Log Cabin TIMELAPSE Built By ONE MAN In The Forest (Real Life Minecraft)

  • Published on Jan 10, 2018
  • Timelapse video of a complete 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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Comments • 829

  • Joshua Hewes Bushcraft
    Joshua Hewes Bushcraft 11 hours ago

    Wow just Wow!!!😦

  • 5chl3cht
    5chl3cht 16 hours ago

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G Work... but one question: from where comes the Power for the lights at the end? a generator? anyway... big respect and greetings from Bavaria

  • LilShizammy
    LilShizammy 16 hours ago

    Man absolutely beautiful. The amount of weed I would be smoking in there.... oh baby. Except I would bring my kitty instead of a dog.

  • Al _Sl
    Al _Sl 19 hours ago


  • Regev Hindi
    Regev Hindi 21 hour ago

    One word. WOW!

  • rucksEph
    rucksEph Day ago

    But...but why?

  • Jim Cooksey
    Jim Cooksey Day ago

    I have enjoyed watching you build the cabin, I wonder what comes next..... an guest cabin? A out building? Whatever it is...... I will be here.

  • John Ladd
    John Ladd Day ago

    Sir I have so much admiration for you.

  • Oshies World
    Oshies World Day ago

    This is so awesome and your pup is so big now. I remember the video from when you first got her!

  • Robin Minkler
    Robin Minkler Day ago

    I gotta say that this is hands down one of the coolest things I've ever seen!

  • Thomas Kirby
    Thomas Kirby Day ago

    Wow. What an amazing achievement. Kudos!

  • Jay Trock
    Jay Trock Day ago

    Can someone tell me why he chars the wood? Does it become a water resistant barrier or is it just for appearance?

  • Paul Zimmerman
    Paul Zimmerman Day ago

    wow , nice job

  • Liquid bend
    Liquid bend Day ago

    Do you feel that they way you did the roof will last >? I mean how has it done with the water and elements ?

  • RafiShadow
    RafiShadow Day ago

    Looks like a small paradise on earth. Well Done.

  • James McCreary
    James McCreary Day ago

    How does the wood not rot without a lacquer?

  • Mowthan
    Mowthan Day ago

    I love this.

  • Wolfman Wolf
    Wolfman Wolf Day ago

    No time is really wasted in the outdoors. Greetings from Germany.

  • Joe Wilshire
    Joe Wilshire Day ago

    Man... You are really an inspiration. Thanks for sharing this

  • Claudio Orias
    Claudio Orias Day ago

    Man, you are a real man! Awesome Cabin!

  • O. Aibekov
    O. Aibekov 2 days ago

    Awesome! Hi from post soviet country

  • Janne Wolterbeek
    Janne Wolterbeek 2 days ago

    I could watch this over and over and over. Wow.

  • Liquid bend
    Liquid bend 2 days ago

    What’s the dimensions of the cabin ?

  • rexstuff
    rexstuff 2 days ago

    "Real Life Minecraft"? Oh, that is so sad...

  • Ben Jammin
    Ben Jammin 2 days ago

    I can’t get over this every time!!! Heavenly

  • RampagingRice
    RampagingRice 2 days ago

    This is very impressive. In total, how long did it take from the first tree to sleeping in?

  • Moldovan Sebastian
    Moldovan Sebastian 2 days ago

    You need to meet with Primitive Technology guy and build something together. Great job sir, you have my respect

  • Thexsoar the Bearded

    That he did it by hand is impressive enough, but to know he did it all in under 5 minutes is amazing! Imagine if he had all day?

  • Marek O
    Marek O 2 days ago

    SUUUUPER :-) I also built a wooden house myself (youtube) I know how hard it is
    job. Congratulations, I admire

  • Stefan Naas
    Stefan Naas 2 days ago

    Respect... man

  • Joe Brown
    Joe Brown 2 days ago

    Freakin awesome Shawn.

  • Angela Paula
    Angela Paula 2 days ago

    This is wonderful!! I love this cabin!!

