Log Cabin TIMELAPSE Built By ONE MAN In The Forest

  • Published on Jan 10, 2018
  • No talking viral timelapse video of Shawn James off grid log cabin build by one man alone in the wilderness of Canada, from 1st tree I cut to last floor board I laid.
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    If you want to build a rustic log cabin or tiny off grid home alone in the wilderness and you haven't seen the rest of my videos, this is a good primer. It's super fast motion though, so if you are interested in building a primitive log cabin like this, take a look at the "Log Cabin The Bear Den" playlist on the channel.
    At the beginning of the video, I show a winter drone photo of the cabin in the snow in December. Then I flashback to the first balsam fir tree I cut down with a saw and axe near the cabin. I drag the trees into place and clear the cabin site. All summer, I cut the notches in the logs as I built the cabin up, offsite. Once I was finished notching the logs with a log scribe, saw, axe, adze and wood carving gouge, I loaded up the entire cabin of logs and moved them to my land near Algonquin Park, Ontario Canada.
    Once on site, I spent a month reassembling the cabin on a foundation of sand and gravel. Once the log walls were up, I again used hand tools to shape every log, board and timber to erect the gable ends, the wood roof, the porch, the outhouse and a seemingly endless number of woodworking projects.
    For the roof, I used an ancient primitive technology to waterproof and preserve the wood - shou sugi ban, a fire hardening wood preservation technique unique to Japan and other areas in northern climates.
    Because the cabin is offgrid, I have used handtools for most of the build and without power, I have no options on site regardless. The tiny house will continue to be operated with power, not even renewable energy for now, so I'm heating the cabin with a woodstove fire place, which I also cook on.
    The cabin is made of cedar fence posts, twelve feet long and the cabin measures 10 feet x 20 feet inside with a one hundred square foot sleeping loft on the second floor.
    The floor is made of two inch thick pine planks, torched to help repel water and to give them a rustic barn board appearance.
    Tune off sound if you don't want to hear the music, - there is no talking in this silent video. If you are a subscriber or long time viewer, there is some new footage at the end of the video, but otherwise you have seen most of this. As always, I'll release a new video on Friday showing the progress I made this week on the door and the ice box for food storage.
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Comments • 5 427

  • My Self Reliance
    My Self Reliance  2 months ago +201

    For those asking if I plant trees to replace the ones I take down, Watch This - tvclip.biz/video/lx4le7YgAoc/video.html

    • murales
      murales 19 days ago +1

      Filius charred wood is resistant to water, fire, insects, mould! ;-)

    • Maxim Ivanov
      Maxim Ivanov 25 days ago

      My Self Reliance 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍

    • Tiffany Kraft
      Tiffany Kraft 28 days ago

      Kyle Brown: I was thinking exactly the same thing!!!

    • Ken Olson
      Ken Olson 28 days ago

      Truly inspirational sir, well done.

      DINO SAURUS Month ago

      My Self Reliance owesome bro

  • Ed Sled
    Ed Sled Hour ago

    99 construction

  • Mckraken
    Mckraken 2 hours ago

    As a chippy I love this so much, a solo build, just pure timber and no other trades or materials to factor in, and that roof!! For me the though the most impressive part of this is his refusal to use power tools especially when ripping those planks, that's dedication

  • Musical Medicine
    Musical Medicine 2 hours ago


  • Last-minute Kid746
    Last-minute Kid746 4 hours ago

    This dude just pulled a minecraft on us.

  • FortyFourFitness
    FortyFourFitness 4 hours ago +1

    Wow this looks easy!!
    *heads into forest
    *swings axe one time
    Alright gonna head home now!!

  • Brock Strand
    Brock Strand 4 hours ago

    As a framer this is absolutely insane.. the amount of effort and time this must’ve taken is crazy!! Beyond impressed

  • oO VioLindsey Oo
    oO VioLindsey Oo 6 hours ago

    Man: Builds home from trees, hewn from the earth and rendered into a mighty life protecting structure
    Me: *struggles to make a sammich*
    Guess who won’t be dying in the apocalypse...

  • mr Johnson5
    mr Johnson5 7 hours ago

    Any idea how long it took overall?

  • WatchAficionado
    WatchAficionado 9 hours ago +5

    Coolest video I've seen in a long time!

  • Brandon Fisk
    Brandon Fisk 10 hours ago

    took lincoln logs to a whole new level

    ULTRAMAN 11 hours ago

    Not going to lie, that looks fun

  • You’re so smart! Good job! C

    My cousin built a log cabin and a log bridge all by himself too! It’s amazing what that man can do with the talent God have him. I love being around productive people and learning from them.

  • Victor Andrade
    Victor Andrade 16 hours ago +1

    Floresta linda!

  • xSmooth GT
    xSmooth GT 17 hours ago +1

    It’s just like lincoln logs!

