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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  • My Self Reliance
    My Self Reliance  2 months ago +193

    🌲🌲If you thought that was cool, check out the Forest Kitchen I'm building now bit.ly/2OseTJb . 🌲🌲

    • ted kaczynski
      ted kaczynski 3 days ago

      sorry if this was answered elsewhere... does charring the wood help in waterproofing or is it just aesthetic?

    • Stacy Pare
      Stacy Pare 11 days ago

      absolutely love it..i subscribed. I am 33yrs old now and live in Ontario Canada. My goal is to self build a cabin like that by myself one day. then when i retire build a bigger one and live in it. Great video brother and Good job on the Cabin..looks great!

    • Jack Hawthorn
      Jack Hawthorn Month ago

      why do you char the roof planks/what does that do?

    • aubug5
      aubug5 Month ago

      My Self Reliance: well done, I’m truly impressed and a bit envious of your skills and youth. Respect!

    • be the change you wanna see in the world
      be the change you wanna see in the world Month ago +1

      if u are single,ı am dead serious I am gonna mary u..u are a real man!!!

  • Анатолий
    Анатолий 13 hours ago

    Настоящий мужчина 🖒👏

  • Sav3dbyGrace
    Sav3dbyGrace 15 hours ago

    Beautiful little cabin. I would love to do the same thing. I wish I knew someone who would be willing to work with me and teach me while building something similar together. I learn the best by being hands on. What an amazing experience it would be.

  • GoldenGamer
    GoldenGamer 15 hours ago

    This is awesome. It reminds me a lot of "Alone in the Wilderness." One of my favorite documentaries. Great job, man!

  • Luis Fernando Yepez Silva

    Es maravilloso que exista un hombre que crea que nadie puede hacerle daño ni a él ni a su propiedad.😊

  • Steve Brase
    Steve Brase 18 hours ago

    Absolutely amazing !!

  • Scott Fuller
    Scott Fuller 19 hours ago

    It is wonderful to watch creative people do creative things, especially so if that person is doing that alone. This fellow merits great respect and recognition for his most exceptional work....!

  • Chase Albrecht
    Chase Albrecht 22 hours ago

    I hope that at the very least, you didn't cut alk of those down. Otherwise great job.👍

  • أؤبي حبيب حمودي

    ابداع روعه جميل جدا

  • efe hadınoğlu
    efe hadınoğlu Day ago

    Bem müslanim ingiliz olmak kötü müslüman ol

  • TKMR !
    TKMR ! Day ago


  • Jeanne Shirley
    Jeanne Shirley Day ago


  • ZyanHD
    ZyanHD Day ago

    awesome job

  • Leonardo Granados

    You made it. That's a dream come true. Hard and right work. Hats off

  • retusaforce
    retusaforce Day ago +2

    What is seriously wrong with people? How could anyone dislike this video? Mankind is lacking something important.

  • Criss Colmenares
    Criss Colmenares Day ago +1

    Is it stability good?

  • h0pesfall
    h0pesfall Day ago

    This is so fucking amazing. you rock man :)

    ABDULHAMEED S A 2 days ago

    good luck with 👀🤔🌲🌳👷‍♂️🐕🔨👍

  • Linda Baldwin
    Linda Baldwin 2 days ago

    You have such talent with wood carpenter capabilities. Such a great video to watch and feel your experience on building the cabin.

  • Chris Mak
    Chris Mak 2 days ago

    Truly the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on TVclip. Real man, real tools, real accomplishment! Bravo brother!

  • Ozzy Paul
    Ozzy Paul 2 days ago

    Outstanding !

  • #SODA# Sapis
    #SODA# Sapis 2 days ago

    first english settler arriving at the east coast colorised

  • Fascio 73
    Fascio 73 2 days ago

    Big man!!!! Bravo veramente!!!

    BABBAR SHER 2 days ago

    Hey... why you destroy forest.....😲😲😲😲

  • jack smith
    jack smith 2 days ago

    absolutely amazing

  • Danny Sullivan
    Danny Sullivan 2 days ago

    Arguably the manliest thing I've seen today. And just earlier I witnessed a man go solo in an octagon with four wild boars.

  • Danny Sullivan
    Danny Sullivan 2 days ago

    Is this the "deforestation" that the hippies are always complaining about?

  • Mr & Mrs Ralphies ASMR

    My word!! Watching this time lapse brings back so many memories of all the episodes we watched while you were in the process of actually building this cabin!! Loved this and thanks so much for sharing!! Very well done my friend👏👏👏

  • lilbehr1
    lilbehr1 3 days ago

    Absolutely amazing my friend ! Thank you for sharing, the journey begins !

