Timelapse of a dude building a log cabin by hand is oddly satisfying

Have you ever wanted to build your own cabin in the middle of the forest? Well, if need some help, Shawn James could help you. A photographer, outdoors-man and travel writer Shawn decided to build his own log cabin in the middle of nowhere.

Buying a home nowadays could be very difficult for regular people. Booming property prices and stagnant wages have created a real estate market that is virtually impossible to enter unless you make some dramatic lifestyle sacrifices.

This might be the main reason James decided to move off the grid.

More than that, the writer edited a beautiful time-lapse video to share with others his months of hard work. “From 1st tree cut to last floorboard laid,” as he said.

Regarding his unique experience, James said:

“All summer, I cut the notches in the logs as I built the cabin up, offsite. Once I was finished notching the logs with a log scribe, saw, axe, adze and wood carving gouge, I loaded up the entire cabin of logs and moved them to my land near Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada.

Once on site, I spent a month reassembling the cabin on a foundation of sand and gravel. 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.

For the roof, I used an ancient primitive technology to waterproof and preserve the wood – shou sugi ban, a fire hardening wood preservation technique unique to Japan and other areas in northern climates.”

Bellow you can watch his mind-blowing time-lapse video!


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