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Another Year in the Wilderness | Off Grid and Self Reliant in a Cabin

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  • Another Year in the Wilderness | Off Grid and Self Reliant in a Cabin

    1:5:48

    Another full year in the wilderness living my dream. Inspired by my friend Shawn James of My Self Reliance, this video is similar to his video, Another Year in the Wilderness:

    We look forward to another year here, albeit under very different circumstances. Thanks for watching.

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  • A Year in the Wilderness | Off Grid and Self Reliant in a Log Cabin

    3:22:14

    Another full year in the wilderness living my dream. There is no place I would rather be than in the wilderness, self reliant, thriving in an off grid log cabin and living close to nature. Spring arrived today, and in my mind, it's the beginning of a new year and I reflect on the last 365 days spent building my homestead and creating a safe place for my family and me for times like this. The next 365 days will bring big changes for me and my family as we continue to learn how to and practice becoming more self reliant and put the lessons I have learned over the last three years to use. This year, food security and health are our focus, along with a few building projects that I'll be undertaking alone to make our homestead more self sufficient.
    Stay healthy and be kind.
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  • Two Years Alone in the Wilderness | Escape the City to Build Off Grid Log Cabin

    1:31:34

    #logcabin #bushcraft #offgrid #survival
    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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  • A Full Year Creating and Then Leaving an Off Grid Wilderness Homestead

    1:20:17

    From the first day of spring 2020 to the last day of winter 2021, I create a vegetable garden in the middle of a forest, build a root cellar, a screened in porch on my off grid log cabin and an off-grid workshop, and on the first day of spring 2021, I move out of my log cabin and start a new life creating a new wilderness homestead in a more remote location.
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  • A Year in the Wilderness | 4 Seasons of My Best Nature Footage | Relaxation | Drone

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    Merry Christmas! Canada and Alaska throughout the seasons.
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  • This is It! My New Off Grid Log Cabin in the Wilderness | The End and The Beginning

    44:57

    Now Available - CHAGA -
    Here is the first look at the layout of my new off grid log cabin.
    My old off grid log cabin in the wilderness is empty and I have moved out, ready to work full time on my new log cabin and wilderness homestead. I clear the site, lay out the footprint of the cabin and begin digging the foundation.
    An early canoe trip down an icy river ends badly, maple sugar season comes to a close, I move out of the old cabin and I cut deer steaks on an open fire at the new homestead.
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  • Full Year of Wilderness Living, Bushcraft, Fishing, Foraging, Hunting & Outdoor Cooking, What I Eat

    1:17:31

    Living off the land takes a lot of time, effort, experience and knowledge and this past year brought me a few steps closer to my goal of providing 90% of my food from hunting, fishing, foraging, growing, raising, cooking and preserving. Now that I have systems in place and good locations to gather from the wild and the garden, preserving food for long term off-grid storage is my next greatest challenge.
    Join me at my new homestead this year as a build a greenhouse, cabin, outdoor kitchen, sauna, outhouse and more.

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  • CHARRED WOOD FOUNDATION for My OFF GRID Wilderness Log Cabin | Greenhouse Irrigation | Shou Sugi Ban

    44:06

    I erect the first walls of a charred wood basement, a foundation for my off-grid wilderness log cabin. A bear visits and I chase it away before my dog sees it. I build a raised bed in my greenhouse and install drip lines and a water pump powered by solar panels. Cali, my Golden Retriever, and I explore a local lake by canoe and a bull moose and whitetailed deer visit our remote homestead.

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  • Alone in the Wilderness - A year off grid

    1:34:56

    Another full year in the wilderness living my dream. Inspired by my friend Shawn James of My Self Reliance, this video is similar to his latest video seen here:

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  • Building the BIGGEST DIY Log Cabin / Working OFF GRID / Second Year REVIEW

    3:43:09

    #logcabin #woodworking #offgrid #nikrijavec
    It's hard to believe that the second year of my log cabin building had already came to an end. Another year of hard and what at times feels like endless work. It's when I look back at the end of the year and realize the progress I've made so far. The structure now is closed in from the outside elements, which is a big achievement for me and it's a relief to have the logs protected from the rain. Doing everything DIY for sure is taking a lot more time and work, but the satisfaction of seeing something grow built by your hands it's an indescribable feeling and I take great pride in doing it my way.
    Hope you enjoy the video and thank you very much for watching and thanks to everyone that has been following my progress and supporting my channel. Especially a big thank you to everyone who helped me along the way, my family, friends,...

    This videos is a recap of the second year of my work on the log cabin and some nature moments around it. This is not a video to teach you how to build a log house.

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  • Goodbye Old Cabin

    8:51

    My last day at the cabin....

