Two Years Alone in the Wilderness | Escape the City to Build Off Grid Log Cabin

  • Published: 22 March 2019
  • #logcabin #bushcraft #offgrid #survival
    One man leaves the city life behind to build a cheap off grid log cabin and homestead in the Canadian wilderness, including a log home, an outdoor kitchen, an outhouse, a woodshed and a sauna bathhouse. Building mostly with hand tools, Shawn James harvests building materials from the forests north of Toronto, Canada and crafts them into functional tools and shelters using traditional woodworking tools and methods. He practices bushcraft and survival skills every day, including fire starting, tree identification and harvesting, wild edible foraging, fishing, hunting, camping in the summer and winter, travelling by canoe and snowshoe, navigation and water collection and purification.
    Continue watching in 2019 as Shawn finishes the sauna, plants a forest garden for fruit and vegetables, builds an underground root cellar, ice house and cheese cave, a timber frame workshop and a remote hunt camp closer to fish and game.
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Comments • 23 215

  • Данил Долгих
    Данил Долгих  37 minutes back

    Крайне душевное приключение. Очень понравилась технологичность и тщательность ведения строительства. Спасибо.

    • nicolò ganci
      nicolò ganci  1 hours back

      Bellissimo video

      • Sham F
        Sham F  2 hours back

        Who is running the drone? 😷

        • LUIS LOPES
          LUIS LOPES  2 hours back

          Man and his origins go back. A faithful portrait of the most intimate communion between God man and nature.

          • Jamie Davidson
            Jamie Davidson  2 hours back

            wow id give anything to have the building skills this man has im so impressed

            • scoobydoo 2020
              scoobydoo 2020  3 hours back

              Sir you are amazing. just WOW!!

              • scoobydoo 2020
                scoobydoo 2020  3 hours back

                i googled it copper sinks kill bacteria in a matter of minutes, and regular steel or glass sinks don't. living off grid in would understand now why you chose this. i learned something new everyday. and that is a good thing. lol

                • scoobydoo 2020
                  scoobydoo 2020  3 hours back

                  why would you want a copper sink? i know copper kills parasites in your body but too much copper can hurt you. could you explain if you don't mind or someone in the comments? please.. you have done a fantastic job very hard work. very hard.

                  • Márcia Cristina
                    Márcia Cristina  3 hours back

                    sozinho mais de onde surgiram o bote vermelho, a janela de vidro e a escada de aluminio?

                    • Battlefield Fan
                      Battlefield Fan  4 hours back

                      what is the internet connection like in there? any good?

                      • What
                        What  4 hours back

                        Such a satisfying video to watch. Awesome editing and of course awesome building

                        • Rick Felix
                          Rick Felix  4 hours back

                          What an inspirational video. I truly enjoyed every second of it. My hat off to you Sr. Just earned a new subscriber. Blessings from Arizona.

                          • Creusa Martins De Negreiros

                            Esta derrubando muitas árvores para fazer uma casa🤔

                            • Naeem Ullah
                              Naeem Ullah  5 hours back

                              Is it an inspiration from Dick Proenke?

                              • amro abdulbade
                                amro abdulbade  5 hours back

                                12:52 the dog looks as if he is say "what the fuck are we doing out here!!!"

                                • Callie Canrinus
                                  Callie Canrinus  5 hours back

                                  This video was enthralling! I enjoyed every second of watching it. This Bear is Crushing.

                                  • Robin Gamache
                                    Robin Gamache  5 hours back

                                    Wow wow wow !!!!!

                                    • Mat-Salleh TV Show
                                      Mat-Salleh TV Show  6 hours back

                                      what is the music at the end please?
                                      LOve to meet you man

                                      • Uncasnetewatewes Lenape

                                        Programable flight plan drone?

                                        • valter vasas
                                          valter vasas  7 hours back

                                          Életrevaló pacák , tarts ki és minden jó lesz. Csövi

                                          • Otty J Dee
                                            Otty J Dee  8 hours back

                                            do bears shit in the woods, this guys a good builder, gonna build me a log cabin up on cuckoo nest hill

                                            • 노변동프로.퇴직,엔진교체,다시날자

                                              나도 저렇게 살고싶다

                                              • Raja Parvaiz
                                                Raja Parvaiz  9 hours back

                                                I loved the experience but wondering how many trees are you going to replace?
                                                Never realized before how much wood is used in American households.

                                                • bob aussonnegeles
                                                  bob aussonnegeles  9 hours back

                                                  J'adore comme quoi il faut pas grand chose pour être heureux

                                                  • happyhippo
                                                    happyhippo  10 hours back

                                                    At one point in the video I thought he was about to build a gym!

