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When the hustle and bustle of modern life starts to get you down, just watch today’s video.
At one point or another, all of us dream of leaving it all behind and living off the grid. Shawn James, outdoorsman and photographer, actually did it——and recorded nearly every step of the process for his YouTube channel.
In just 5 minutes, a small clearing in the woods near Algonquin Park, Canada, transforms into a homestead. No power tools of any kind were used. He did it all by hand.
Grab a cup of coffee, take a load off, and relax while you watch:
Really wonderful, isn’t it?
Shawn spent an entire summer cutting and notching the balsam fir and cedar logs off-site with a log scribe, axe, saw, adze and wood carving gouge.
When he was finished, he hauled it to his land near Algonquin Park.
“Once on site, I spent a month reassembling the cabin on a foundation of sand and gravel,” Shawn writes in the video description. “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.”
Decades of carpentry and woodcraft are on display here. The notching alone, you have no idea how difficult it is. It HAS to be tight. Guys like Shawn and Dick Proenneke of “Alone In the Wilderness” (go watch it right now) make it look easy…but it sure ain’t.
Couple of interesting notes…for the roof, he uses a combination of tar paper and burnt wood——a process called shou sugi ban, a fire hardening wood preservation technique from Japan. Heck, even Dick Proenneke used poly for the roof. We wouldn’t blame any man for doing the same. The roof HAS to be water-tight.
There are longer videos of the process on his YouTube channel, so if this video got you interested, there’s plenty more to watch.