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  • Alone at Dick Proennekes Log Cabin in the Wilderness | Silence and Solitude in Alaska

    1:8:56

    #logcabin #cabin #Alaska
    Shawn James visits Dick Proenneke's off grid log cabin at Twin Lakes in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska and spends two nights alone camping on the gravel beach of upper Twin Lake. Bears, moose and Dall sheep abound and he catches and cooks fish on an open fire, including arctic grayling and arctic char, catching and releasing sockeye salmon as well.
    Hiking in the mountains of the Alaskan range, he views incredible vistas from the mountain tops and watches as clouds race through the valley, with ever changing weather - rain, sun, wind...
    See the inside of Proenneke's log cabin as well as three others, which will be showcased in more detail in the follow up video.

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  • Alone Again

    39:53

    #offgrid #alone #logcabin
    Alone with my dog again at the off grid log cabin in the Canadian wilderness. I talk about what happened to my wife, I make spruce tip tea and skin salve with spruce tips, bear fat and beeswax, I plant berry bushes alongside the creek, check on my potatoes planted in the spruce bog, smoke turkey breast in the forest kitchen and use a chainsaw to clear the forest for a greenhouse and workshop. To hear more about the story of my family and our life, tune into my other channel for regular updates. Shawn James
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  • The Day Ive Been Avoiding for Two Years | A Door in the Back of My Log Cabin

    29:22

    In preparation for my wife's arrival in less than 3 weeks, I cut a door from my off grid log cabin into the adjoining storage shed.
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  • Building an Off-Grid Homestead ..... start to finish

    35:06

    A simple off grid homestead. Built from the ground up with your own hands. Thats the dream for thousands of people around the world. But, with cable TV programs and made up youtube videos, what does that look like in reality. In this video , my wife Brooke and I show the process of building an off grid homestead , start to finish, and what its actually like. Thanks for watching.

    Portions of this video were provided by my wife's footage that you can see on her channel ( Girl in the Woods)....here's a link to her channel.

  • BUILDING OUR DECK

    24:21

    The layout for the deck has been tedious and the weather unpredictable. A storm washes through that causes concerns over the footers shifting so we need to act quickly to fix the issue. As the posts for the deck finally begin to get installed we are able to see the additional living space taking shape before our eyes.
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    We are a couple who are building our own home from the ground up in the mountains of West Virginia. After living near the city our entire lives we finally decided to sell it all, pack up our 3 kids and live in an RV on our 73 acres while building our own debt free, off-grid house and learning to live a more self-reliant life.
    Our house build is documented entirely on our main channel Wild Wonderful Off-Grid and our family life vlogs can be found on our secondary channel Wild Wonderful After Show

  • Off Grid Log Cabin: Primitive Clay Daub and Wood Fired Cast Iron Pizza

    34:00

    Using primitive skills to mix clay, sand, wood ashes from the fireplace, moss and grass to make a mortar to fill in the gaps between the logs, I spend three days weatherproofing the cabin against the strong cold winds of winter in Canada. This is very primitive technology and could be used to build an entire cabin with support from wattle and daub, a lattice pattern of small sticks. I will be incorporating more primitive technology into the other buildings on the property where I will build with stone, clay and wood to make a root cellar, cheese cave, bath house (sauna and shower), wood shed, workshop, maple syrup shack and more. I have found a source of free pallet wood and scrap wood within about 40 kilometres of the land that the cabin is on, so I may start gathering that when I'm in town so that I can build a small pallet wood cabin or shed to store wood and tools near the road. I have a shallow drilled well near the road where I park my truck, so I plan on building a wood shanty around the pump to keep it protected and so that it doesn't freeze as deeply in the winter. Basically it will be a pumphouse with storage room.
    It is so cold outside that the rivers are freezing even where the current is strongest, and the shallow slow moving creek behind the cabin re-freezes after a few days of unseasonably warm weather.
    At night, I continue working inside the cabin by headlight, and since I'm off grid, I light the tiny house with lanterns and candles. The hot fire in the wood stove keeps the cabin at a comfortable 20 degrees Celsius, even during the coldest nights.
    For dinner, I make sourdough pizza dough and cook it on a cast iron frying pan on top of the stove. My wife made the whole-wheat sourdough bread and dough and the mozzarella cheese she made from raw milk using traditional methods.

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  • Log Cabin Build in a Rain Storm with My Dog | Off Grid Sauna

    34:59

    Storms roll through the area at the off grid log cabin in the wilderness, hampering my efforts to complete the front porch on the sauna bathhouse. Cali, my golden retriever, loves the rain and the cooler weather of early fall in Canada and enjoys are long walks in the forest exploring the lakes and rivers around the homestead.