  • sahiel5
    sahiel5 2 days ago


  • piztolo
    piztolo 2 days ago

    what's the track name?! Please

  • JuanGentili
    JuanGentili 2 days ago


  • Morrdo
    Morrdo 2 days ago

    Well, its a great amount of work that you put into the log cabin! I am just curious if you build the cabin on the ground does the wood logs and planks will get rot quite soon from wet, from the ground? Do you have any ideas how to prevent the situation like this?
    Once again this is outstanding work!

  • JF Kansas
    JF Kansas 3 days ago

    That would sell for 499k in California.

  • Martincho Chevy
    Martincho Chevy 3 days ago


  • Clampetron
    Clampetron 3 days ago

    How long?

  • Steve
    Steve 3 days ago


  • Dave O'Donovan
    Dave O'Donovan 3 days ago

    Now that is "getting away from it all. I applaud you and can only assume that eventhough it was hard work it was enjoyable and a great way to switch off to the rat race so many of us are caught up in. I'm based in Ireland but if there's a housewarmer happening let me know! Well done again!

  • Dålldån
    Dålldån 3 days ago

    I like your videos and have followed you a long time James, but i can’t stop myself from thinking that you are starting to get greedy and hungry for the views and attention lately. Feels like the pure and honest titles and content are getting hollow. Please don’t become like the other moneycrazy TVcliprs.

  • Derek Campbell
    Derek Campbell 3 days ago

    amazing work !

  • plafereon nitsuroku
    plafereon nitsuroku 3 days ago +2

    In Russia we say "GOLDEN HANDS" !!! no other comment is necessary

  • Simon Goodfellow
    Simon Goodfellow 3 days ago

    @AvE Why do you even own all those powertools if this is how you're going to spend your time?

  • The Enlight
    The Enlight 3 days ago

    Now let's hope the government doesn't destroy your house like it does to many people who build their own house.

  • Pelhamite
    Pelhamite 3 days ago

    A classic example of somebody setting a goal, and through hard work and perseverance, achieving the goal! Bravo!!

  • Björn Morén
    Björn Morén 4 days ago

    In Sweden most log cabins are built with logs that have their under-sides cut to match the contour of the lower log. We use log scribes for this. Is that not common Canada? Thanks for taking the time to make the video!

  • Dukefrukem
    Dukefrukem 4 days ago

    Love this.

  • Feodossiya Online
    Feodossiya Online 4 days ago

    I thought only in my country there were such nut people...Deep respect from Russia!

  • Marcus Rayner
    Marcus Rayner 4 days ago

    Visual poetry, you are an inspiration, seeing it like that just shows your determination to create something beautiful and by videoing you have created a legacy to show us all that with hard work change is possible, and we can build a better life for ourselves and our families, what it didn't capture though was your self reflections which to me has been just has important as the build, great stuff I'm sure it will have inspired lots of people to watch your previous videos, thanks Shawn really looking forward to seeing what this year brings 😊

  • Dipayan Degtyarev
    Dipayan Degtyarev 4 days ago

    You jst earned a new subscriber.

  • Happy Humble Hermit
    Happy Humble Hermit 4 days ago

    Beautiful, thanks for making and sharing. Fantastic editing as well.

  • McK
    McK 4 days ago


  • Adam Cook
    Adam Cook 4 days ago

    It's amazing and well deserved , the attention you are receiving. Congrats Sir

  • rrobertt13
    rrobertt13 4 days ago

    Your self reliance? How does that work? Did you plant yourself the trees you cut down?

  • avie
    avie 4 days ago

    Curious why the "fridge" was so close to the woodstove? Great craftsmanship for sure!!

  • Much Sunshine
    Much Sunshine 4 days ago

    Winter is coming

  • buchraft woodsman
    buchraft woodsman 4 days ago

    hi. waauw respect!!!! from a tree to a beautiful cabin in the woods. your a lucky man.. love the vids. keep on the good vibs. grtz

  • AskHack
    AskHack 4 days ago

    Awesome. I hope to have a fappin cabin some day.

  • Kevin l
    Kevin l 4 days ago

    Outstanding great video 👍👍👍👍👍

  • davidlee0817
    davidlee0817 4 days ago

    Made the world news!! Congrats

  • Jacob The Loofah
    Jacob The Loofah 4 days ago

    Minecraft 2 looks pretty good so far

  • Niels Ziethen
    Niels Ziethen 4 days ago

    I tip my hat to you sir. That is mighty mighty impressive.

