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. 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.
    To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels;
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  • Bens sawmill
    Bens sawmill 3 months ago +4394

    You make it look easy when you sum it all up in under 5 min. Lots of hard work went into that cabin. You should be very proud of all the accomplishments. Job well done.

    • HS T
      HS T 5 days ago

      Bens sawmill how much time?

    • MidgardEagle
      MidgardEagle 12 days ago

      Yeah, this made me want to build my own log cabin for a few seconds, but then I realised how time-consuming and difficult it would have been :P

    • Loneliness Eric
      Loneliness Eric Month ago

      Bens sawmill Well said man

    • Roye Korolik
      Roye Korolik Month ago

      its what i wanted to say

    • Ridhwan 233
      Ridhwan 233 Month ago

      Bens sawmill
      Van hire companies in the UK

  • shadow man
    shadow man 2 hours ago


  • Sponge Bob
    Sponge Bob 4 hours ago +1

    That is going to be one good story to tell your grandkids

  • Richard N. Anoliefo
    Richard N. Anoliefo 5 hours ago

    This must have been so difficult. Amazing that one man could do this! Thank you for inspiring me.

  • Louise J
    Louise J 6 hours ago

    i have no idea why youtube recommend this to me, but I’m glad it did

  • Joseph Sus
    Joseph Sus 6 hours ago

    Very amazing man

  • NonZeroAxe
    NonZeroAxe 8 hours ago

    Man, Minecraft got an upgrade.

  • Chung Kim
    Chung Kim 9 hours ago

    i found this video satisfying to my soul

  • -The Shadow Cat-
    -The Shadow Cat- 9 hours ago

    I applaud you, good sir. You've made the world a better place.

  • Arifisone YT
    Arifisone YT 10 hours ago

    Where do you poop

  • Shawn Spencer
    Shawn Spencer 10 hours ago

    Thats a real man right there. Amazing video and great work

  • Ksuv tysun
    Ksuv tysun 10 hours ago

    Wow 😍 wonder why you burned the wood for the roof.. is it for design?

    BELA GINGS 10 hours ago

    I did the same thing and it only took two weeks.

  • Hum Noon
    Hum Noon 12 hours ago +1

    Wow I would not have enough patience. I would walk halfway to the tree and then just walk home lel

  • Shadow 0711
    Shadow 0711 14 hours ago +1

    Did the editing take longer than the cabin lol?

  • sireethorn suponsang
    sireethorn suponsang 15 hours ago

    So cool.

  • ShadowGamingOnBlitz
    ShadowGamingOnBlitz 16 hours ago

    Zomg that’s amazing ur highly talented u deserve 2.5m subs!!!!

  • Jack
    Jack 16 hours ago

    Thats a very nice cabin

  • mr. wong
    mr. wong 17 hours ago

    Good job, very good. But its too much trees to build a "wooden cottage". And is not good for our forest.

  • Kauni S.
    Kauni S. 23 hours ago

    How can I find a husband like this????

  • Hillbilly Jack
    Hillbilly Jack 23 hours ago

    Impressive, How long did it take from the time you cut the first tree, to the time you laid the last floor board down

  • Bypass
    Bypass Day ago

    Who else instantly thought of L.A. Beast?

  • Vain_ Hexx
    Vain_ Hexx Day ago

    reminds me of Jason's Gold

  • Maria Giselle Sacchetti

    Congrats! You put a lot of effort to make this beautiful and comfortable house!
    I don't know why but I feel satisfied after watch this video.

  • Aesthetic Taecups And Suga kookies

    Hey let’s talk bout trees.

  • oğuzhan türküzel

    everyones dream absolutely

  • David Curcio
    David Curcio Day ago

    Amazing video. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. I really look forward to watching and learning more from you.

  • Zaiden
    Zaiden Day ago

    Probably took him like 5 years I’m so proud... You just earn an amazing achievement.

  • Corey Marshall
    Corey Marshall Day ago

    Wow, simply amazing!

  • Elizabeth The Fox

    Poor him

  • Saira Kh
    Saira Kh Day ago

    Soooooo butiful 🏠

  • Jackson Manager
    Jackson Manager Day ago +3

    Real nice mate

  • Dena Redford
    Dena Redford Day ago

    It’s a job well done . Also a labor of Love .

  • Puginator Peggie
    Puginator Peggie 2 days ago +1

    This man made sacrifices to build this cabin for himself. I appreciate him. We have technology and some of us our to lazy to even go outside... this man made a lifetime accomplishment!! He has my respect

  • SlimeMonster 101
    SlimeMonster 101 2 days ago

    I’m impressed he made a cabin land a ladder also he added detail like burnt wood to make the roof fancy. The hard work putted into that man, he must be super proud of himself

  • Corey Spence
    Corey Spence 2 days ago

    Two words absolutely amazing !!!

  • Dylan McLaughlin
    Dylan McLaughlin 2 days ago

    Love this Walden cosplay

  • doggo puppo
    doggo puppo 2 days ago

    People who do this are legends

  • Mattz Vlogs
    Mattz Vlogs 2 days ago +1

    The music got me I have to say Good job man This Will last a lifetime And some day If you have kids I hope you tell them the story 😊😊😊👋🏻

  • Prasad yarravula
    Prasad yarravula 2 days ago

    Marvelous mate 👌

  • Christina Gubler
    Christina Gubler 2 days ago

    where does he poop?

  • The Stigs gaming cousin

    this house is worth more than 500000 dollars

  • EeKumoment’ s
    EeKumoment’ s 2 days ago

    Im just thinking what will happen if I try to do that..

