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

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.
“Home”, by Simon-Alexander

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SEASON 2 - The Interior:
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SEASON 2 - Outdoor Cooking:

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  • After watching the video for 20 minutes I began to wonder Where's the bathroom ?

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  • You get inspired to do this by Dick Proenneke? Best of luck with your wilderness adventure.

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  • hunting and cooking keep him busy already. supplies and materials send from Home Depot, crewmen finishes the job.

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  • i wish to marry a wilderness man... dont mind leaving the city life behind

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  • Quem quer vence o mundo! História de grande exemplo!!

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  • Nice

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  • how many trees did you cut down??

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  • He is not alone he has a dog and friend.

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  • I've been waiting to see the dog help and finally, he's capable of carrying a water bottle, hopefully to you and not off into the bush to dig a hole and hide it. Was that Scott Nearing's The Good Life you were reading? He got me excited about being self-sufficient but so far I haven't acted upon my excitement.

    Robert RamsayRobert RamsayPred 15 hodinami
  • I definitely would have paid to watch this! Excellent watch! Very happy to watch you enjoy Real Life with Mother Nature! Great skills to have!!

    Victor OroVictor OroPred 16 hodinami
  • Man, that's the way life should be !

    JOE G.JOE G.Pred 16 hodinami
  • Must be a Home Depot within walking distance.

    Dennis JohnsonDennis JohnsonPred 17 hodinami
  • Do you own this land or what???

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  • Awesome!

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  • everythg seemed pretty scarce

  • This is an industrial scale of deforestation by a single man. He was speechless & alone in the Wilderness but busy chopping off trees to build one lousy cabin & a wooden spoon - Seriously ?...LOL

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  • With everything he brought with him to make things easier - a wooden spoon could have saved him a great deal of time

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    • Very talented and knowledgable survivalist - with a a lot of help

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    • "One man leaves the city life behind, but brings a camera crew with drones, tools, a dog, somehow gets wagons and resupplies himself with fresh drinking water, a way to freeze meat in the summer...Don't be fooled

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    • That deer was not shot by a bow - entertaining video though. Why did you set so many plates for the final Christmas dinner?

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  • This is nature how it should be enjoy life to the fullest be grateful life is a handful and all the triumphs we will overcome log home is cozy and the warmth of tranquility You lifted a big smile of gravity

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  • He destroyed a whole forest on his own. why are we still building wooden houses (translated by google translate)

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  • who behind the camera ?

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  • I now think it is better than the “Nomadland”

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  • This dog is having a trip of his life!

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  • Robinson..

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  • Beautiful Woods ...colors. rain. Snow.sun. but...what about charging battery Dron, camera...?. In case of emergency, are You near to some Town, city...?

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  • Oh destroy the nature!!!

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  • In the next video he constructs a woman out of wood. She cheats on him with a bear, divorces him, and gets his cabin and dog.

    Thomas SmithThomas SmithPred 3 dňami
  • Amazing except I doubt he was alone. To much work with that camera and also 1:05:55 shows two plates with meals served up. Sooo?

    StonezsterStonezsterPred 3 dňami
    • He is married and has a family. His wife visited to help with camera, etc. His wife and kids lived in town while he did this.

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  • Thank you!!

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  • et les tuiles elles viennent de ou ? de pleine nature ?

    Kina LobbesKina LobbesPred 3 dňami
  • Estou precisando de um homem assim aqui em casa kkkkkkk

    Emilia MariaEmilia MariaPred 3 dňami
  • À cause de la longueur de temps, il le faut me reposer, je n'ai t tout visionné, mais j'y reviendrai.

    Béatrice HaefflingerBéatrice HaefflingerPred 3 dňami
  • Какая красота

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  • That dog is a goofball

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  • Where is the CameraCrew and Pizza Deliver LOL LOL

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  • are you allow to chop down any tree as you like?

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    • On his land, yes. Though he is pretty selective in the trees he takes down.

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  • Good for people who have been sick. People who don't have energy and are depressed.

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  • Are lands free for anyone to build on it? Did he has to buy this land?

    anna yueanna yuePred 3 dňami
    • He owns the land. Purchased it.

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  • you left the city but the city hasnt left you mate.

    Barca019Barca019Pred 4 dňami
  • Amei! Parabéns pelo trabalho 👏👏👏🙏

    Elizete FernandesElizete FernandesPred 4 dňami
  • amazing. good luck for you sir from indonesia

    neyla jeyneyla jeyPred 4 dňami
  • Fax ur cv to IKEA

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  • I wished I had his skills n determination...what a great way to lived a life.

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  • Amazing video. Thanks for sharing. Your dog is so loyal. I love how he loves you!

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  • Cada dia mais estou certo de que a saída para mim seria essa. Se afastar de tudo e de todos. Somente paz, natureza e pensamentos. 🏕🌲

    Luiz CamurçaLuiz CamurçaPred 4 dňami
  • Dog gives nice haircuts !

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  • This is what life should be,peace and quiet,one with nature and Inner growth.

    Max WilsonMax WilsonPred 4 dňami
  • sozinho é mentira

    Henrique Barbosa SantosHenrique Barbosa SantosPred 4 dňami
  • I love it

    Marcia PenteadoMarcia PenteadoPred 4 dňami
  • Inspiring! Such grandeur!!