  • lilbehr1
    lilbehr1 3 days ago

    Whereabouts is this ?

  • Astari Delvi
    Astari Delvi 3 days ago

    That's really amazing, I lov ur cabin. But don't forget to plant more trees.

  • Alireza Zafari
    Alireza Zafari 3 days ago

    Well done 👍🏗

  • joey podmilsak
    joey podmilsak 3 days ago

    The most impressive thing I have ever seen, some true talent.

  • joey podmilsak
    joey podmilsak 3 days ago

    For a second I thought he was going to start backtracking because of the door..

  • Jeremy McGhee
    Jeremy McGhee 3 days ago

    Ultimate savage!!!! I love this

  • Neighborhood go 2 guy

    Wow that's awesome

  • Michael Branson
    Michael Branson 3 days ago

    Hell of a job really enjoy your videos :D

  • Graham Ball
    Graham Ball 3 days ago +5

    Hi Shawn, how the first year has gone from Autumn 2017we’ve seen you build your home which now brings us back at the most colourful time of year.
    It’s been a great journey over this past year , could we please see some more colours of the forest.
    All the best Graham.

  • حارث يزن hareth

    Love you and im watching your videos nowadays, greetings from iraq

  • Gregory Ferguson
    Gregory Ferguson 4 days ago

    THis is a picture of "LIFE" itself. Keep at it and dont stop and when your done you will be proud and self sufficent. Great Video and thats alot of time filming that you did just for us thank you so much ~

  • Tracey Swanson
    Tracey Swanson 4 days ago

    I absolutely love watching a man work alone with just his God given talent. Men are awesome!!!

  • mehmud
    mehmud 4 days ago

    from where the heck did you get all that wood ?

  • JustAllinOneResource

    Thank You.

  • Sharla Cobain
    Sharla Cobain 4 days ago

    Love your cabin!!

  • Александр Сергеев


  • horsenaround2000
    horsenaround2000 5 days ago

    Wow, you amaze me with all your skills..so beautiful.

  • Nuria Carolina Aparicio

    Ha hecho su sueño realidad. Es hermoso trabajo.
    Yo sueño con algo asi.

  • Ade Rama
    Ade Rama 5 days ago

    Thats so much woods..

  • Valdemar L S Jr
    Valdemar L S Jr 5 days ago


  • Jose Lopez
    Jose Lopez 5 days ago

    Puto amo pixa

  • Mihai Mugur Stanciu
    Mihai Mugur Stanciu 5 days ago

    Cum trece timpul... mici nu i-ti dai seama. Frumos video dar nu arata cata munca a fost

  • rosco michael
    rosco michael 5 days ago

    Most talented man I have ever seen. I admire skills and mentality like that more than a millionaire actor or superstar anyday.

  • Mel Rose
    Mel Rose 5 days ago

    Use playback speed .75. You can actually see what he’s doing and it’s spectacular

  • Hacker Joe
    Hacker Joe 5 days ago

    ~Beautiful~( •̥́ ˍ •̀ू )

  • Annette Nave
    Annette Nave 5 days ago

    Shawn, I have watched this numerous times, it still takes my breath away each time. Absolutely amazing, my friend, I'm in awe and so proud of what you have accomplished...I love it!!!

  • Fernando Luiz
    Fernando Luiz 5 days ago

    muito legal, seria legal se eu me torna-se seu aprendiz e assim construir algo assim elegante rsrs

  • Paul Liepmann
    Paul Liepmann 5 days ago

    loved it. what an inspiration. i also plan on becoming a carpenter

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 6 days ago

    Now I want to build one.

  • Derwin Emerson
    Derwin Emerson 6 days ago

    I am once again amazed and awed at your ingenuity, work ethic, and abilities! What a great video to share with my grandkids. Thank you so much!

  • islana87 THE ANGLERS
    islana87 THE ANGLERS 6 days ago +1

    Thats was to much lot work to do i just want to say mision complete weldone

  • Enzo
    Enzo 6 days ago

    So inspiring,thumbs up!!

  • Linda Wallace
    Linda Wallace 6 days ago

    Love this! Can watch it over & over!

    LOADING_GRUMPY 6 days ago

    Can you show step by step how to make one please

  • 2 Cents
    2 Cents 8 days ago

    Very well built home. I think about doing what your doing all the time. Just can't seem to get out of the rat race. I'm glad to see someone out there actually doing it and doing it well. Congrats on all the hard work!