  • Troy Fleenor
    Troy Fleenor 2 days ago


  • titra 440
    titra 440 2 days ago

    i have never seen before a hard working man like him salute to him

  • SwofterPlayzzz
    SwofterPlayzzz 2 days ago

    *cough *cough “Oh I didn’t see you there” “just thinking about Minecraft”

  • pa soe
    pa soe 2 days ago

    what a lovely cabin ,,, well done 😂👍

  • JCHax
    JCHax 3 days ago

    And I sucked at linkin logs

  • Idk / Zach
    Idk / Zach 3 days ago

    psssh I could build 22 mansions in that time

  • Anne Frank
    Anne Frank 3 days ago

    where does he doo doo?

  • Emma Mert
    Emma Mert 3 days ago +1

    Man, I used to feel good about my self when fix an old furniture with little bit of paint!

  • coolguy 77617
    coolguy 77617 3 days ago

    This man is making houses by himself and im here like look at my base on fortnite

  • Staci Tipper
    Staci Tipper 3 days ago +1

    It’s like giant liconlogs

  • JeRsEYZ FiN3sT
    JeRsEYZ FiN3sT 3 days ago

    absolutely amazing

  • BloomKittyHuy
    BloomKittyHuy 3 days ago

    This is pretty good. I like it. Although, did you have a camera man or did you just put the camera in different spots?

    • My Self Reliance
      My Self Reliance  3 days ago

      I filmed it myself with a camera on a tripod and a GoPro

  • Andrew Poore
    Andrew Poore 3 days ago

    Why did you char the roof pieces? Does it help weather proof them?

  • Kim Aswani
    Kim Aswani 3 days ago

    My best wishes to you great man. You have done an amazing job. I am sure your family will be pleased and proud of your hard work.

  • Grady Gilchrist
    Grady Gilchrist 3 days ago


  • Randy Crews
    Randy Crews 3 days ago

    That was awesome! How long did it actually take?

  • Chuck Norris
    Chuck Norris 3 days ago

    Minecraft reference?

  • Amit Nambiar
    Amit Nambiar 3 days ago

    Wow. Such a calm and peaceful place.

  • ismet cabbar
    ismet cabbar 3 days ago

    great job!!

  • K Thompson
    K Thompson 3 days ago

    Are you related to Dick Proenneke from Twin Lakes?

  • Veteran Soul
    Veteran Soul 3 days ago

    Lakeview manor in real life

  • jadon pachunka
    jadon pachunka 3 days ago

    Reminds me of linkin logs

  • Marcos Noble
    Marcos Noble 4 days ago

    This is great, but where do you poop?

  • Cody Watson
    Cody Watson 4 days ago

    Logs hewn by hand? Righteous dude.

  • evan
    evan 4 days ago

    thsi mack my hap

  • Martin Richter
    Martin Richter 4 days ago

    Oh wow, this is beautiful!

  • No Sirve
    No Sirve 4 days ago

    do u play fortnite?

  • Priyam Dutta
    Priyam Dutta 4 days ago

    Just imagine how many trees he must have felled!

  • Mich C
    Mich C 4 days ago

    God I bet he bored as hell

  • Buddsterr
    Buddsterr 4 days ago

    If I can do it on Minecraft I can do it irl:)

  • Pink Chargers
    Pink Chargers 4 days ago

    This is amazing!

  • moparkid440
    moparkid440 4 days ago +3

    716 dislikes from people who probably couldn't build a ginger bread house

  • Fans 123
    Fans 123 4 days ago

    Omg I wanna marry him😂😋

  • To Es
    To Es 4 days ago


  • The50calmaster
    The50calmaster 4 days ago

    The amount of skill it takes to do something like that is remarkable.

  • P U 25
    P U 25 5 days ago +1

    Amazing work!!

  • P U 25
    P U 25 5 days ago

    Amazing work!!

  • Malo
    Malo 5 days ago +1

    holy sweet mother

  • Shocker123 - ROBLOX & more

    I think it looks like Lincoln logs in real life

  • Egg of Reason
    Egg of Reason 5 days ago

    The mysteries of Life

  • Kash Animous
    Kash Animous 5 days ago

    Little does he know that in a few years a group of teens will unknowingly unleash the horrors of the Necronomicon in that cabin, being forced to combat the forces of hell using only a shotgun and a chainsaw.

  • jessica ranu
    jessica ranu 5 days ago

    perfect! now let's just light the candle!

  • warmdragonm
    warmdragonm 5 days ago

    Nice work man


  • BlobfischAbdi
    BlobfischAbdi 5 days ago +4

    Wow Minecraft edition 2 looks amazing!

    SAVAGE TRIGGSSS 5 days ago

    Real life fortnite

  • Neil Turqueza
    Neil Turqueza 5 days ago

    But the trees😭

  • Nice flower
    Nice flower 5 days ago

    Жить в таком доме , моя мачта .

  • Eric Karn
    Eric Karn 5 days ago

    This aint no minecraft now

  • Puljek mamales
    Puljek mamales 5 days ago

    Your Just Wasting the Tree Men!

  • Aqib Imtiaz
    Aqib Imtiaz 5 days ago

    Aik video banany k lye itne trees cutting kr dye Kia faida

  • Asami Cat
    Asami Cat 5 days ago


  • Matta
    Matta 5 days ago

    I do not have the patience nor work ethic for a task like this. This takes some serious dedication. Nice job.

  • Holden Hughes
    Holden Hughes 5 days ago

    Those are some huge ass linkin logs

  • Oxis Hydro
    Oxis Hydro 5 days ago +1

    Lincoln Logs XXL Version

  • Lance Dinino
    Lance Dinino 6 days ago

    How long total did this take you?

  • The Jars4Life
    The Jars4Life 6 days ago


  • Devin Kroells
    Devin Kroells 6 days ago +8

    I can barely build a birdhouse lol. True talent world needs more hard working people like you