Two Years Alone in the Wilderness | Escape the City to Build 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.
“Home”, by Simon-Alexander

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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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  1. Geektarded
    Пре 46 минута

    It’s like watching real-life Minecraft :)

  2. Sonam Yangzom
    Sonam Yangzom
    Пре сат

    Wow, amazing, my mother and I stumbled upon your video and enjoyed it 100%. Where is it

  3. Viper
    Пре 16 сати

    Absolutely incredible footage of a very gifted man in the most beautiful surroundings you can only ever dream of. Much respect to you Shawn and your beautiful Cali 🐾 for sharing your experiences.

  4. jattaforasteka
    Пре 23 сата

    insomma ... ne ha maltrattato di alberi e di pesci sto tizio col drone e gli sponsor...

    1. jattaforasteka
      Пре 22 сата

      e non si accontenta mai, alla fine ammazza pure i cervi... e continua a disboscare...

  5. Oskar Libelle
    Oskar Libelle
    Пре дан

    Going of grid and posting about it online

  6. Francisco de Adonis
    Francisco de Adonis
    Пре дан

    ex marine?

  7. rosy ayala
    rosy ayala
    Пре дан

    Es una maravilla de alto nivel de conocimientos diversos hasta prepararse de comer. Lo Felicito enormemente, estoy asombrada de todo lo que conoce, y hace.

  8. Sharon Howard
    Sharon Howard
    Пре дан

    I completely understand the need to be resilient and I truly appreciate this video. Thank you!

  9. Vanvan Persie
    Vanvan Persie
    Пре дан

    so relax

  10. Wiesław Karpowicz
    Wiesław Karpowicz
    Пре 2 дана

    Are you allowed to cut trees without the local government's permission in Canada? What is the ownership of this forest?

  11. Kelly Colmey
    Kelly Colmey
    Пре 2 дана

    This is his passion he loves to do the stuff

  12. Kelly Colmey
    Kelly Colmey
    Пре 2 дана

    I want to marry this guy

  13. Kelly Colmey
    Kelly Colmey
    Пре 2 дана

    No only not only is he a very adept with engineering carpentry he’s also very creative

  14. Kelly Colmey
    Kelly Colmey
    Пре 2 дана

    What is he making now. This is discuss passion and I admire that.

  15. Kelly Colmey
    Kelly Colmey
    Пре 2 дана

    That’s my kind of husband

  16. Kelly Colmey
    Kelly Colmey
    Пре 2 дана

    I hope he sold this log cabin cabin which is really a house. What a great guy

  17. kl2j3423
    Пре 2 дана

    How many times have you been divorced

  18. Sun shine
    Sun shine
    Пре 2 дана

    thank you for the very great video! if some time can saw you eat some food is better!🌮🍗☕

  19. John Johnson
    John Johnson
    Пре 2 дана

    Why is the like dislike button disabled

  20. es lei
    es lei
    Пре 2 дана

    Great video shared enjoying the hard working man building his cabin by his own HANDS TY FOR SHARING STAY BLESSED

  21. B Foster
    B Foster
    Пре 3 дана

    How can someone watch this video and not sub? lol

  22. Marc Anriz
    Marc Anriz
    Пре 3 дана

    the bond that the dude and the dog must have.... amazing! Really inspiring

  23. Евгений Жогин
    Евгений Жогин
    Пре 3 дана

    единственный вопрос! Откуда бабки на это веселье???????

  24. Gui Alves
    Gui Alves
    Пре 3 дана

    Escravuscokivs travatiliun navrationova Sou russo kkkk

  25. TranhTranh
    Пре 3 дана

    U looks like Heidi's granpa. Thank you for made this video

  26. Denise View
    Denise View
    Пре 3 дана

    Hard work! Your cabin is beautiful.

  27. Mii .R
    Mii .R
    Пре 4 дана

    Ohhhh ficou muito lindoo!!! Quero morar aii ..kkk Deu vontade de construir uma tbm 😍

  28. Jay Scott
    Jay Scott
    Пре 4 дана

    @1:12:15 that simon Alexander song playing. Does anyone know the name of it? I don’t think it’s his Home song.

  29. Sooth Jack Tv
    Sooth Jack Tv
    Пре 4 дана

    I have been independent for 30 yrs and i do all by myself even making ny own table or whatever even i am a woman but i do men work even working as a welder of a ship, i would love to make a house on my own hand too.Even i am a woman i like to do hardworks i feel fullfillment and have worth in life not to depend with men .Well i leave my dad to live on my own and he lives with my siblings in Canada i am alone here in the Philippines life hard but you feel worth of yourself when you live on your own .