  • Bostom
    Bostom 17 hours ago


  • Loni Lewis
    Loni Lewis 22 hours ago


  • Trevor Sutton
    Trevor Sutton Day ago +1

    L.A. beast music

  • โชคชัย เพ็งโสภา

    ผมคิดว่ามันสิ้นเปลื่องไม้มากเกินไปในการสร้างของคุณ 🌲🌲 😐

  • So You Think
    So You Think Day ago +1

    How many spiders do you share the cabin with tho

  • JettBlackheart83

    aaaannnnnnnd subscribed. Awesome man!

  • joe trigger
    joe trigger Day ago

    That was amazing.

  • Michael Rodriguez
    Michael Rodriguez Day ago +3

    Damn he did one entire side of the roof in one, day by himself? Talk about pro!

  • Riley Lund
    Riley Lund Day ago +2

    That’s actually how every Canadian has to build their house...at age 10

  • bakedonthecape
    bakedonthecape Day ago

    Is this man single because seriously I would marry him

  • Matthew Tiburcio

    Where was the bathroom?

  • Sauleh Bhat
    Sauleh Bhat Day ago

    Cabin in the woods

  • Rudy Alcantar
    Rudy Alcantar Day ago

    Its those cabins that bob ross used to draw in his paintings

  • Nur Hafizah Abd Aziz

    Amazing build! I am blown away! How long did you take to complete this loghouse in total?

  • James Nkw
    James Nkw Day ago

    this video deserves all the likes in youtube.

  • petersharp90
    petersharp90 Day ago

    Spectacular. Ripping the board at 4.17 requires some awesome skills - better than most people could do using power tools.

  • Erick Washbourne

    He used nails. Total fraud

  • Kolton Kiester
    Kolton Kiester Day ago

    Great job man. For anyone else who enjoyed this, look up "Alone in the Wilderness". It was made by Dick Proenneke in (I want to say the 70's?). It is absolutely therapeutic to watch.

  • J.
    J. Day ago


    CR7NEYMAR Day ago +1

    You should totally bring some poutine up there for the winter!

  • Mr. Pickles The Demon Possessed Dog

    If only my uncles men could work as hard as you

  • desoto1961
    desoto1961 Day ago

    Just amazing!!

  • Jett Johnson
    Jett Johnson Day ago

    This guy is a legend

  • WelFareCupcakes Gaming

    This is amazing.

  • Limping_ Biscuits
    Limping_ Biscuits 2 days ago

    Serious skills

  • Daniel Orozco
    Daniel Orozco 2 days ago

    P.S. Does anyone know how long this took in real time? Peace.

  • Joey Doyle
    Joey Doyle 2 days ago

    Ron Swanson would be proud

  • Micah
    Micah 2 days ago

    No way them are fresh cut trees! They would be to heavy to lift!!!

  • ScottInc
    ScottInc 2 days ago

    Wow! This was truly an awesome task - yielding awesome results!
    My utmost respect to you sir.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • SCARlet_DRaKox13
    SCARlet_DRaKox13 2 days ago


  • Sergiu H
    Sergiu H 2 days ago

    Pfff i can do that, but I don’t want to right now.

  • john doe
    john doe 2 days ago

    What was your total cost (minus labour)?

  • Tpg Ric
    Tpg Ric 2 days ago

    Minecraft 4k trailer

  • Anthony C.
    Anthony C. 2 days ago

    Minecraft 2 looks great. The graphics are insane lmao.

  • Marco Christensen
    Marco Christensen 2 days ago

    More than impressed!!

  • Cascadia Vacation Home Services LLC

    Surprised he didnt char those front porch supports. Probably gonna rot in less than 5 years now

  • Daniel Orozco
    Daniel Orozco 2 days ago +12

    When this guy says "I built this home with my own hands.", he means it. And, he seems cool enough not to bring it up, unless someone asks. 😊 Perfect music for this video too by the way. Peace.

  • A H
    A H 2 days ago

    I'm amazed he could fit his huge balls through that cabin door he constructed himself.

  • Dan Arias
    Dan Arias 2 days ago +1

    Outstanding work!!!!

  • M
    M 2 days ago +8

    Awesome. I could easily live there with a guitar, books, a dog, a gun, lots of booze, a hot woman and the internet.
    That's all I need :)

  • Ackerman Warrior
    Ackerman Warrior 3 days ago

    How to make the wood resistant toward water?

  • alexrista
    alexrista 3 days ago +1

    Does anyone know the purpose of the smoked wood on the roof and floors?

  • mike perez
    mike perez 3 days ago

    Who heard the beginning of this song and thought L.A Beast.

  • Kamran Masroor
    Kamran Masroor 3 days ago

    I want cabin like that

  • César Noran
    César Noran 3 days ago

    That's the beaver power, we Canadians are some hard working bastards.

