Glenn Herbert wrote:
I understand that cob works well, and it wouldn't require highly refined clay for this application. Cob will dry out completely in warm weather and draw moisture from the wood.
6) Clay for your purposes doesn't need to be smooth and refined. My (upstate NY) glacial till clay has lots of sand and gravel, and rocks, in it. I have found that just removing stones that are around half as big as the thickness of the work I am doing is sufficient. I take out stones bigger than a golf ball in general. For finish work sifting dry clay through a half inch mesh works well. If you want your logs to fit closely, this might be a good idea for you.
Ruy Lopez wrote:
A few questions to start with:
1. Are roof overhangs necessary?
2. Mortar, mortar, mortar?
3. Is 6 inch-1 foot cordwood structurally enough for non-insulated walls?
4. Is the weight of the walls a concern being on concrete blocks?
5. Has anyone any experience building with cedar logs as the main support beams this way (just an idea)
6. If cob has to be used any suggestions on where to get clay as we have fairly clayish soil but it's rocky and very difficult to dig. Would the clay content need to be tested first I assume?