  30. Sooth Jack Tv
    Sooth Jack Tv
    Пре 4 дана

    You don't need expensive things any luxury mostly our life is just short and we can't bring any when we die so it's better this way no stress like in the city.

  31. Sooth Jack Tv
    Sooth Jack Tv
    Пре 4 дана

    Amazing it's nice to live not much to think about payments of anything like renting a house and the best you are the boss.

  32. tamerlano
    Пре 4 дана

    mmm...well if in Canada you are lucky enough to build a house into the woods without anyone coming one day telling you " I.'m the Government Representative of the Bio-Veg- Wildlife- Water Supreme Protection Department, show me your Supreme building authorization with the relative 5.000 dollars payment receipt please...and the others 5 authorizations from security department and the other 4 permissions of bla bla bla" this case enjoy your good luck. Because if where I live it was possible just to build a house in the woods without any other worries....towns would be totally empty and woods would look like New York.

  33. Sooth Jack Tv
    Sooth Jack Tv
    Пре 4 дана

    Wow don't need a lot of money to built a house .

  34. Sooth Jack Tv
    Sooth Jack Tv
    Пре 4 дана

    Nice to live simple life thanks for sharing.I always want a simple house to live to have a safe life.

  35. Kathy Linville
    Kathy Linville
    Пре 4 дана

    Who wouldn't want to get lost with this guy. Unbelievable. Not to hard to look at either.

  36. Albert Karhu
    Albert Karhu
    Пре 4 дана

    dont hang the bear upside down, its bad luck.

  37. Antoanette R.
    Antoanette R.
    Пре 4 дана

    Waw,thats something amazing.Great job.🙂👍🤠

  38. José André Pernambuco
    José André Pernambuco
    Пре 5 дана


  39. Isabel López
    Isabel López
    Пре 5 дана

    This video made me think about many things..

  40. krzysztof błaszczak
    krzysztof błaszczak
    Пре 5 дана


  41. Lillie Lawson
    Lillie Lawson
    Пре 5 дана

    Love it 😚😘 thank God 💞🙏 Lillie love it

  42. V Laan
    V Laan
    Пре 5 дана

    imagen 2 years without saying one word

  43. BLPTV
    Пре 5 дана

    I don't see any permits posted. Tear it all down!

  44. iliana hencke
    iliana hencke
    Пре 5 дана

    fantástico adoraria conhecer um lugar desses parabéns

  45. Antonina Marianno
    Antonina Marianno
    Пре 6 дана


  46. 벤다이크브라운
    Пре 6 дана

    보는 것 만으로 즐겁습니다. 도시생활에서 벗어나는 느낌이네요. 함께하는 강아지가 요리조리 뛰어다니는 거 보는 것도 즐겁네요.

  47. Do Lixo ao Luxo - Vale do Capão
    Do Lixo ao Luxo - Vale do Capão
    Пре 6 дана

    Eu Brasil. Estou a dois anos fazendo uma casa de litros e garrafas de vidros. Ja consumi por volta de 50 mil unidades. Realmente é uma ótima terapia para completar a Solitude. Parabéns eu aprovo a ideia. Projeto Do Lixo ao Luxo Capão Chapada diamantina Ba. Brasil. 🇧🇷👏👏👏👏

  48. Brenda Smith
    Brenda Smith
    Пре 6 дана

    It's really very sexy to see a real man

  49. elias abreu
    elias abreu
    Пре 6 дана

    one of the best videos in youtube

    Пре 6 дана

    who gives u right to cut all those trees (if that land is not yours)?

      Пре 6 дана

      @Kai Twentiez sooo sad man

    2. Kai Twentiez
      Kai Twentiez
      Пре 6 дана

      Fr it’s so sad and frustrating

  51. Bil Lou
    Bil Lou
    Пре 6 дана

    2 années de solitude pour un menuisier tout équipé et avec tous les biens matériaux nécessaires, même les guirlandes de noel. A mon avis pas si seul que ça en fait. Cela dit c'est sympa à regarder.

  52. Marcos Maurino
    Marcos Maurino
    Пре 7 дана

    Eu queria morar aí pra ser seu ajudante

  53. Marcos Maurino
    Marcos Maurino
    Пре 7 дана

    Parabéns por não usar música e deixar somente a música natural da natureza

  54. 中国半机械人
    Пре 7 дана

    Spending a long time alone... Nobody bothering or having control over you Yes, that's the only thing that could be called "good" about life and this world

    1. deyvidsantana
      Пре 5 дана

      1:11:03 who knows what song this is?