    Devonne DavisDevonne DavisPred 4 dňami
  • Tem gente que usa motoserra elétrica ou à gasolina, aí fica mais fácil, gostei deste cara ele é raiz tudo feito à mão, rústico.👍👏🇧🇷

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  • Just destroying nature

    Shikha AgarwalShikha AgarwalPred 4 dňami
    • How so? He is probably leaving a smaller imprint on the area he is in over a year than a home in the suburbs would consume in a day.

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  • This video gave me some kind of peace, which I couldnt explain but can just feel ❤

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  • wow, really appreciate. Is that your friend at 50.25?

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  • Amazing × Amazing × Amazing ××××

    Richard BodundeRichard BodundePred 4 dňami
  • Dieu que j'aurais aimé vivre ces deux années...

    amandine ahresamandine ahresPred 4 dňami
  • Since there's no electricity, I take it a portable solar charger is used for the camera's batteries?

    grss1982grss1982Pred 5 dňami
  • ive learned alot by watching this, if you wanna get something done, fast the way you wanted it, do it yourself, but do it with nature to guide you all my respects and blessings goes out to this man and his best friend, dont know the dogs name but it seems tho its good to have that one good friend to keep you company through out the journey

    True GamerTrue GamerPred 5 dňami
  • This is truly inspiring! Thank you for sharing this with us!

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  • Excellent work

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  • Brilliant camerawork.

    Redbull11Redbull11Pred 5 dňami
  • You need to shave and care about yourself. No woman wants a mountain man. A huge unkept beard.🤢

    dee danisdee danisPred 5 dňami
  • I guess in this modern world without a solar panel I never start make a new house!

    RhymetimeRhymetimePred 5 dňami
  • I was getting tired just watching this. Think I’ll just get a job and an apartment. At least I can watch videos of people building log cabins in the wilderness on YT.

    Martin GMartin GPred 5 dňami
  • This is the example of how youngsters can get lost in the thoughts and adventures, maybe reality for some.

    Doug FergusonDoug FergusonPred 5 dňami
  • How does this 2 year old video has 29 million view, but no likes? Something is very wrong with SVcode these days. Well, I went ahead and gave it it's '1st like'. 😊

    The TruthSayerThe TruthSayerPred 5 dňami
    • @Rhymetime Okay. Because, his other videos have likes and dislikes on them. Have no clue why he would put settings on a 2 year old video and not the rest of them. Only he knows I guess. But, thanks.

      The TruthSayerThe TruthSayerPred 4 dňami
    • @The TruthSayer These are the settings of the owner. You can do the same with your videos.

      RhymetimeRhymetimePred 4 dňami
    • @Rhymetime you mean the owner of the channel or SVcode? If it is the owner of the channel, then I didn't know there was that option available to them as one would only use that if they are getting lots of dislike and I don't see many dislike on Shawn's videos so I wouldn't see why he would use that unless he is using that for all his videos.

      The TruthSayerThe TruthSayerPred 4 dňami
    • Cuz he hide these like stats omg..

      RhymetimeRhymetimePred 5 dňami
  • Yes, I left my life in the city, now I live in an area full of greenery, it's so calming

    SmokeOnThe FireSmokeOnThe FirePred 5 dňami
  • Wow, marvellous thanks for sharing.

    Yolande LaurierYolande LaurierPred 5 dňami
  • The man is a stud.

    Jim SmithJim SmithPred 5 dňami
  • Thank you sir for a good luk in your nu Home i vil kom and visit you and I vil take som good Danish bacon vith mi so vi can Enjoy it and get a good talk im shure vi can.🇩🇰😁hi There.

    Stig RonnelStig RonnelPred 5 dňami
  • Living there, in that house, is my idea of heaven.

    Arif M MArif M MPred 5 dňami
  • I subscribed after 10 seconds watching. One pf the bests recommendation by youtube.

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  • how in the hell can he or anyone afford to take off work that long??!!

    Dionne DunsmoreDionne DunsmorePred 5 dňami
  • Muito bom excelente

    Jailson Lima FrazãoJailson Lima FrazãoPred 5 dňami
  • Brilliant! Congratulations sir!

    DeadLetterOpenerDeadLetterOpenerPred 5 dňami
  • You cook good rabbit pilgrim.

    Keith BowenKeith BowenPred 5 dňami
  • I see you cutting down trees all the time, and the annual growth of that forest is not as much as you have destroyed.

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  • Having a dog around you during this project probably helped so much.

    Keith BowenKeith BowenPred 5 dňami
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  • 48:20 These (birds?) nightly animal sounds are unlike anything i have ever heard. Would love to know what they are called, if anyone knows please ;) Greetings from germany!

    Chani KynesChani KynesPred 6 dňami
  • Brilliant human being! Genius!

    Kennedy Chwala WanambisiKennedy Chwala WanambisiPred 6 dňami
  • Hi, I love your channel and find it so relaxing and inspirational, but I was just curious, at 3 min 38 sec you are cutting another log and there appears to be a two storey weatherboard house above you in the bottom left corner of the screen. Are you in the wilderness in this shot or building next to another house? I don't see this stucture in any other footage?

    Simon ShepherdSimon ShepherdPred 6 dňami
  • Amazing. You are really strong. I enjoyed the way you built the house, it's very beautiful.

    Two PigsTwo PigsPred 6 dňami