cordwood and strawbale

Cordwood construction dates back to early Viking settlers of North America. Most recently, cordwood construction is being revived as a green building technique in rural areas where soft woods are in abundance. Cordwood construction is a low cost method that utilizes locally available materials and is not only beautiful and healthy but is also energy efficient. Our Roundhouse, pumphouse, sauna and studio are built using this technique.

Strawbale is another ancient and inexpensive building technique that uses locally grown rye or oat straw and has amazing insulative properties. The two private homes at Pompanuck and the Guesthouse are Strawbale structures.

The people of Pompanuck have hosted building workshops here and in other locales in both of these techniques and have consulted on a number of building projects over the years

For more information on these building techniques contact us to set up a visit and consultation and visit: and
check out the events blog for upcoming workshops
pompanuck farm institute 494 chestnut hill road cambridge, ny 12816 518.677.5552