  55. Elijah Tender
    Elijah Tender
    Пре 7 дана

    Man i thought for sure you locked yourself out of your own cabin at 12:01 lmao

  56. tebollenbacher
    Пре 8 дана

    Forgive me, but WHY? Not even a chain saw. My roughing it was amenities at tree line. Loved it. Do love your videos though and your dog.

  57. josef famberger
    josef famberger
    Пре 8 дана

    Das muss auf jeden fall ein Zimmermann sein, denn er hat gute Holz-Bau.Kentnisse, aber etwas passt nicht in die hat ZUVIEL Gutes Material wie: eine Kupferplatte ? viele schön geschnittene Bretter, sogar Schrauben, auch ein Plastik Kanu, wo hat er Mehl und Hefe fürs Brot her ?? und und und..

  58. Chitara
    Пре 8 дана

    Homem igual a esse já não existem mais. Admiro homens assim. Além de inteligente é charmoso. Vídeo da melhor qualidade. Parabens!🤗👍 Da NORDESTINA PE 🏖🇧🇷

  59. joe krippon
    joe krippon
    Пре 8 дана

    Íme az Ember!

  60. MikkelRS
    Пре 8 дана

    Ugh. Onterrible.

  61. Bosco Pov
    Bosco Pov
    Пре 8 дана

    Give him 10 more years he can build a new wooden L.A 1 and half hour he keep build and build never end.

  62. Farang Explorer
    Farang Explorer
    Пре 8 дана

    Camera work is awesome.

  63. Michael Pok Baiman
    Michael Pok Baiman
    Пре 8 дана

    One thing unique about this video that I love to watch is, he doesn't talk and let's the action speak by itself. Some other bush challenges they talked alots. This video worth watching...❤💯. It's kind of a teaching too.

    1. deyvidsantana
      Пре 5 дана

      1:11:03 who knows what song this is?

  64. luz mesa
    luz mesa
    Пре 8 дана

    Even i love his dog....

  65. luz mesa
    luz mesa
    Пре 8 дана

    Great movie, ..Thank you very much for sharing this beautiful video it is absolutely special and it gives an example of strength and courage, congratulations to this man.

  66. Canisia The 3rd
    Canisia The 3rd
    Пре 9 дана

    Its strange. I have no motivation, or will to live. I can't do school work, human interaction drains me so much, I feel so tired of this life. Yet, seeing this video, I know that I would enjoy living alone, and just living for myself and nobody else. I know I would have the motivation and drive to do the things he does, and I know I could live for years constantly working like that. But the mention of work, or people, or most modern things, my spirits just drop. I think that really says something about me and society.

    1. 中国半机械人
      Пре 7 дана

      Same here, I suffer from High-Functioning Autism. My IQ is over 170 and nobody likes "the smart guy", you know... I also suffer from massive depression and anxiety (SuicidaI thoughts) And interaction with people my family and my society drain me too I spending a lot of time on internet, watching Science documentaries or reading books, I don't have too many friends, even my few friends don't like me and mostly scared of me because I don't talk too much and prefer to spend a lot of time alone

  67. bhupesh chavan
    bhupesh chavan
    Пре 9 дана

    did you actually stayed in the forest while you were building this piece of art?

  68. Odongo Janes
    Odongo Janes
    Пре 9 дана

    1. Good. You have taught us some survival skills. 2. The amount of forest cover you have destroyed in your small experiment is just unimaginable 3.the title "Two years ALONE in the forest" may be deceptive. From the look of things, you brought in a lot of supplies from time to time (plumbing tools, kerosene, food, clothes, utensils, clothes). You most probably went out to have fun with women and take a beer or two on several occasions if not regularly. 4. Just how were the cameras and drones charged (including during a five months winter? You had access to a lot of human interaction with the civilized world man! 5. All the same, nice job. I have also learned a few tips on the need to be all rounded: a jack of all trades- multi-skilling, and to survive alone when need arises.

  69. Zee Shan
    Zee Shan
    Пре 9 дана

    He cut so many trees

  70. Bulle Dorée
    Bulle Dorée
    Пре 9 дана

    who is filming ?

  71. Kseniya Zarubina
    Kseniya Zarubina
    Пре 9 дана

    I will do the same, but in russia

  72. Moosik Lee
    Moosik Lee
    Пре 9 дана

    You are so wonderful. How can you plan such an adventure? The video production technique is also professional.^^ the dog is so cute too

  73. theresa howard
    theresa howard
    Пре 9 дана

    A man with many talents

  74. Henrique Castro
    Henrique Castro
    Пре 10 дана

    What´s the dog´s name ?