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  • Raising the Roof | The Forest Kitchen | Off Grid Log Cabin Build, Ep.3 S1

    50:34

    The Forest kitchen at the off grid log cabin takes shape this week as I build the roof structure and clad it with one inch pine boards. The log cabin and homestead look so much better now that the trees have leafed out, transforming the scene from drab brown and greys to green seemingly overnight. Early one morning, a bull moose visits the cabin and poses for the camera while my dog, Cali the Golden Retriever, looks on. For dinner, we have fresh trout with onions and spinach one night and morels, spinach and fiddleheads the next night.
    As expected, blackflies and mosquitoes were bad this week, but only early in the morning and just before dark. The log cabin site is just clear enough to provide sun and heat to keep the bugs at bay during the middle of the day, so most of my outside construction of the log pavilion was during this period when I could film without my camera lens covered in bugs.
    This week, I discovered the timelapse feature on my Canon cameras (slow learner!) so I have a few scenes of the clouds moving across the sky, including the aftermath of a thunderstorm. Before I finished the video editing, another storm moved in as the weather system with high temperatures and humidity moved out.
    Tune in next week to see the next phase of the off grid forest kitchen at the log cabin - finishing the pavilion and starting the grill and smoker.


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  • 50 years off-grid: architect-maker paradise amid NorCal redwoods

    47:29

    In 1968, Charles Bello and his wife, Vanna Rae, moved onto 240 acres of redwood forest looking to live a simpler life off the land. They had spent their savings to purchase the land so they got to work building their home themselves. Their first structure was a panelized A-frame that they erected in 5 days (with help from a couple family members). The total cost was $2,800.

    The property is a half-hour drive down a dirt road and it was bare land when they arrived so Charles and Vanna Rae built their own infrastructure: roads, bridges and went decades without refrigeration nor phone (they eventually installed PV panels and cabling for phone lines).

    After 15 years in the A-frame, they built a cabin in the woods, and there they lived for a decade until the trees began to block out their views. In 1991 Charles (who once apprenticed under famed architect Richard Neutra) designed the Parabolic Glass House. With a curvilinear wood roof and two curved walls of windows, the home feels enveloped in trees.

    Charles and Vanna Rae built it for $8,500 with the timber they milled themselves, using salvaged materials for everything from doorknobs to stoves. The couple relied on photovoltaics, solar thermal and gas for power, and a dug-in greenhouse attached to the home provided much of their food. By canning and preserving, they could go for months without going to a grocery store. Their two boys were homeschooled. The couple supported themselves selling Christmas trees.

    Nearly all the old-growth trees on the property were logged in the early 20th century, but Charles has spent the past half-century restoring the land. He and his wife set up the Redwood Forest Institute in 1997 to manage and preserve the forest. He has carefully selected 1,000 trees to be preserved for 2 millennia as the next generation of old-growth.

    Now, 88 years old and a widower, Charles is determined to find successors; he hopes to find three professional couples in their early 40's, financially independent, who want to settle on the property continuing 52 years stewardship of this special place in a sustainable lifestyle where one does for himself or herself rather than urban living. He is currently building glamping guest houses that he hopes will help fund the enterprise.

    To apply for a caretaker position:

    From Charles: Seeking 6 people, preferably three couples or a combination of two couples and several other professional applicants who desire to live in a remote area, in the middle of the redwood forest away from the hustle and bustle of urban life in a quasi sustainable lifestyle primarily active in food production - food processing, shelter, and financial sustainablility, along with teaching these skills to others so that they too, can have this lifestyle on their own or with friends..

    As evident by the huge interest in our Alternative LifeStyle Skills program, we are accepting visitors this spring and summer who want to learn more about what we have to offer. Please, use email contact - cbello@savetrees.org - for more information.

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  • OFF GRID LOG CABIN with My WIFE and DOG, Catch and Cook TROUT

    30:59

    #logcabin #fishing #goldenretriever

    My beautiful wife and my cute dog, a golden retriever named Cali, join me on an ice fishing trip from the off-grid log cabin in central Ontario Canada. We start off the day with coffee – actually lattes made on the wood stove - before setting out with the sled and ice fishing gear to catch and cook rainbow trout for dinner. Our DJI Mavic Pro drone captures video and photos of the surrounding wilderness, and I film the trip with my Canon 80D and Canon 6D. Cabelas Canada was kind enough to provide us with a 6-man ice fishing hut, Jet Sled and ice chisel to make our fishing trip more comfortable.
    We set out across the frozen lake with the dog running ahead of us, she climbs the granite cliffs to investigate the wildlife in the forest of the Canadian Shield. Once we find a nice spot to set up camp, we try out the G Stove for the first time. In the attached oven, we bake chocolate chip cookies and on the stovetop, I heat up a pot of green curry soup.
    I auger (drill) several holes in the ice while my wife captures the scene using the drone. Once the fishing lines are set, we settle in and enjoy the amazing scenery of wilderness Canada on a remote lake in the backcountry. I have camped on this lake many times in the past and I know the fishing is quite good. Within no time, I catch 5 rainbow trout and I keep 3 of them the to cook for dinner later that night.
    The weather is perfect; with relatively warm temperatures, partial cloud and intermittent snow flurries. In the late afternoon, we pack up the tent, camping gear, wood stove, axe and other bushcraft tools and head back to the log cabin for dinner. Before we leave, the clouds break up on the horizon and we are treated to a spectacular sunset over the lake, with granite islands and windswept pines in the background.

