Details from the home of Rob and Jaki Roy located in upstate New York. A dozen miles west of Lake Champlain and south of the Canadian border, their home, Earthwood, is a true showpiece of the back-to-the-land building movement. Their particular — and, frankly, peculiar — building method is called cordwood masonry. For 30 years, the couple have been writing and lecturing on the craft at their Earthwood Building School.
“If you can stack wood, you can build a cordwood house,” Mr. Roy said.