Cordwood Hermit Hut by Rob Roy


Lloyd tells me this one is too small for his new book on small houses. Well, it’s not really a house, anyway, just a cabin for a single student at Earthwood Building School, a hermit…

Eight-inch (8″) cordwood walls are supported on a foundation with an 8-foot square footprint, leaving just 45 sq. ft. of actual usable space. Still, there is a desk, a chair, a bed, two large ventilating windows. The door has to open out. The place is so small you have to step outside to change your mind.

The building was timber-framed by students at one of our Timber Framing for the Rest of Us workshops, and the cordwood was done at Cordwood Masonry workshops. Some of the students put interesting design features into the walls, like a sailboat — and a hermit!

Go to for more on Earthwood’s classes. Our 2016 schedule will be posted about November 1st.

–Rob Roy

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4 Responses to Cordwood Hermit Hut by Rob Roy

  1. Well darn, now I want to build one of THOSE, too!

  2. KB says:

    In the interest of the gender fair language movement that was begun way back in the 1960s its long since past time for anyone to do something as nonsensical as tag the word hermit with a gender based ending to it. Hermit as an occupation or lifestyle does not need any modification to it to designate which sex the occupant or builder is. As an author you should be on top of this since it is highly recommended that you don’t do that style of writing if you want to have a wide audience including women who don’t see themselves as cutesy named diminutives of men in their lifestyles or abilities. Just call me a dinosaur slayer rather than slayeress and I won’t mind in the least :).

  3. bob says:

    KB sounds like a ton O fun to be around ?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Nice article Evan and well said bob.

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