    Back at the off grid cabin in the wilderness homestead, I light a fire in the stove and prepare the trout for dinner. Catch and cook fresh fish is one of our favorite meals, and this is no exception. We accompany the fish dinner with chili and red wine. Living off the land using primitive technology is my preferred method of procuring dinner, but this is a close second. My survival in the coming years as I prepare to move more off grid will depend on my bushcraft and survival skills.

    Catching the trout was a little trickier than I anticipated. I had artificial lures as well as minnows and worms, and to my surprise, on the worms actually worked. All five trout were caught on worms actually, which I never would have predicted. In the days following this trip, Joe Robinet and I headed out to catch and cook warm water species of fish including pike, perch and walleye (pickerel). These fish much preferred minnows and were easier to catch. Plus, since we winter camped nearby in a hot tent, we were able to fish right until dark when the fish were more active.

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  • LIVING OFF GRID in a FOREST CABIN - What We Do at Night | BLOWTORCH & FIRE to PROTECT WOOD - Ep.134

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    LIVING OFF GRID in a FOREST CABIN - What We Do at Night | BLOWTORCH & FIRE to PROTECT WOOD - Ep.134 Jake and Nicole are living off the grid and starting their family in the rain forests of Western Canada. So far we have lived in a van, a boat, a yurt, and now a mini cabin called a bunkie. We are trying to create a Hügelkultur and Permaculture food forest garden to grow ourselves off the food grid and set up some basic amenities using solar panels and batteries for electricity. Our warmth comes from our wood stoves. In this episode we show you what we do inside when it's raining which around here is A LOT! We get over 20 feet of rain annually and this is truly one of the rainiest places on Planet Earth! We are starting to put away firewood for the winter and using the summer to preserve our wood projects but also incorporating fire Shou Sugi Ban Style! If we don't have wood and preservation down by the end of August then there is no chance to get anything dry until June of 2022! Join us on our adventure and follow us more closely at our links below or at

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  • The man living in Off-grid Cabin without Technology! Foraging & Growing own Food!

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  • Screened Porch on the Log Cabin | Off Grid Sauna and Bathhouse

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    I finish the front of the screened in porch on the off grid log cabin and then decide whether or not to finish the porch or move over to my sauna bathhouse to finish it before the cold weather sets in.
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  • Working Solo | The Forest Kitchen | Off Grid Log Cabin Build, Ep.2 S1

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    Working solo on the off grid kitchen beside the log cabin this week took a lot of effort as I built upwards into the canopy of the forest. I'm starting to add more organic lines to the frame of the shelter and because there are no straight lines and my carpentry skills are amateurish, it's been challenging. It's 8 feet high to the eaves and the roof towers another 5 feet higher on the west side in order to allow smoke from the grill and earthen oven to easily escape without a fire risk. I've decided to use mostly charcoal to operate the grill, oven and rocket stove to reduce sparks as well, so I'll start making charcoal in an underground pit soon. Lifting the heavy beams into place took all of my strength as well as some creative rigging with ropes, pulleys and ramps. As you'll see in episode 3 next week, the frame is done so most of the heavy lifting is over and I can start adding bracing to strengthen the structure before moving back to the ground to work on the stone work in the kitchen.
    I had originally planned to use timber framing techniques for this shelter, but I also had planned on keeping it smaller so I decided to make it more organic and less of a long term permanent shelter. I plan on using my experience gained on this project and then practice on a timber framed open wood shed before moving onto the workshop/guest cabin, where I'll be trying my hand at proper timber framing joinery and other traditional building methods. I have a lot of clay and sand on hand and I'm sourcing limestone so that I can make my own mortar for the stone barbeque and the foundation and heater for the new cabin later this summer.

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  • How to Build a Cheap Off Grid Log Cabin, Ep1 | Buying Logs, Chink and Daub, Pine Tar

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    How I built my off grid log cabin. In this video, the first in a series showing the complete build from the first cut to the last addition, I explain what logs I used, how I cut the saddle joints, what chinking recipe worked the best and how I made pine tar.
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  • Off Grid Cabin in the Alaskan Wilderness

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    Our first overnight trip to our cabin in the woods was a success! We head out on a 60 mile snowmachine excursion to access the remote cabin and when we arrive there is a entire day's worth of cleaning to do. After settling down for our first hot meal, cooked courtesy of the mini camp stove, we get a good night's rest for the long journey home. As we leave our new cabin we can't help looking forward to the many more adventures yet to come!

