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Firewood Walls
Studio Progression: Part I

Architecture / Interiors / Parliament / Studio

Over the course of our renovation, we tackled quite a few projects without having a clear idea of how we were going to accomplish them, but none more so than our firewood walls. They turned out to be far more time consuming than we anticipated, and they took three times more wood than we estimated, but no other part of the office gets as much attention. We regularly get uninvited visitors who get a peak of the walls through our entryway and decide to pop on in for a tour and a 30-minute Q & A.

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Take my word for it, watching this time-lapse video will leave your computer far cleaner than witnessing the actual build. (Get your mind out of the gutter, I’m talking about sawdust, you creep.)

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The Guts

We are stoked that the finished walls look just like, well…big stacks of firewood. But underneath it all lies a simple frame of steel studs and sheetrock. No frills, no gimmicks.

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The Firewood

When it was all said and done, we used about twelve cords of locally purchased firewood for the two walls.

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At one point half our office was buried in under firewood, giant fans...

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...and saw dust. Piles and piles of sawdust.

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Construction

Each log was cut down to a length of about four inches and then adhered to a plywood substrate (for strength). Kyle and Will spent weeks upon weeks fitting the firewood into place, and though I’m certain they would accept death to avoid doing it again, it was a great experiment and it couldn’t have turned out better. Like almost everything in the office, it was finished with linseed oil.

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We notched select logs and wrapped them around the wall at the doorways. Several of them still sport green moss, one of my favorite parts of the walls.

We notched select logs and wrapped them around the wall at the doorways. Several of them still sport green moss and the bark adds a great textural touch.

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