    1. charlie cross
      charlie cross
      Пре 9 дана


  75. charlie cross
    charlie cross
    Пре 10 дана

    Very enjoyable to watch

  76. some rando
    some rando
    Пре 10 дана

    Best video I ever watched.. Like a movie... U are really handyman... Amazing ideas... Love it very much...

  77. Agrofloresta Rancho dos Ipês
    Agrofloresta Rancho dos Ipês
    Пре 10 дана

    Amazing movie. Congratulations from Brasil 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

  78. Samira Abu jaber
    Samira Abu jaber
    Пре 10 дана

    Ok he left the city to destroy the trees got you🤫

  79. Malin szym
    Malin szym
    Пре 11 дана

    Co z tego że 2 lata. Ciekawe skąd miał siekiery, piły, młotki, gwoździe, kable, czajniki, garnki, łódki...Wszystko ma z lasu? Idź teraz sam bez niczego do lasu i ciekawe czy coś by zrobił???? No chyba by się zesrał.

  80. Antonio D
    Antonio D
    Пре 11 дана

    To be off the grid this guy sure has the best camera and drone equipment known to man.

  81. Caroline Mackenzie
    Caroline Mackenzie
    Пре 11 дана

    What a great life you must be living - hard work though! xx

  82. John Lasley
    John Lasley
    Пре 11 дана

    WOW, What a life.

  83. Alva Arguello
    Alva Arguello
    Пре 11 дана

    Todos muy lindos,no me gusta q corte tantos árboles, para esta fecha queda algunas,muy triste,los pájaros lloran....

  84. Alva Arguello
    Alva Arguello
    Пре 11 дана

    Arduo trabajo, hermoso cabaña y paisajes,inpagable,todos muy linda 😘

  85. Clélia Nunes Rodrigues
    Clélia Nunes Rodrigues
    Пре 11 дана

    Parabéns ....quanta força e coragem ....cuide bem do cachorro💙

  86. Alva Arguello
    Alva Arguello
    Пре 11 дана

    Adiós 🙌 trabajos, quedó hermoso como los eres tú,,,

  87. Pull And Be Damned
    Pull And Be Damned
    Пре 11 дана

    As lockdowns come back with a vengeance, this guy could care less. THIS is the perfect situation for legally enforced isolation. 👏

  88. Kwanpirom Kampila
    Kwanpirom Kampila
    Пре 11 дана


  89. Full Blis
    Full Blis
    Пре 11 дана

    awesome video.... but I'm wondering how does he charges his camera and droid batteries?

  90. Владимир
    Пре 11 дана

    В Росии за вырубку одного дерева уже сидел бы в тюрьме, китайцам можно сколько хочешь.

  91. Felix Martel L
    Felix Martel L
    Пре 11 дана

    Sir, I Salut all you work!! I am amazed of everything you've ben able to craft and the technics you've been using!! Right now, you must been pretty happy to have build this camp at this time! Thank you for all this amazing work and all those amazing point of view!! Where did you get all this knowledge ?

  92. Goran Radulovic
    Goran Radulovic
    Пре 11 дана

    ti znas da uzivas volem da te gledam

  93. 蔡麗卿
    Пре 11 дана


    1. 蔡麗卿
      Пре 11 дана


  94. 4Maestro1
    Пре 11 дана

    Superb film! Thanks for sharing with us. A few questions though... 1) What was the box you built in the floor of the cabin (13:15), and lined with cement? Icebox? Hidey-hole? 2) What was the item you built on the porch of the cabin (45:30), with the handles/pedals? 3) What was it you built in the wall of the cabin (1:03:00) with stones and copper, next to the stove? 4) Did you build an outhouse (1:09:57) and not show us?

  95. Miguel Muñoz
    Miguel Muñoz
    Пре 11 дана

    ja ja ja ja

  96. Deinha Mariajose
    Deinha Mariajose
    Пре 12 дана


  97. Gapou Inas
    Gapou Inas
    Пре 12 дана

    ah ça rappel l'éco construction ça xD

  98. Jeffro Stunna
    Jeffro Stunna
    Пре 12 дана

    i pre-fre my snow mommy. Suck it.

  99. Elizabeth Anne Grey
    Elizabeth Anne Grey
    Пре 12 дана

    Shawn, see if you can find a beautiful poem about cabin life: The Ballad of William Sycamore (1790-1871) by Stephen Vincent Benet 1898-1943

  100. C lynge
    C lynge
    Пре 12 дана

    Great video.. Great craftmanship. And the dog just enjoy being with his master.. just wonderful 👍