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  • OFF GRID LIVING - My BUNKIE CABIN BEDROOM | BEST MINI WOOD STOVE | Hazelnut & Almond Trees - Ep. 129

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    OFF GRID LIVING - A PEEK INSIDE MY BUNKIE CABIN BEDROOM | BEST MINI WOOD STOVE for Tiny Houses, Boats, and RV's | Hazelnut & Almond Fruit Trees in the Orchard - Ep. 129 - Ep. 129

    We have now converted our new Bunkie Mini Cabin into an off grid bedroom in the wilderness! Our Yurt is next door and will still be our kitchen, living room, eating area, office, and entertainment structure. This new cabin bedroom will allow us to have another apartment in which to live and this wood fired mini wood stove from Cubic Mini Wood Stove has made our Bunkie Cabin come alive! Wood Stoves are amazing....like a beating heart and soul of a structure. We are blessed with the most magical and changing weather we have ever encountered and cook an amazing Indian Curry with Chapati bread using our outdoor wood fired wok stove! We also begin planting fruit trees in our orchard (Hazelnut, Almond, and Ginko Biloba Trees). Stay tuned to see our garden and orchard unfold and to see us connect the Bunkie Cabin to the Yurt with glass bottles and Cob!

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  • Bushcraft Log Cabin Project, Cast Iron Cooking | Ramblin Man

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    Bushcraft carving of a new handle for the door, cooking bear roast on a cast iron skillet, cold weather clothing to protect my face, my health issues and how I need to change my diet immediately, why I still need to earn money to pay for this lifestyle, why I need to stay active now that I'm 47, memories not regrets, Cali my dog hanging out with me in the cabin. And, I RAMBLE ON MUCH MORE THAN USUAL after the first 10 minutes.
    The front door of the log cabin needs some work, including a new door handle for the inside and the outside. From this part of the build forward, I'm trying to use more rustic wood material from the surrounding forest rather than milled lumber. For the door handle, I make dowelling, bushcraft style, out of yellow birch and the door handles out of sugar maple. It's basically like carving feathersticks or a spindle for a bow drill fire set, but it has to be uniform in thickness to fit in the hole through the wood door and the door handles. I'm not exactly a carpenter, but this type of woodworking is really enjoyable and I'm looking forward to doing a lot more rustic, green woodworking. - log chairs, tables, a ladder to the loft of the off grid home and more. The log cabin is a lot cheaper this way, and I'm convinced once again that I could have built this cabin for free if I had more time, and definitely if I had help instead of building it alone.
    For dinner, I cook bear roast on the cast iron frying pan over the wood stove fire, along with pan roasted vegetables. Cali, my golden retriever, begs for her share - she's a good dog generally, but begging is one of the poor habits that we can take the blame for.
    I forgot to talk about face protection in my dressing for cold weather video earlier in the week, so I fill in the gap by talking about my balaclava, buff, face cream, silk gloves and my Thrunight headlamp.
    At dinner time, while eating alone at the wood dining table lit by lantern light, I talk about the health issues I have developed and what I'm doing to clear them up as soon as possible. I found out this week that my blood pressure is high and it is a reminder that I have been letting my diet slip.
    At the beginning of this video, my wife was actually at the log cabin with me and Cali, but she left after helping to decorate the cabin with some interior finishes, such as some dishes, caribou, rabbit and deer furs and a set of string lights for the sleeping loft.
    With Cali sleeping on her own mattress on the main floor in front of the fire, I slept upstairs on a foam mattress, covered in furs and a Cabelas sleeping bag.
    In My Self Reflections, I talk about resolutions and goals for this year, as well as why I built the cabin, why simple living and off grid, cheap living is better than modern society and our addiction to material wealth, and why it's important at middle age (I'm 48 this year) to stay active and continue to create memories rather than regrets.
    A few more drone clips of the cabin and the surrounding forest show how much snow is on the log cabin roof and in the bush, and how the smoke rises out of the chimney.

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  • Three Fires | Dinner for 2 at the Cabin | Canning Tomato Soup on a Fire | Woodworking

    27:52

    A busy day at the off grid log cabin, building adjustable timber sawhorses, canning tomato soup, harvesting vegetables from the organic garden, foraging and cooking wild mushrooms with cream and cheese in the earthen pizza oven, roasting bear and fresh vegetables, checking on the water levels in the dug pond... subscribe and tune in next week to see the finished sawhorses and how I'm using them to finish the underground, timber frame root cellar.
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  • Digging an Amazing Pond in the Woods

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    We use an excavator to dig out a pond near the off grid cabin in the woods in order to make a natural watering hole for animals like frogs and deer. Big thanks to Bobcat of Tri Cities: phone 519-579-9100.

