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Log Cabin TIMELAPSE Built By ONE MAN In The Forest
 
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No talking viral timelapse video of Shawn James off grid log cabin build by one man alone in the wilderness of Canada, from 1st tree I cut to last floor board I laid. Please SUBSCRIBE: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIMXKin1fXXCeq2UJePJEog?sub_confirmation=1 So Why Should You Subscribe To My Channel? To watch me build my next cabin - bigger and better than this one!.. To relax… To virtually immerse yourself in nature… To see how I live debt free, stress free and low cost… To see how I build things alone… To see how I cook with no electricity or gas… To hear what steps I took to retire in my mid-forties so I could live my dream life… To interact with the happiest and most helpful community of viewers on YouTube… To become more self-reliant. If you want to build a rustic log cabin or tiny off grid home alone in the wilderness and you haven't seen the rest of my videos, this is a good primer. It's super fast motion though, so if you are interested in building a primitive log cabin like this, take a look at the "Log Cabin The Bear Den" playlist on the channel. At the beginning of the video, I show a winter drone photo of the cabin in the snow in December. Then I flashback to the first balsam fir tree I cut down with a saw and axe near the cabin. I drag the trees into place and clear the cabin site. 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. Because the cabin is offgrid, I have used handtools for most of the build and without power, I have no options on site regardless. The tiny house will continue to be operated with power, not even renewable energy for now, so I'm heating the cabin with a woodstove fire place, which I also cook on. The cabin is made of cedar fence posts, twelve feet long and the cabin measures 10 feet x 20 feet inside with a one hundred square foot sleeping loft on the second floor. The floor is made of two inch thick pine planks, torched to help repel water and to give them a rustic barn board appearance. Tune off sound if you don't want to hear the music, - there is no talking in this silent video. If you are a subscriber or long time viewer, there is some new footage at the end of the video, but otherwise you have seen most of this. As always, I'll release a new video on Friday showing the progress I made this week on the door and the ice box for food storage. To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Music Eternal Hope by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100238 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
Views: 3102161 My Self Reliance
Making Cedar Shakes for The Forest Kitchen Roof at the Off Grid Log Cabin
 
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In this short video, I start making cedar shingles/shakes for the roof of the off grid log cabin forest kitchen. Stay tuned tomorrow morning for the full 4th Episode of the Forest Kitchen. Please subscribe: https://bit.ly/2G7ncW9 Playlist Links Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPmy72sCsMtEbyUOr4XojCsG Building the Forest Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPlVGOcybOEauGzfSseb3W68 Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPnS6ZJ30i4ACtpMlmz7BrzT Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkhZQ-7stfXYfRD-Kje0Go9 Log Cabins: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkGrISWOKvY_0uMOjJI-Chv To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 88006 My Self Reliance
Wildlife Intruders at the Log Cabin, Off Grid Security
 
