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

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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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  • How much did that land cost? It’s beautiful

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  • Assistindo em 21/01/2021 🤘👊👏

    Jeff KurtJeff Kurt2 órája
  • When I grow up, I want to live like him ! But I will have a wife instead of a dog ,and wifi. 💏💻

    Marcos ParraMarcos Parra4 órája
  • Sensacional 🥰

    Mara CostaMara Costa5 órája
  • hacer mierda muchos arboles, no es lo correcto!

    Edgar AlvaradoEdgar Alvarado5 órája
  • Not gonna lie all the food this man is eating looks amazing!

    sehän se onsehän se on5 órája
  • Also imagine living like this for 2 years and then deciding to go into the city during lockdown without knowing there’s covid.... would be soooo weird

    Masha LMasha L7 órája
  • I think the only thing I would do differently is get a few more dogs. :)

    Masha LMasha L8 órája

    Elsevar AliElsevar Ali9 órája
  • Este video y este hombre, son el claro ejemplo del daño que hacemos a la naturaleza. 5 años más ahi. y habrá terminado con medio bosque. ¿Necesitaba alejarse de la ciudad? ¿O construir casitas y casitas que no necesita?

    Sérvulo Muñoz MuñozSérvulo Muñoz Muñoz9 órája
  • Arthur Morgan irl !!!

    darkgate33darkgate339 órája
  • I want to do this

    Charles BronsonCharles Bronson10 órája
  • Collect your reeds for brooms, and what you do not use there are others who will pay handsomely cause they make folk art brooms. These are found in West Virginia all kinds of folk art make a kill for pottery put you own style find your own clay but work the heavy grit out. You can dry shift and use at a latter use get your wife a spinning wheel like in the movie Ghost. You can make a kill for her but you get involved also. Make mountain furniture go bend in hot months of the year with rope cut in the cold. These are substantial crafts for you two since your children are grown. A chair sitting on the side of the road paint a virbrant red or yellow put random crazy painted designs this is considered as folk art. Use those skins to make furniture. We as parents are lost and worry when our children are grown but your seed had been planted and you being older you have to move on even though you do not wish to let go. YOU have to go on without your children. Love when they visit

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown10 órája
  • I do not understand the burning of post before they go in the ground, I see you also burn your boards why?

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown11 órája
  • He packs with Moss then his mortar with straw.

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown11 órája
  • I envy you! But great work 👍

    Softly _Softly _12 órája
  • This is for what we are made for

    Guillaume RichardGuillaume Richard13 órája
  • Snow hard on eyes

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown14 órája
  • People he is using birch bark to help build fire at the big rock. The rock holds the heat and protects fire from spreading. This man knows his stuff.

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown14 órája
  • With you skins use memory foam and make signature pieces of furniture. You can stitch the Indian way.

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown14 órája
  • Water running in the sun has less parasites if you can boil.

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown14 órája
  • Your left over copper pieces make a wind chime or wind mill. Copper piece that has your last name.

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown14 órája
  • Where did you get your solar panel’s?

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown15 órája
  • Is that mortar or concrete for your cooker with rods sticking up, I saw later you built a fire and you sat a pot on the pegs fire coming up a hole for the pot.

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown15 órája
  • I did not catch why you had to tear down the round top structure. You didn’t have to give up your whole place did you? If so that is cruel of those who did that to you.

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown15 órája
  • Get a cattle drinking tub to bathe in, easy to transport for batheing outside. Get referbish tub trucked in from salvage inside the house. I been trying to figure how the easiest way and quickest to screen my porch in you taught me. See I can’t put staples in at top because of plastic sideing, I was going to frame by screwing wood at top. But measures all around I will make your way you laid out framing on floor then you put screen then with same measurements you put frame again on top of screen seeing to keeping screen taunt. Thank you for your way. I put 4 by 4 post on porch and framed to have a door on porch so now I need to put screen I tried putting screen up against wood I had made that was a horrible look it had sags I landed up ripping it down. Doing it your way I can make it taunt before inserting. I am a woman who grew up on a farm building with my papa I love achievements. And people saying wow, like you said mistakes I have made so framing all measures are different. I built a privacy wall between my apartment and neighbor, no one who has lived next to me cares to improve where they live but I have lived here since 1999 because it was the cheapest way for me to raise my daughter by myself, I was a foster child and did not want my daughter separated from her parent. Have you DVD’s of your work you should.