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    We begin by clearing the land where the pond will be located. We picked the pond spot as it will have a great sight line from the off grid cabin and is the lowest spot on the property so we know water should be held there. We dug a test hole earlier in the year to see if it would hold water.

    We know our area holds mostly clay, sand and gravel and the water will come from the ground through underground springs. This means it will be cool and potentially be the right temperature for cold water trout.

    The fastest way to dig a big pond is to use the help of a qualified excavator. This excavator normally digs out house foundations and the operator has years of experience digging giant holes in the ground and removing mountains of material.

    In order to be sustainable for trout the pond must be cool enough year round but deep enough so that it doesn't freeze right to the bottom. Rainbow trout need good to excellent water quality and plenty of oxygen. Water flow is an asset to help fish spawn. We discovered that the water in our pond is filled continuously with the help of ground water and is very cold, even in the summer. Trout will die if water gets above 25 degrees Celsius. Shade also helps keep water cool and our pond is sheltered for a good part of the day with trees.

    You will need to find out what kind of soil you are working with. Is it clay, clay-loam and sandy loam are best for holding water. You will want to avoid limestone, shale, sand and gravel—they leak. Except in our case since the gravel is actually part of the ground water, which is ideal. You can ask around to find out if your pond will leak or will hold water year round. You don't want your pond to dry up in the middle of the summer.

    Our plan to excavate the remainder of the pond, pushing the size out to about a half acre in size and a water depth of around 8 feet. 15 feet is more ideal, but our base is shale and therefore can not be dug any deeper.

    A trout pond is very difficult to establish, but it is very possible to do correctly if you know what the fish need.

    Aeration of the pond is something we will be exploring as we see how the season develops. We are hopeful that water remains cool so dissolved oxygen in the water remains high.

    After we dig the pond, we will let is sit for a few weeks before putting our fish in the pond. Ideally you will let the pond sit for a full year, but we are not patient enough for this.

  • Surviving Winter in a Log Cabin | Tiny Home

    33:09

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    A Canadian wilderness dog's, life, live edge shelves, plumbing, deep dish Pizza, Wood-Fired Cast Iron Cooking at the Log Cabin

    My wife cooks pizza from scratch on a wood stove in a log cabin in the Canadian wilderness while Cali our Golden Retriever and Shawn work outside splitting firewood, firing up the sauna, fetching

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  • Building a WORKSHOP in the BUSH | Off Grid Cabin in the Woods!

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    We build a pine sided work shop with double sliding barn doors to store tools for future builds at the off grid cabin in the woods! The roof is supplied by Vicwest (Roof):

    The workshop is made from mostly free or nearly free materials except for the roof supplied by Vic West. The roof is steel and will last a super long time. It's the right material for off grid building because it is durable and requires almost no maintenance.

    The work shop is designed so that the barn doors open completely exposing the entire building to the outside. This means we won't need any lights to work during the day. The roof is insulated with re-used materials of garage door to help keep the heat inside. We didn't work on the inside in this episode, but will in the next one.

    The siding is from a pine tree taken from the property from a replanted mono-culture forest that needs to be thinned. The siding is cut down to boards with the help of the portable sawmill which keeps costs super low. The posts that hold up the main structure is from cedar trees also found on the property which are also too tightly packed creating a forest fire hazard. The idea is to thin the forest so that new growth can occur and help the forest turn over better and be healthier.

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  • Building a Smoke House - Meat Smoker

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    We're going to build a smoke house, smoker, or smokery at the off grid cabin in the woods in order to preserve meats, and fish! I will show you how to build your very own smoke house or smoker. Chris catching fish for the smoke house:

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    2. Hickory. Most versatile. Too much smoke will be bitter. The smoke though is sweet, savory and hearty. Good for ribs, pork shoulders, red meat and poultry.
    3. Maple. Subtle smoke. Sweet, light mild. Good for poultry, pork, foul.
    4. Mesquite. Hardy with intense flavor, use modestly. Good for red meat.
    5. Pecan. Rich, sweet, nutty flavor. Good for briskets, roasts, and ribs
    6. Apple. Mild, sweet, mellow. Good for chicken, wild foul, pork.
    7. Alder. Light, sweet, delicate. Good for fish, like salmon, trout.
    8. Cherry. Mild, fruity. Good for chicken, turkey, ham.

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    A smokehouse is a small building where meat or fish is cured with smoke. Smoke works to cure and preserve the meat for long term storage without the use of refrigeration. If done correctly, smoked meats can last without spoiling for up to a year or more.

