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Two Years Alone in the Canadian Wilderness - Builds 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.

YouTube Channel "My Self Reliance

Other YouTube Channel: "Shawn James"

Website: http://myselfreliance.com/

 

 

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cvgtpc1

I'm a huge fan of the building off grid tv shows as that's what I feel like in the province where we visit.  Lessons for later.

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1 minute ago, cvgtpc1 said:

I'm a huge fan of the building off grid tv shows as that's what I feel like in the province where we visit.  Lessons for later.

I found myself engrossed in the video. It's rare a 90 minute YouTube video can hold my attention.

With 1.6 million subscribers, I would guess he's not totally off grid. This video has over 22 million views. But hey, a guy still has to make a living.

That fact that he uses some modern tools and supplies to build the cabin doesn't detract from the theme of the video...

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20 minutes ago, Salty Dog said:

I found myself engrossed in the video. It's rare a 90 minute YouTube video can hold my attention.

With 1.6 million subscribers, I would guess he's not totally off grid. This video has over 22 million views. But hey, a guy still has to make a living.

That fact that he uses some modern tools and supplies to build the cabin doesn't detract from the theme of the video...

The U-Haul trailer would suggest he's still got contact with the outside world.

Did you see exactly where this is located..  I know north of Toronto..  but would be nice to know exactly where. Been all over that area.

The people who bought the house I grew up in..  in southern Ontario.. made a living out of building custom made log cabins and delivering them and erecting them across the province.

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5 minutes ago, to_dave007 said:

The U-Haul trailer would suggest he's still got contact with the outside world.

Did you see exactly where this is located..  I know north of Toronto..  but would be nice to know exactly where. Been all over that area.

This is his mailing address, if that helps...

P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada

You might find out more info at his online sites: 

Website: http://myselfreliance.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/

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3 minutes ago, Salty Dog said:

This is his mailing address, if that helps...

P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada

You might find out more info at his websites: 

Website: http://myselfreliance.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfrelia...

well.. if he's in Barrie area..  he's just at the edge between the northern forests and the southern farmland.  Winters not nearly as harsh as  1 to 2 hours further north. (-10 compare to -30).  Barrie is a Toronto commuter city..  so still a bit civilized.. But doesn't take anything away from what he's doing.

CAN get a LOT of snow there..  as a result of Lake Effect from Georgian Bay.

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Canadian man builds impressive log cabin by himself in time-lapse video

Shawn James bought 20 acres near Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada.


Time-lapse video of Canadian man building log cabin by himself
Shawn James, 47, loves the simpler things in life, so much that the father of two bought 20 acres near Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada, to build his own rustic log cabin.

 One Canadian man has gone back to the basics. And has even built himself a log cabin out in the wilderness -- alone!

Nature lover Shawn James owns 20 acres outside of Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada. After cutting down some 100 trees, he built a cozy log cabin all by himself.

A now-viral time-lapse video captured the 47-year-old Barrie, Ontario, man cutting, hammering and building his 10-foot by 20-foot cabin.

James told ABC News he initially went off the grid in 1991. But after getting a job and having children, he decided to go into the contracting business. Still, during the recession in 2008, James said he "lost everything. But it was a learning experience, you know? I said, 'Let’s go back to basics.'"

Last March, James bought 20 acres of land and decided to grow his own food along with herd a small cattle and take care of some chickens. The father of two teenage girls said it's helped him build confidence.

"Building your own home and acquiring food from the ground and land ... it gives you the confidence needed to tackle anything in life," he said.

James added, "It’s really about what your dream is, and getting off your butt and going out there and doing it. Stop dreaming about it."

https://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/canadian-man-builds-impressive-log-cabin-time-lapse/story

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ahh.. then he IS at least an hour and likely closer to 2 hours..  north of Barrie.  Not as much snow as further south..  but winter can be harsh.  Coldest I've seen (likely within 20km if his house) was -45C..  nearly -50F.  I skied (cross country) in it for 1/2 a day.  It was ...  brisk.. especially on the down hills.

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Semper paratus

Dick Proenneke really did it alone, in Alaska. Watch part 1 and part 2 for starters.

 

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2 hours ago, Semper paratus said:

Dick Proenneke really did it alone, in Alaska. Watch part 1 and part 2 for starters.

 

Great videos! 

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19 hours ago, to_dave007 said:

ahh.. then he IS at least an hour and likely closer to 2 hours..  north of Barrie.  Not as much snow as further south..  but winter can be harsh.  Coldest I've seen (likely within 20km if his house) was -45C..  nearly -50F.  I skied (cross country) in it for 1/2 a day.  It was ...  brisk.. especially on the down hills.

Not exactly a wilderness up there. People go there for fun and relaxation all year round. It does get bl##dy cold in the winter though. 

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