    Jannette BrownJannette Brown15 órája
  • This movie relaxes me.

    exsexs17 órája
  • This man is for sure gonna survive the coronavirus

    BobuxProductionsBobuxProductions18 órája
  • Ron Swanson would be so proud!

    BridieEllenBridieEllen19 órája
  • Cutting down so many trees, I doubt that he plants new trees instead of them, Did he? And killing innocent wild animals, Imagine that another hundred guys like him to go live in the wild, what would happen to the natural environment?

    Chathura GRChathura GR23 órája
  • I have a few questions. What motivated you to make that leap and do this? How did you have the time with the pressures of everyday life? And lastly have you heard of Filson Company?

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  • some RDR2 vibes

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  • seguro que los cosas en la ciudad tus muebles no bienen de madera de bosques ojos que no ven corazones que no sienten...mas se consume en una vida dependiente del estado...

    Juanito Perez Kas KouJuanito Perez Kas KouNapja
  • U could never get a woman there 😆

    Andre TuckerAndre TuckerNapja
  • The Title is such Clickbait- you weren't alone, you had the best helper with you all this time (great video)

  • What a wonderful country. And what a skill that man has. I admire those who know how to work with wood and appreciate the contact with nature.

    Tiago BarrosTiago BarrosNapja
  • Those are alot of trees...

  • At 50:22 you will see moving shadows of two different people

    Kamalpreet ChambalKamalpreet ChambalNapja
  • You have found your destination and live your dream. Great respect, to your performance. This life is hard, but honest. It's essential, but your mind is clear.

    Mike aus MünchenMike aus MünchenNapja
  • His Friend: How did U afford to buy this house? He: I just build it.

    Mohammad HallajianMohammad HallajianNapja
    • Imagine living in a country, where you are allowed to cut down trees for your purpose (sigh)

      mette holmmette holm7 órája
  • Its Grate!! Who picture ll of this??

    Guy AdaniaGuy AdaniaNapja
  • very nice, but how was he alone if the camera follow him sometimes and filming him from above

  • niceeeeee

  • Very good work and nice to watch. Wonder how much a log weight? You just pick one up after another with one arm.. my backaches just watching it.

    Martijn dikkenMartijn dikkenNapja
  • 2 years wilds.with the nudes out of.nowhere

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  • This man as my respect .I wish I could do it

    Michelle BatleyMichelle BatleyNapja
  • jum ahi solo corta arboles y pero sera q si sembro unitos almenos o q por q si no pailas

  • I was waiting him to build a TV from woods.

  • So good, sad he used plastic and bought timber for the roof

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  • The bird in the hand well God has the animals loving him too this man only kills a animal for eating and is the law of nature.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • He loves fungus, so he needs a black lab for hunting mushrooms not a hog cause hogs will eat them the dog won’t, do not take all underground mushrooms leave some, remember to mark where you found them. Mushrooms loves lots of woods.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • That dinner table wow, Kevin Costner needs to play this man. This man is amazing what is it he does not know. Oven for bread wow.

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  • Why not teach prison men to learn these things, no not so they can hide in a wilderness setting but so they can be changed by knowing they made things like this man. This man and many like him are Gods gifts on earth.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • i would not survive this video if the dog is not there

    Gabriel De GuzmanGabriel De GuzmanNapja
  • When he eats he also feeds his dogs.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • if i have the knowledge to build a log cabin and how to survive like that i would definitely build a cabin and stay there in my last years

    Gabriel De GuzmanGabriel De GuzmanNapja
  • My dream life.