    In traditional use, smokehouses served as a place to both smoke and preserve meat, but also to store it for long term use. In long term storage, salt and smoke were used in combination to effectively dry and cure the meat by removing all or most of the moisture. This prevents bacteria and molds forming which destroys the meat. Some houses also ward off animals from accessing the meats as smoke makes the environment inhospitable.

    Before modern refrigeration and freezers, salting was a mainstay.

    Various woods can be used for smoking, but all should be wet enough so that they burn cold and inefficiently. These woods will produce incomplete combustion - smoke. Apple wood, cherry, some spruce and alder make great smoking agents and impart nice flavor to meats.

    A smoke house is a simple small box, or house with a vent at the top, not air tight. Wood is placed in a lower box and piped in to the space to encircle the meats. Wood is burned slowly, but persistently over time. Meats can be smoked for hours or days depending on personal reference and types of meats, cultures and desired use.

    Over time, the smoke house will blacken, further protecting the smoke house from pests.

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  • New Wilderness Off Grid Cabin, Milling Lumber, Building an Outhouse and a Ladder

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    Spring has arrived at my wilderness homestead! I start building an outhouse with lumber milled from trees on my property, I make a wooden ladder out of saplings and I explore the creek as the last of the ice melts off the beaver ponds.
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  • November Rain | Log Cabin Sauna Ep 7 | Canadian Wilderness Off Grid Living

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    Moka Pot - Canada USA
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    Solar LED light bulb 15W -
    Copper Fairy lights -
    Solar String Lights -
    Lodge Dutch Oven -
    Bragg’s Sprinkle -

  • A Bigger Pond for the Off Grid Cabin | Calis Pond

    6:14

    Cali's pond by my off grid log cabin was at risk of breaching the dam so we excavated more clay and debris from the shoreline and raised the banks so that they were all the same height, preparing for the spring melt. When it's full, the centre section of the pond will be over 12' deep and once it's vegetated, I'll stock it with fish, frogs and crayfish.
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  • Installing Windows | How to Build a Cheap Off Grid Log Cabin, Ep2

    12:34

    How I built my off grid log cabin. I show how I cut the walls, how I spliced the logs together to form the long wall and how I installed the windows.
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  • Building a BEAR PROOF Door and Chicken Pickup for My Off Grid Log Cabin!

    35:13

    I use my Norwood portable sawmill to cut up a massive log into boards to build a bear proof door to my off grid log cabin. Thanks to EcoFlow DELTA for letting me test your battery.

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    I also pick up some my new egg layer chickens so I can make some more delicious egg sandwiches!

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  • Moving the Log Cabin to the Wilderness Property, Making a Log Bench and Fireside Chat

    20:06

    Finally, an update to the log cabin build! There is a lot going on in this video. I build a log bench for the fireside, I investigate the 2nd log cabin site beside the pond, I clear more of the log cabin site , I check on water levels in the stream, cut notches in the final logs of the cabin, split rocks for the fireplace and talk about why I'm not using power tools or assistance from other people.
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  • Off Grid Log Cabin Life in a Polar Vortex January 2019 | Winter, Snowstorm, Canada

    24:01

    Off grid living is challenging when a Polar Vortex, an arctic air mass, settles over the Canadian wilderness and a large portion of Canada and the northern United States in mid January 2019

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  • Living Off the Land, Self Reliance, Forest Garden

    28:27

    I have decided to make a few changes to my life at the off grid log cabin homestead.
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  • Cooking Outdoors at the Off Grid Log Cabin: Steak and Fries on the Campfire

    12:07

    #cooking #food #logcabin

    The lighting from the sun setting behind the cabin was incredible as I grill a steak on the campfire with a side of potato fries, peppers and onions. It's great to be cooking outdoors again with my dog now that spring has finally arrived in my neck of the woods. Cali, our golden retriever, watches intently as I barbecue a striploin steak to medium rare while ducks and geese fly around the cabin and land in the stream. Seasoned with garlic, pepper, salt, onion powder and fennel, the meat and huge serving of vegetables is exactly what I needed after a long, hard day working on the log cabin. As the sun sets and a full moon rises through the trees, I light the lanterns and retire to the cottage for the night, ready to get up and continue giving the cabin a facelift. Tune in tomorrow to see part 2 of this week's video, where I continue working on the exterior of the cabin and then talk about the importance of making sacrifices and working hard when I was in my twenties and thirties in order to fully enjoy freedom in my forties and beyond.

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    Canon 6D -
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    Solar LED light bulb 15W -
    Copper Fairy lights -
    Solar String Lights -
    Banneton 12” round -
    Lodge Dutch Oven -
    Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees -
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  • Living off the Land at the Log Cabin, Wild Mushroom Cheeseburgers, Ratatouille | Cooking in Nature

    29:26

    Wilderness, self reliant living includes harvesting and cooking food from the surrounding land, including wild edibles like berries, mushrooms and vegetables grown on the off grid log cabin homestead.
    My wife joins me for grass finished beef hamburgers with wild mushrooms, homemade cheese and ratatouille we make with vegetables I grew in the forest garden.
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  • Building a $5 Maple Syrup Evaporator worth THOUSANDS!

