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.
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Watch the ENTIRE cabin and Forest Kitchen SERIES here:

SEASON 2 - The Interior:
SEASON 3 - The Sauna/Bathhouse:

SEASON 2 - Outdoor Cooking:

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  • too many trees destroyed but a great artist

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  • just WoW i love it

    ARESs HVARESs HV3 саат мурун
  • Big Respect. And doggy is so cute :D

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  • He may got some stuff from Walmart

    Orlando BruzualOrlando Bruzual10 саат мурун
  • Idiotice. Sofrendo atoa

    marcio expertmarcio expert13 саат мурун
  • Have you guys seen the sequel to this video? After Two Years Alone in the Wilderness | Return to the City to Catch Coronavirus

    Billy BreakahoBilly Breakaho15 саат мурун
  • I admire that man! He is so talented, skillfull and hardworker: Builder, carpenter, artist, fisherman, hanter, documentarist...

    Κυριακή ΣτέργουΚυριακή Στέργου16 саат мурун

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  • How did he get all those supplies to the cabin for instance the copper sheeting

    Robert BrynatRobert Brynat18 саат мурун
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  • I can't quit watching this. It reminds me of when I was a kid living in a 2 room shack in the mountains. Really miss that life.

    Karla HemphillKarla Hemphill20 саат мурун
  • Thank you!

    Linh NguyenLinh Nguyen21 саат мурун
  • Cool. The bizarre thing is that you have to publish it in the web and everything involved in it for people to see it, meaning we are all still connected even in the wild. But congrats anyway fantastic experience.

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  • Poor dog..... didn't feed it one time in the last 2 years:(

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  • A true grit and be alone

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  • ❤️

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  • EPIC! How did you get those amazing drone footage?

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  • He's an engineer, plumber, carpenter, worker etc His skills is great

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  • putain si j'avais su qu'on pouvait trouver des cotes de boeuf avec des tomates et des champignons en plein hivers dans la foret au canada, j'aurai tenté l aventure !

    Rickky SpannishRickky SpannishКүн мурун
  • Better than most of Hollywood movies

    Ding KhuptongDing KhuptongКүн мурун
  • Two years to build and the first summer to destroy. The man even lost his hair.

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  • This needs to be in the ASMR category, so relaxing!

    Beth MaxeyBeth MaxeyКүн мурун
  • Muito bom o cara é demais 👏👏👏

    Evanice OliveiraEvanice OliveiraКүн мурун
  • The best part is the dog! LOL

    Leo MeneghelliLeo MeneghelliКүн мурун
  • THIS VIDEO IS AWESOME AS WELL AS THE GENTLEMAN WHO MADE IT. he must have a lot of ladies that woulld like to share that cabin with him as there arn't many men around like him nowadays.

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  • Tgis man is amazing There is nothing he can't do. The cabin is beautiful. All it needs now is a bible to keep him company.

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  • Well done you are the man.

    Tony Walsh ~ Ch 1Tony Walsh ~ Ch 1Күн мурун
  • Foi com estes vídeos que comecei a gostar de vê esse tipo de programação, falam em inglês, mesmo não falando, consigo entende grande parte do que mostram e fazem. Adoraria passar uma temporada numa cabana. A cadela dele é um sucesso aparti.

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  • DOGE

    Charless BabbageCharless BabbageКүн мурун
  • More power to him but there is definitely a shot of a recently completed logging job about 400 yards from the cabin, complete with access road, landing and skid roads. Maybe the wilderness boundary was there. Just know that logging in wilderness is a no -no here in Oregon. Just saying...

    John W. MeyerJohn W. MeyerКүн мурун
    • LMAO hes in canada so why bother even saying....almost like its not worth talking about. "on earth we breath oxygen but on mars there isnt any..." good input ya dork.

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  • This boy's got skills!

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  • Excelente vídeo 👏👏👏👏

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  • Excellent Carpentry Skills and very nice Design Work...Incredible accomplishment w/ almost no electric power except that small Wind Turbine...comment from: A 25-year, Extremely Skilled Carpenter Foreman/ Field Cabinet Maker...I dont know where all your energy comes from...

    Arthur SmithArthur Smith2 күн мурун
  • First words in the video were “good girl” to his dog. Love this man

    Andrew EwingAndrew Ewing2 күн мурун
  • My man has extensive survival and construction experience. How he ever came to live in a big city is wtf I want to know

    Andrew EwingAndrew Ewing2 күн мурун
  • Che, y los arboles que cortastes? En que momento los replantas?

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  • Dois anos sozinho e... um drone filmando. Me engana que eu gosto.

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  • Interessante, mas não é real. Tem toda uma produção atrás dele. Não me enganam.

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  • Fantástico!

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  • Se fosse no Brasil, ele seria preso por estar desmatando. Olha que absurdo é o meu país.