  • Tiago Silva
    Tiago Silva 4 days ago

    talk about deflorestation

  • Simon, a bloke in the woods

    Really, really enjoyed that! Thank you!

  • xupameoscolhoes
    xupameoscolhoes 4 days ago

    very very good, well done !!

  • Shawn Caney
    Shawn Caney 4 days ago

    Watch out for robinet very shady

  • Sara McLain
    Sara McLain 4 days ago

    Impressive. Very impressive.

  • Gold grinder
    Gold grinder 4 days ago

    I am impressed. Subscribed.

  • Avetarx
    Avetarx 4 days ago +1

    Slightly Modern Technology.

  • Krish Kk
    Krish Kk 4 days ago

    Respect for the good work..wow

  • hunntar
    hunntar 4 days ago

    Well done sir!

  • Fflakey Man
    Fflakey Man 5 days ago

    They mean two men

  • bahhaziz
    bahhaziz 5 days ago

    And it has a second floor...

  • PalmBeach2356
    PalmBeach2356 5 days ago

    Truly enjoying your journey. My Grandfather built a summer home cabin hand log Waterton 1947 1950. Took him 2 years between work. It stands today. Your work videos have taken my breath away.

  • Stephen Booth
    Stephen Booth 5 days ago

    News article with video also.

  • Geogrgiy Sedov
    Geogrgiy Sedov 5 days ago

    Very awesome =)

  • Stephen Booth
    Stephen Booth 5 days ago

    Part of this video was just on World News Now at around 3:01AM est.

  • Kevin Grady
    Kevin Grady 5 days ago

    Wow, very nice.

  • Evan G
    Evan G 5 days ago +1

    Don't know if you have seen this yet! International News! Good Work! www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5271313/Canadian-man-builds-log-cabin-cool-time-lapse-video.html

  • SwordsmanRyan
    SwordsmanRyan 5 days ago

    Lincoln logs

  • MaryEllen Bailey
    MaryEllen Bailey 5 days ago

    "What a inspiration.A lost art that you are keeping alive ,doing the build without a kit and using your mind and own hands .God bless.

  • MisterKugeln
    MisterKugeln 5 days ago


  • Christopher Mark
    Christopher Mark 5 days ago


  • gruntqueen
    gruntqueen 5 days ago

    Saw this on the ABC News app this morning. Congratulations!

    TUGATUBE 5 days ago

    Big Deal I can do that since I was 12yo it's called minecraft

  • shaun wakefield
    shaun wakefield 5 days ago

    Great job

  • Elena Haskins
    Elena Haskins 5 days ago

    Inspirational. Thank you.

  • 63hunter1
    63hunter1 5 days ago

    It has been a pleasure to follow along with you, thank you for sharing your build as well as your good words of wisdom.

  • Duchess0607
    Duchess0607 5 days ago

    I found your channel through Joe Robinet. I’m glad I did. What a wonderful time lapse video and thank you for sharing some of your time with us. All the best for 2018 😊😊

  • Shahbaz Sheikh
    Shahbaz Sheikh 5 days ago

    ... and that too without power tools!

  • Luke Warm
    Luke Warm 5 days ago


  • numbereightyseven
    numbereightyseven 5 days ago

    I wonder what the 136 thumbs-downers wanted. Narration? Different music? Hate and violence and US politics? Something plastic and fake? Hmm.

  • john bowley
    john bowley 5 days ago

    Loved the music.

  • Alsana
    Alsana 5 days ago +1

    Damn Ikea, they are out of control.

  • patriots1needed
    patriots1needed 5 days ago

    Well done!

  • 95in3rd
    95in3rd 5 days ago


  • Tailss1
    Tailss1 5 days ago

    You made the Daily Mail :) www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5271313/Canadian-man-builds-log-cabin-cool-time-lapse-video.html

  • evo bon
    evo bon 5 days ago

    Truly Amazing! Cheers from Sweden!