become proficient; to see a video on this innovative method of building, check out the next page.