    30:47

    I turn an discarded old oil drum reservoir normally used for home heating into a wood boiler, evaporator which I will use turn sap into delicious maple syrup. We have some fun with knives from Acejet:

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    I will also cut down more dead pine trees that are on my 40 acre property to build a sugar shack that will house a maple sap boiler so we can enjoy some delicious maple syrup in the spring.

    With the help of my chainsaw, I'll cut down all the overgrown and shaded out dead pines which I will cut into log to build a sugar shack. The pines in this replanted forest are fat too overgrown and have been grossly mismanaged. The trees should have be cut and thinned nearly a decade ago. Removing the dead trees is a good start to rehabilitating the forest. Later, we will thin even more and get the forest ready for replanting and rejuvenating.

    In this first part, we will mostly be cutting trees and then getting the site chosen. It's a lot of tree felling, and hauling to get our raw materials.

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  • Log Cabin Build Part 14 - Shingling the Roof | Self Reliance | Off Grid

    19:52

    Peter demonstrates making cedar shakes, harvests chaga and finishes the roof.

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  • Free DIY Wood Railing in the Loft of an Off Grid Log Cabin | Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools

    11:16

    #offgrid #logcabin #woodworking

    I'm finally getting back to renovating the sleeping loft in the off grid log cabin, and building free wood railings with wood found in the forest is the first step. I use a drawknife to carve spindles from sugar maple and striped maple and insert them into a split maple hand rail. I install a DIY barnboard wall to shield the loft from the hot pipe from the wood stove. In a future video, I will continue with the barn board enclosure and build closets and drawers for clothes storage and other necessities for off grid living.
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  • Rock and Roll Barbecue BBQ | The Forest Kitchen | Off Grid Log Cabin Build, Ep.5 S1

    36:08

    The most difficult part of building the forest kitchen this week was digging up and moving heavy rocks into place to build the off grid stone barbecue near the log cabin.
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    The heaviest of the stones was easily over three hundred pounds so I needed to use levers to roll them into place. Because this is one of the first times I've built anything out of stone, I'm using a slipform technique similar to the method used by the Neerings on their off-grid homestead in the mid 1900s.What I learn building this simple barbecue will be invaluable once I start the next cabin - a workshop/shed/guest cabin that I'll build into the hill alongside the driveway using stone, cordwood, horizontal logs and other natural materials.
    In the second half of the video, I talk about the unfortunate disconnect from nature in today's society. We've been taught to conquer nature rather than live with it, and I show examples of the nature that I interact with. After that section, my, Joe Robinet, Doug Outside and Drenalin Adventures paddle into the backcountry of Algonquin Park to fish for brook (speckled) trout.
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    Mora Knife -
    Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw -
    Axe -
    Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled -
    Moka Pot - Canada USA
    Virtus Knife-
    Canon 6D -
    DJI Mavic Pro -
    Solar LED light bulb 15W -
    Copper Fairy lights -
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  • Cordwood Bear Claw, Homemade Cheese | The Forest Kitchen | Off Grid Log Cabin Build, Ep.8 S1

    24:51

    At the off grid log cabin, a bear has been visiting and it's a matter of time before he checks out the cordwood bear track I added to the forest kitchen under the earthen oven.
    For lunch, I eat homemade wholewheat sourdough bread and valencay cheese, a soft cheese that my wife makes with raw cow's milk.
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    Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat -
    Apeman Trail Camera -
    Mora Knife -
    Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw -
    Axe -
    Moka Pot - Canada USA
    Virtus Knife-
    Canon 6D -
    DJI Mavic Pro -
    Solar LED light bulb 15W -
    Copper Fairy lights -
    Solar String Lights -
    Lodge Dutch Oven -
    Bragg’s Sprinkle -

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  • OFF GRID TIMBER FRAME CABIN IN THE WOODS | WILD CANE, FOREST KITCHEN & INTERIOR WALLS

    51:47

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    In this DIY video, we finished the construction of the charred board and batten exterior on the off grid timber frame cabin on the homestead in the Great Smoky Mountains using self-reliant skills from both modern and traditional hand tools in the woodwork from our own sawmill, have finished the raised beds and the hobbit style chicken house pen and starting on the front porch of the cabin and the interior while cutting wild cane to stake the garden. Mortise and tenon are the basic frame work on the 7 x 7 post and beam along with the 7 x 10 beams that support the floor joist. We hope you will follow us through the final stages of the cabin build, chicken house, root cellar, basecamp and future barn for the homestead.

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