  • Autism Apocalypse
    Autism Apocalypse 8 days ago

    Not your average bro. Well done.

  • Arealen Supervivencia
    Arealen Supervivencia 8 days ago +2

    Un proyecto espectacular sin duda, me encanta. En mi país España, eso de cortar tantos arboles para hacer un refugio de la nada esta prohibido. Yo actualmente estoy reconstruyendo el antiguo refugio de pastor del abuelo y por problemas legales me esta costando mucho conseguir el material sin que me pongan problemas. Buen canal, no conocía tu canal. Ya tienes un nuevo suscriptor.
    Un saludo.
    A spectacular project without a doubt, I love it. In my country Spain, that of cutting so many trees to make a refuge from nothing is forbidden. I am currently rebuilding the old shepherd shelter of the grandfather and due to legal problems it is costing me a lot to get the material without any problems. Good channel, I did not know your channel. You already have a new subscriber.
    A greeting.

  • Donald Thomas
    Donald Thomas 8 days ago

    I like.👌✌

  • John Perdue
    John Perdue 8 days ago

    How long did it take?
    Man hours?

  • Escape Adventures
    Escape Adventures 9 days ago

    Hello Sir, thank you for your awesome videos! I wanted to make you aware of an interesting situation. I had been struggling to understand the TVclip "related channel" feature, and then today I noticed that you are my only related channel provided by YT. This is just an interesting observation of mine as I've realized previous recommendations where not suitable to my case. Love your videos.... can't wait for more cabin developments. I'll honestly admit that you are some what of a healthy idol of mine. In some ways idolatry may not be totally evil. Love your work :)

  • Angelaperidoto
    Angelaperidoto 9 days ago

    Just AMAZING

  • Rojalinrtry 15
    Rojalinrtry 15 9 days ago

    but he cutted so many trees

  • Michael Hudecek
    Michael Hudecek 9 days ago

    I'm a new subscriber! Came across the your channel and this is the second video I watched! This was so impressive and amazing that you built your cabin all by yourself without any one else!!!!! I'm still in awe!!! My name is mike from Long Island New York. I will be watching more of your stuff and you have a beautiful dog by the way!!

    • My Self Reliance
      My Self Reliance  9 days ago

      Hi Mike. Thank you so much. I'm editing Friday's video right now and then I'll be back to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for awhile, time permitting.

  • Arnulfo Laniba
    Arnulfo Laniba 9 days ago

    Arnulfo Laniba
    1 minute ago (edited)
    I think total ban is not the answer. I think balance and proper use is the key. And i think building a log house is one of the wise use of trees. Remember: modern house contains over 10,000 harmful chemicals, not yet to include the fixtures and furnitures etc. In one study, it is concluded that the modern house is in total, a huge contributor to the modern scourge of cancer that is sweeping across the globe, upland villages not being spared, like a wildfire! So, we need an organic house, brothers.
    And by the way, forest is replenisble. If I were a log cabin contractor, I would include it in my package: tree replanting.

    My Self Reliance says his original log cabins are still OK after 25 years, some form of deterioration noted, but it means that cut trees in the area could be fully replaced while your log cabin still stands for at least another 25 years.
    Or if we want better alternatives, consider MARIJUANO (male hemp). You can make hemp concrete for floors, walls, even roofs, that turn into stone along the years by absorbing carbon from the surrounding. Secondly, we can manufacture hemp lumber (2/x2, 2x3, 2x4, 4x4 etc) from hemp sawdust and hemp fiber. So we have hemp concrete (hempcrete) and hemp lumber, not to mention the other materials we also can make from hemp's fiber, etc. It is amazing to see hemp house where almost all of the materials including those of the interior (e.g., rags, furniture, fixtures, mugs, even food!) are made from hemp!
    It has been noted that as small as 3 acres of hemp can give you materials for a house in just 2 to 3 months. That means to say that that same piece of land planted with hemp can provide you a steady supply of house material year round, as many as 4 houses a year!
    While we replaced 90% of all lumber trees with fruit trees, only 10% be left as "rain forest", thus, turning the planet into orchards to, not just preserve environment, but aslo feed the world with fruits. If we do that in the Philippines, we still have over one half of our land size, 53% to be exact to the tune of 15,900,000 hectares still not distributed to the people, still classified as forested, grassland, etc.
    Fruits trees can do what lumber trees cannot: feed the population with fruits. And take note that Genesis 1 shows us that IT IS FRUITS THAT CONTAIN THE CAPACITY OR POWERS TO SUSTAIN MAN UP TO AT LEAST 900 YEARS OF AGE! That does not need new scientific evidence. The lifespan of Adam (930 years) up to Noah (950 years) and the men in between exceed required the 2 or 3 witnesses (evidence) which the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament require to establish a fact as a fact.
    So, I have an idea: build and spread the log cabins all over the world in order to cut as many as 90% of the world's lumber trees/ rain forest, and immediately replant fruit trees of every kind with smaller trees and flowers in between. But in the planting, may the community help, and not leave it up to our amazing Self Reliance cabin builder!
    And while doing that as a collective, establish the marijuano house industry at the same time....Then we can create or co-create with God the prophesied 1,000 beautiful world just as we co-created this present BS world we suffer!
    Make sense?
    And our amazing Self Reliance house builder will have a long long way to go... God speed my friend!