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Security at an off grid log cabin in the forest requires monitoring people and wildlife with trail cameras. I have several trail cameras located throughout my forested land and it's always interesting to capture wildlife and not-so-wild life. When I first bought the property, my trail cameras alway seemed to be out of batteries or the SD cars were full when the most interesting wildlife walked by. On five or six occasions, this happened when a moose was hanging around the cabin. I would wake up in the morning and find moose tracks literally walking across the front porch before it was wood covered, and signs of them eating the twigs from the maple trees all around the cabin. The same happened with deer, black bear, fox, pine marten, fisher, raccoon, coyote and wolf. Finally, after adding higher volume SD cards and lithium batteries to my set up, I started capturing photos and videos of the wildlife. Since this winter was so long, the animals have been pretty quiet for the most part, but now with spring finally arriving, the forest is becoming much more alive with animals and birds. I expect to film moose, deer, bear and wolves soon, especially in the meadow behind the cabin over the next several weeks. Cali, my golden retriever, was not at the cabin most of last year while I was building the cabin, but now that she is there almost full time with me, it will be interesting to see how she reacts to wildlife and it to her. I'm concerned that since she is such an aggressive but small dog, she may get herself into trouble with the bears and canines. I'll have to keep her in check until they work it out, but once they realize there is a dog on the property, they will likely keep their distance or visit only at night when she is in the cabin with me. There is lots of habitat here around the log cabin - I rarely visit the south end of the property, reserving it as wildlife habitat. Immediately behind the off grid home, there are many thousands of acres of crown (public) land that is completely undeveloped for hundreds of miles. Playlist Links Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPmy72sCsMtEbyUOr4XojCsG Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPnS6ZJ30i4ACtpMlmz7BrzT Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkhZQ-7stfXYfRD-Kje0Go9 Log Cabins: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkGrISWOKvY_0uMOjJI-Chv Links to gear used at the cabin: Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants - https://amzn.to/2rhEiMn Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat - https://amzn.to/2Ia4xy1 Apeman Trail Camera - https://amzn.to/2HRZSNT Cabelas Trail Camera - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/86944/cabelas-outfitter-14mp-ir-hd-trail-camera Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Wall Lantern (candle lit) - http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Solar LED light bulb 15W - http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Copper Fairy lights - http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights - http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12” round - http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven - http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees - http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone - http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Lamp OiI - http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Bragg’s Sprinkle - http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Cabelas Ice Hut - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/80349/cabelas-ice-team-five-sided-360-full-thermal-ice-shelter To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 140102 My Self Reliance
Golden Retriever Puppy Meets Her First Snake - Snake Strike, Funny Video
 
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Cali the Golden Retriever meets her first snake at the cabin and it's an aggressive and defensive one! Watch as it strikes twice at her and the camera, putting her on edge - every twig that moves makes the dog jump nervously. This is a harmless garter snake, so it's good for her to learn how to deal with snakes before she meets a Massasauga Rattlesnake on our forays into the wilds of the Georgian Bay coastline. Please subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIMXKin1fXXCeq2UJePJEog?sub_confirmation=1 https://bit.ly/2G7ncW9 Playlist Links Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPmy72sCsMtEbyUOr4XojCsG Building the Forest Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPlVGOcybOEauGzfSseb3W68 Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPnS6ZJ30i4ACtpMlmz7BrzT Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkhZQ-7stfXYfRD-Kje0Go9 Log Cabins: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkGrISWOKvY_0uMOjJI-Chv To see what we are up to during the rest of the week, please follow us on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 92000 My Self Reliance
6 Essential Tools for Building a Log Cabin: Don't Waste Your Money on This
 
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Building this log cabin by myself with hand tools has been challenging and a real learning experience. The tools I started out with at the beginning of the cabin build are not the ones I'm finishing with and in this video I explain why. From my axe and saw to my hammer and nails, the tools change and evolve throughout the DIY project, but I also discover which tools are a waste of money and which ones I can't do without. Building a log cabin alone in the wilderness is difficult enough with help and power equipment, but I have been surprised at how well it can go with a little forethought and a lot of thinking and adjusting on the go. I thought I would need more equipment for handling and lifting logs, but I was able to do it with muscle power alone, saving time and money in the process. If you haven't seen the rest of the my videos on the cabin build where I put these tools to use, check out the Playlist titled, Log Cabin: Bear Den. From the first tree cut down with a Gransfors Brux axe and Agawa Canyon Boreal21 bow saw to the final board on the roof, and this week, a front porch, all of the process has been documented in that playlist. To follow my adventures and building project between videos, you may want to follow along on my other social media platforms; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Self reliance, shawn james, winter camping, Bushcraft, Woodcraft, Survival, Primitive skills, Nature, EDC, Preparedness, Homesteading, Homestead, Camping, Fire, Self Reliance, Self Sufficiency, Living Off The Land, Off The Grid, Survival Kit, Bushcraft Kit, Campfire Cooking, Fjallraven, outdoors
Views: 244453 My Self Reliance
Cooking at the Cabin: Cheese Fondue and Birthday Hike with My Wife and Dog
 