  • Brayan Marte
    Brayan Marte 3 days ago

    Awesome but what are you going to do if you need to pee or shit?

  • josh etsitty
    josh etsitty 3 days ago

    Termites dream house

  • aks flash
    aks flash 3 days ago

    No foundation? Do you need permits to build these kind of house?

  • Tubernery
    Tubernery 3 days ago

    Looks strong enough to withstand a werewolf attack.

  • Aleksander Gomez
    Aleksander Gomez 3 days ago

    iS tHiS mINeCrAfT?

  • tre Pi
    tre Pi 3 days ago

    Che invidia

  • Huzaifah Barcelona
    Huzaifah Barcelona 3 days ago

    _When you're lonely but your skills can keep you busy_

  • Andy Garcia
    Andy Garcia 3 days ago

    Nicely done. Great talent my friend.

  • Kym Lynch
    Kym Lynch 3 days ago

    Bad ass!!! Thumbs up!!!

  • Marak Lia
    Marak Lia 3 days ago

    He obviously isn’t living off the grid since he’s replying to comments.. and I seriously doubt the government of Canada is letting this house go free of tax if the guy is actually living there, which I seriously doubt.

  • Marak Lia
    Marak Lia 3 days ago

    Now hold on.. did you pull a permit and where is your rough inspection?

  • Magne Strømsnes
    Magne Strømsnes 3 days ago

    Hey there! How long did it take to build it?

  • P Cant
    P Cant 3 days ago

    Caspita, che meraviglia. Sei, siete, persone di grande creatività. Un grande saluto da vicino Venezia. Ciao

  • Zice
    Zice 3 days ago


  • Shaareable Apps
    Shaareable Apps 4 days ago

    Did you let your timber dry before you start building?

  • R Jat
    R Jat 4 days ago

    Respect 🤤🤤🤤🤤🤤👷

  • Jawsh 13
    Jawsh 13 4 days ago

    Minecraft real life

  • xavier mann
    xavier mann 4 days ago

    Lincoln logs at there finest

    LIGHTNING FISHER 4 days ago


  • Timercthy
    Timercthy 4 days ago

    like the one from breaking bad. epic

  • nathanielstephenbaue

    There needs to be more of this man on the earth.

  • Gabriel Ramirez
    Gabriel Ramirez 4 days ago

    Master builder!!!

  • Clint Clower
    Clint Clower 4 days ago

    Very cool termites would eat that in a year where I'm from damn nice job I built a couple myself notches were superb

  • Keil Cas
    Keil Cas 4 days ago

    Typically the most uneconomical user of materials in a building is an American technique

  • PerrettJ4
    PerrettJ4 4 days ago

    DOGGO 03:40

  • smithwick1710
    smithwick1710 4 days ago +24

    manliness at its peak

  • TeNgGiLinG
    TeNgGiLinG 4 days ago +1

    I might sound cheesy but Sir You are my source of inspiration

  • Zaki Cherifi
    Zaki Cherifi 5 days ago


  • PineAppleWilly
    PineAppleWilly 5 days ago +5

    Incredible! One of the best videos I've seen on TVclip.

  • crambone t
    crambone t 5 days ago

    Guys not only a great craftsman
    But a damn beast!!

  • A Penandroll
    A Penandroll 5 days ago

    Aint that a beautiful thing?

  • Mick Psyphon
    Mick Psyphon 5 days ago

    Amazing!!! 😃👍

  • Kenny Vega
    Kenny Vega 5 days ago


  • Nelson Gonzalez
    Nelson Gonzalez 5 days ago

    Seriously, 1.2k dislikes? Typical TVclip trolls, can pick up a mouse or tap out a few key strokes but probably couldn’t fight there way out of a paper bag. Loved the fact that this guy created something wonderful with his own bare hands! Now that’s something to be really proud of. Wish I could do the same.

  • John Burton
    John Burton 5 days ago

    This is amazing.. I wish society was at a place where living like this was normal. My wife would never go for this unfortunately.

    • John Burton
      John Burton 4 days ago

      darren guthrie lmfao... trueeee

    • darren guthrie
      darren guthrie 5 days ago +1

      she would if she had no where to live 😉

  • Avinash Kumar
    Avinash Kumar 5 days ago

    One man army...

  • Mike Yob
    Mike Yob 6 days ago

    👍wow good job.

  • Watches Sneakers
    Watches Sneakers 6 days ago

    Looks great, bet it burns🔥 great too🤣 seriously,..nice job👏

  • Diego QR
    Diego QR 6 days ago

    No sé si odiar o amar TVclip, me encanta ver estos vídeos pero a la vez me hace sentir tan inútil ha ha ha

  • Reece Patto
    Reece Patto 6 days ago

    Teach Me