    Vinícius VyllerVinícius VyllerNapja
  • I am 65 and wish even to date to have a man that would let me be involved with him on a lifestyle like this.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • You can see ice is very thick.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • Every time I see a golden Retriever I mourn for mine that died.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • For all a must to watch, and see what he does later to give back to Mother Earth. Mother Earth will provide but only with respect.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • Never saw him use a phone, Tell us what you did for communication, was it only the dog and the rider.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • You got that right and no interruptions of commercials. Me being a woman watching all the way through I am watching again, so glad when his family came thought I was going to have to go, just joking. But my thought was why a good looking man alone all that time. In China they have a very large building that has these small tiny narrow rooms that you sign yourself in for three days, it help them to decompress mentally, their work days are no less than 10 hours but most work 15 hours a day. Men that can build like this I commend and to them I am sure is not only a good memory but they also suffer very little stress cause you are with nature.

    Jannette BrownJannette BrownNapja
  • i see the skin of the bear!did yoy kill it?

    Paraksenos KosmosParaksenos KosmosNapja
  • Absolutely Amazing!

    Donnie DewberryDonnie DewberryNapja
  • YUP !

  • Never alone when you have a dawg!

    George GriceGeorge GriceNapja
  • He Musta had a camper nearby where he would take showers There is nothing special here. Just retirement and the money/time.

  • How was he charging the camera and other lights?

  • I can hear another person sawing wood off camera.

  • Off-camera you guys see him go into a modular home of his cable and hot meals ready and prepped.

  • who else thinks this ole boy did this after he got off work every day a few hundred yards from his real house..????

    OkielawmanOkielawman2 napja
  • Where did the electric lights in loft get power?

    Red DiverRed Diver2 napja
  • Anyone could do this, even BO JIDEN

    Brandon KnightBrandon Knight2 napja
  • when is the next ? I want to join I'm in Montreal.

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  • Don't be selfish and do something for your dog

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  • Did you ever see any Sasquatches?

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  • Tried to share this channel to my friends in messenger, and it won’t-let me!! Geeze why not?! I can share other channels, do you have it on some kind of locked setting???!!!

    Purple LovePurple Love2 napja
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  • So skilled

    K RanaK Rana2 napja
  • Now he's going to have to leanr how to make moonshine.

    Jay ShepardJay Shepard2 napja
  • I love love love this❣

    Belinda FalgoutBelinda Falgout2 napja
  • its amazing i want to experience this but i need to learn some skills

  • 1:19:20 cute doggo

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  • Quê linda sua casa mas não entendi oque falou nos outros vídeos

    zena Danielskizena Danielski2 napja
  • ❤️❤️

  • To be fair he did not do it all from scratch but still pretty good

    Hadi BataynehHadi Batayneh2 napja
  • 25:14 is the most beautiful scene for me. Looks like a movie when your walking up the the rocks.

    Matthew BeersMatthew Beers2 napja
  • Biggest respect for leaving this pampering world behind you.

    LennyLenny2 napja
  • Between this Life and Wealth....I will choose to leave this life. Peace,calm and full of spirit.

    Bruno KimBruno Kim2 napja
  • Thank you for the inspiration

    Mark in NamMark in Nam2 napja
  • I have a question. Can I do this without buying a land? Will I face legal issues down the line?

    Haytham HakimHaytham Hakim2 napja
  • What happened to the second dog? Beautiful. Thank you.

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  • This man needs an Oscher Award! The best part is that he can teach you how to do this by watching his videos. Subscribed!

    CharmingBeast 77CharmingBeast 772 napja
  • I didn't know u haul is in the wilderness

    Gabe SegunGabe Segun3 napja
  • Wow, he's amazing. I really enjoyed the video😍

    Sh. A.Sh. A.3 napja