  • BigFatBugRat
    BigFatBugRat 9 days ago

    winter preparations?

  • Santana Rios
    Santana Rios 9 days ago

    Thank you for sharing the video. My brother have a log house they are very nice and lot of hard work .

  • Mike Biagio
    Mike Biagio 10 days ago

    Put it on AirBNB. Seriously though, why do you charcoal the roof slats? Is it more waterproof?

  • Debi Baty
    Debi Baty 10 days ago

    WOW Beautiful !!! My dream cabin in the woods! Not many would do what you have done! You have the right to be proud!!!!

  • Love Baby
    Love Baby 10 days ago

    I wish my father build this for us.

  • SmileSQN MyLuvs
    SmileSQN MyLuvs 10 days ago

    OMG, I love this video!!! You are up there with JoeandZachSurvival channel, which is how I found you!

  • Carlos Montana
    Carlos Montana 10 days ago

    damm this is awesome 👏 I’ll get ahold of you when I get my house to build me one I’ll pay you it’s beautiful

    BLANCA 11 days ago

    Me quito el sonbtero este es un baliete esto solo lo asen los balientes

  • Fred Gardner
    Fred Gardner 11 days ago

    Serious yankers in the comments...

  • Otto MP
    Otto MP 11 days ago

    Do those logs need curing before construction?

  • Dave Fang
    Dave Fang 12 days ago

    So much respect for you

  • ASA ICEMAN. 888
    ASA ICEMAN. 888 12 days ago

    build ups

  • GameMakerDude
    GameMakerDude 12 days ago

    You can get permit to build and live in that out in Ontario?

  • Nadja Afi
    Nadja Afi 12 days ago

    Amazing work! Just wow! So satisfying to watch! 😱

  • Goldenbell001
    Goldenbell001 12 days ago


  • Tim James
    Tim James 12 days ago

    Wow! That (building log cabin) is so inspiring. Thanks for sharing. I grew up in Ohio and my mom & dad took us (5 kids) camping and fishing during many summer vacations. A couple times above Quebec City in the (then) logging district, fishing. I’m now 67 and have lived in So. California since 1977. My family and I have lived in Kenya and Spain but now, much thanks to Joe Robinet’s channel, I would love to get back up to Canada...and into the back woods. Thank you for your inspiring and educational videos.

  • Pedro Medeiros
    Pedro Medeiros 12 days ago

    Really impressive what you have done

  • korosh kabir
    korosh kabir 13 days ago


  • caroline milburn
    caroline milburn 14 days ago

    WOW, it's like Lincoln Logs come to life.

  • Scott Jenks
    Scott Jenks 14 days ago

    What a magnificent video,. A pleasure to watch. Awesome cabin also.

  • Eric Turner
    Eric Turner 14 days ago

    Wow thats crazy! You build so darn fast can't believe it took you only 4 minutes and 58 seconds to gather the materials and put together this terrific Log Cabin. Absolutely amazing!

  • FourAces22
    FourAces22 14 days ago

    What are you packing in between the logs?

  • Purely Sanded
    Purely Sanded 14 days ago

    Where do u poo

  • Jeremy Moore
    Jeremy Moore 15 days ago

    Such an AMAZING video of your cabin. Absolutely beautiful! Great job!

  • Two Feet
    Two Feet 15 days ago

    What holds the logs together once you've cut the openings for the door and windows? It was braced during the cut but is it just the frames that holds the wall together or do you hammer a dowel through them?

  • Dick Anus
    Dick Anus 15 days ago

    Mister, what defines a cabin as a cabin and not a house?

  • Missy Rabbit
    Missy Rabbit 15 days ago

    why smoke the roof wood? does it help waterproof it?