                                                    • Joy To The World
                                                      Joy To The World  11 hours back

                                                      This is amazing, thanks, I really thought was going to be a pizza oven though, lol, new sub from Aussie

                                                      • james mcguinness
                                                        james mcguinness  12 hours back

                                                        Jeebus,those fish?

                                                        • John Doe
                                                          John Doe  12 hours back


                                                          "Sherrif Black sent a courier bering a letter with my name on it, 'smornin. Sayin', he needs his best man to put an end to the Maple syrup thievery. Those bastards took all I ever known to love away from me. I just wanted to leave it all behind and live a quiet life away from all that bustle, but if my Kelly can rest easy under that Maple tree I built for her then well, partner. Its time we git."

                                                          • John Doe
                                                            John Doe  12 hours back

                                                            On his way out the door, the Quiet man rang a little bell for the lives of the Syrup stealers.

                                                        • Стас Вольдемар

                                                          Превосходная мужская ASMR терапия

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                                                          • aispitbull
                                                            aispitbull  12 hours back

                                                            Очень круто!👍💪

                                                            • hottyson hottyson
                                                              hottyson hottyson  13 hours back

                                                              Yes. Alone with his best friend.

                                                              • Be Lieve
                                                                Be Lieve  13 hours back

                                                                So no one is going to comment on this guy's magical powers to change the bird's colors @ 1:28:55 ?

                                                                • Be Lieve
                                                                  Be Lieve  13 hours back

                                                                  Amazing skills.

                                                                  • MR Sam
                                                                    MR Sam  15 hours back

                                                                    He should have made a piano

                                                                    • NorCal OntheRight
                                                                      NorCal OntheRight  16 hours back

                                                                      Absolutely nothing more sexy than a Man who can build a home with his own hands from the ground up!

                                                                      • Unknown User
                                                                        Unknown User  16 hours back

                                                                        That’s Ron Swonson I do believe lol....I admire you and envy you good sir.

                                                                        • Nick
                                                                          Nick  16 hours back

                                                                          Did God Record this!?......

                                                                          • BRIANMORAN
                                                                            BRIANMORAN  16 hours back

                                                                            Quick!, put this guy back in the city or he will build a city in the wilderness and we will have no wilderness left.

                                                                            • One legged Pigeon
                                                                              One legged Pigeon  16 hours back

                                                                              There was two dogs at some point, i wonder what happen to the other 1

                                                                              • Bettye Wiley
                                                                                Bettye Wiley  16 hours back

                                                                                One of the hardest working people I have ever seen! He gets the job done!

                                                                                • Abram Guenther
                                                                                  Abram Guenther  17 hours back

                                                                                  How do you take a shower?????????????????????????????

                                                                                  • jamesrosch
                                                                                    jamesrosch  17 hours back

                                                                                    What many will dream, few will do.

                                                                                    • D F
                                                                                      D F  18 hours back

                                                                                      Bonjour ' Félicitations ' très courageux donc Bravo à vous avec un plaisir puissant à apprécier en fin de ce chantier j'imagine ' encore BRAVO ' Daniel '

                                                                                      • Yeison Chill
                                                                                        Yeison Chill  18 hours back

                                                                                        Wow Un hombre con mucho valor he inteligencia. Admirable 👍

                                                                                        • Maria Guadalupe Acosta Tecante

                                                                                          Hola, eres admirable amigo. Si..., dejar la ciudad es necesario. Yo lo hice en 2015. Ojalá hubiera aprendido a trabajar la madera, conocí a una mujer que aprendió carpintería, pero sé cocinar y tejer. Me admira ver que sabes hasta cocinar. Ud. ha aprendido muchas cosas útiles y sabe lo que quiere. Lo felicito por su elección. Me gustó mucho el video. Saludos.

                                                                                          • flailva
                                                                                            flailva  19 hours back

                                                                                            Ficou tudo muito bom. Parabéns! O vídeo tem a capacidade de prender a atenção de quem assiste a evolução da construção. ...e ainda sabe cozinhar(rsrs...) caçar. Admirável sua atitude. O lugar escolhido é simplesmente lindo. Demonstra bem as quatro estações do ano, os animais, a pesca, o colorido das árvores....os cães acrescentam muito e afirmam seu caráter e sensibilidade.

                                                                                            • Dan McCabe
                                                                                              Dan McCabe  19 hours back

                                                                                              Not only are your work ethic and craftsmanship outstanding, but behind the scenes, you had to go back and forth to set up the camera to produce a series of excellent video clips. That required additional work that is not shown in the clips. I can only watch in awe!

                                                                                              • Not FBI
                                                                                                Not FBI  20 hours back

                                                                                                While it's clear he didn't actually spend two years alone in the wilderness (steaks, drone footage, stove, etc), this is an amazing video.