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  • I watch them all love it.where are they now

    Priscilla BesemerPriscilla Besemer2 күн мурун
  • Um golden retriever é sempre especial, seja no gelo, no campo, na praia, na cidade, na fazenda…. 🐕🥰🥰🥰 Um companheiro incomparável!! E falo por experiência própria, pois amamos o nosso Bbzão, Aquiles. Muito legal acompanhar o desenvolvimento de todo o projeto, e as cenas com o golden. 🥰🥰🥰🐶🐕😍😍😍😍

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  • I understand the dog was nominated for a well-deserved Oscar.

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  • When you have dog, you have best friend.

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  • And after the 2 years it took him to build his log cabin he went home again.

    Richard Du PlessisRichard Du Plessis2 күн мурун
    • @Priscilla Besemer I've got no idea. I thought the idea was to live in the wilkdeness, but it seems that he must have been going to shops to get items to help in the construction.

      Richard Du PlessisRichard Du Plessis2 күн мурун
    • Did he go back to city

      Priscilla BesemerPriscilla Besemer2 күн мурун
  • you need a second person to film !!

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  • Greenpeace and Peta wants to know your location.....

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  • morning'' lei è fortunato nel poter decidere di come vivere cosa fare e mangiare.l aria aperta il ghiaccio e tanta voluta solitudine hanno permesso di poter vivere di sostentamento primitivo, insomma cercare il cibo e vivere di esso.costruire baite e trasformare forse l alaska, ne medicine ne ingrassi da cibo non esiste colesterolo.bene lei è da imitare,

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  • Wow congratulations my name is Anne Marie, live in Australia, would be proud to no you, now this what I call a man, hard working, proud of his work making a home, in the wilderness, may Christ Jesus bless you in health , beautiful dog keep on keeping amarie

    Annemarie MytkaAnnemarie Mytka3 күн мурун
  • You are on another level! This was a stunning video, every minute! And your dog is beautiful

    another_internet_personanother_internet_person3 күн мурун
  • Hi, watching from the Philippines. The content of your channel is very interesting. I enjoyed watching you building a log cabin alone. You are very skillful. Salute to you.

    LegendaryLegendary3 күн мурун
  • Milari katenangan...ngahindar ti paramean...nyorangan di tengah leweng...

    Kaka 22Kaka 223 күн мурун
  • The dog mastigando ice is very legal

    EJ NascimentoEJ Nascimento3 күн мурун
  • congratulation by hard work! you have an incredible ability! it would be very good if everyone had this ability, i would like have this ability.........hugs from Brazil

    Rouge RedRouge Red3 күн мурун
  • Who is filming him if he is alone?

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  • it proves that "action speaks more than words!"

    Janab JanabJanab Janab3 күн мурун
  • This is truly an amazing feat building that cabin by himself. God gives us the wisdom and the knowledge to survive.

    Richard 1Richard 13 күн мурун
  • For people with money.

    jorge granadosjorge granados3 күн мурун
  • Alot of hard work and perseverance. This man has got the right idea. If I ever get a chance to break free and get away then that is exactly what I am going to do.

    Richard 1Richard 13 күн мурун
  • Please also to conserve the 🌲🌲🌲forests

    Sanjay BohoraSanjay Bohora3 күн мурун
  • I love that his dog is with him. This man must have a wonderful heart.I can really understand wanting to run from the city life. I moved to the country side and there is nothing like the sound of birds and other animals. No trucks honking or people screaming. My dog and I live the simply happy life.

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  • I don't have the money nor the resources; just an inordinate faith in the Lord Almighty that one day I will visit and experience this pristine wonderland, especially the place you have built by the dint of your Karma. Is Cali still there or she has gone onto the happier hunting grounds? My spirit is somehow connected with her. She would be one creature I would have loved to meet in this life time. She and her facial expressions mirror my German Shepherd Cleopatra....

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  • Really impressive and somewhat soothing.

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  • Amazing

    Moe MuslihMoe Muslih4 күн мурун
  • Great video, great guy and great dog.

    Andy BAndy B4 күн мурун
  • He definitely rooted the dog

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  • FOCO !

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  • Ficou linda a cabana, porém, destruiu muitas árvores pra isso.

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  • I am sure you will find a good way to do this on the Woodglut website.

    Jeffrey CunningtownJeffrey Cunningtown4 күн мурун
  • Simply Spectacular ❤️❤️ You're truly a gifted Craftsman thank you I found peace watching this video twice

    Kita OdenKita Oden4 күн мурун
  • O cara saiu da cidade pra derrubar árvores! Invadiu o espaço natural.... modificou o ambiente. Vai para uma montanha isolada na Índia!

    João MeloJoão Melo4 күн мурун
  • Watching this video at the end of Covid-19 Pandemic on June 19, 2021. Precious Dog!❤️

    Lydia CabreraLydia Cabrera4 күн мурун
  • Something I am not able and willing to do. I have tried it in northern Germany with temperatures -25 to -35 C. I do not stand it.

    Abu BakerAbu Baker4 күн мурун
  • Absolutely so beautiful! You have all you need…God, dog, & cabin. Oops! I forgot to mention bears & wildlife.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏

    Lydia CabreraLydia Cabrera4 күн мурун