The Kinstone Chapel is a unique, beautiful, artfully constructed building made of cordwood and covered with a thatched roof. The chapel took about 18 months of calendar time to complete (we did not work during the cold months of November – April). Over 110 people helped to make this building what it is today! The construction began in July 2012. The walls and roof of the chapel were completed by October 2013. Final touches were added even up to July 2015. We now believe the Kinstone Chapel is done and oh, but it is lovely!
In the early months of the year 2015, Richard Flatau and Kristine Beck collaborated on creating two articles that describe the Kinstone Chapel from a cordwood construction perspective and from a symbolic perspective. The results are now posted here for your reading pleasure. Click on the links below to see each full article.
The first article tells much of the story of the construction of this post&beam, thatched, cordwood structure. A version of this article appeared in the 2015 Cordwood Conference Papers which are produced in conjunction with the annual Cordwood Conference. That publication has many articles about various cordwood buildings… all very intriguing! For those interested, click on this link to Richard Flatau’s website, Cordwood Conference Papers, where you can purchase a copy of those if you wish.
The second article contains an initial overview of some of the symbolism that can be found in the designs embedded in the walls of the Kinstone Chapel. Cordwood construction, a natural building method that is very wonderful for our climate here in Wisconsin, lends itself to creative expression. The 110+ people who worked on the construction of the chapel have put their hearts and souls into making it a timeless work of art. This article gives quite a bit of detail about the meaning behind the bottle end designs. New meanings are always being found, so the article is just a teaser! Come visit this wonder and find your own meaning; add to the story!