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Yesterday was my birthday, so my wife treated me even better than usual - a hike exploring waterfalls with our dog, cooking at the cabin, cheese fondue, braised lamb shanks, cake, breakfast, picnic lunch at the river. My daughters were very thoughtful - nice gifts and emotional birthday cards. It was a great day! To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 98705 My Self Reliance
Forging a Hewing Broad Axe with Shawn James and Toronto Blacksmith's Paul Krzyszkowski
 
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I visit the blacksmith shop of Paul Krzyszoski (Toronto Blacksmith) to watch him forge me a hewing axe (Viking broad axe style) for some upcoming timber frame building projects at my wilderness homestead (at the log cabin in the forest). The biggest project this year will be the workshop, which I plan to build using timber framing techniques combine with log cabin building and stone masonry. I'm considering making at least one wall cordwood with sawdust and concrete and the remaining walls; squared timbers (which I'll do with the hewing axe). All of this will sit on a field stone foundation. I may build the woodshop on top of the stone cellar since the cellar will be mostly underground and can essentially function as the basement of the shop. I'm not sure about this yet as I need to excavate the ground by hand once the snow melts to see how deep the bedrock is and how difficult it is to dig in the rocky soil. Paul does awesome work, forging axes, adzes, log dogs and other timber framing tools. Link to Toronto Blacksmith/Paul Krzyzowski's YouTube channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcKG-aHNOzWG8scZ64Hpkwg and website: http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 151785 My Self Reliance
Q&A: How Does the Eco Fan on My Woodstove Work?
 
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Tune in every Friday for off grid, simple-living videos and every Monday and Wednesday for reviews and tips for living a stress-free, self-reliant life. Eco fan provided courtesy of Gstove . https://www.gstove.com/ Links to gear used at the cabin: Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Wall Lantern (candle lit) - http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Solar LED light bulb 15W - http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Copper Fairy lights - http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights - http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12” round - http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven - http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees - http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone - http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Lamp OiI - http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Bragg’s Sprinkle - http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Cabelas Ice Hut - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/80349/cabelas-ice-team-five-sided-360-full-thermal-ice-shelter To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 68552 My Self Reliance
FREE Coffee Replacement From the Forest
 
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In my quest for self reliance, foraging for food in the forest is a major step, and a free coffee replacement is great - chaga mushroom and dandelion root are two wild edibles that can do this for me. While neither contains caffeine, they have a remotely similar taste and color and are actually much healthier. I can't say that I'll replace coffee completely with chaga mushroom, but I do drink it almost every day, along with other herbal teas and coffee replacements. What you saw is all I do. Break it up, throw it in a kettle of water and simmer as long as you want. That kettle has a rough strainer in the spout to keep chunks out of my cup. "Earthy" is the only way I can describe it. This spring, brewing chaga tea in maple sap has been eye opening - not only does it taste great, the pair seems to provide an immediate energy boost similar to caffeine. Free, natural wild edibles like this make off grid living in the wilderness that much more enjoyable, and the more I add them to my diet, the less I miss modern conveniences and commercial food. As with all wild edibles, take only what you need and leave enough to keep the host and fungus healthy. The chaga infection will ultimately kill the host tree, but the tree can survive for decades if not mistreated. When collecting the chaga, leave some behind (about 15-20%) as this will help keep the chaga healthy and allow the sclerotia to regrow. If the tree has multiple instances of sclerotia, leave at least one instance completely intact for the benefit of the chaga fungus as a whole. Avoid harvesting the small specimens, and stick to pieces roughly larger than a grapefruit in size. To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 88354 My Self Reliance
Installing a Privy at the Log Cabin
 
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It's time to get the property ready for occupation, which includes building a fire pit, clearing trails and installing an outhouse and a thunderbox. In this video, I select a site for the privy, dig a 3' deep hole, build a thunderbox out of rough sawn pine and install it at the log cabin site.
Views: 42881 My Self Reliance
How I Keep Bears Away From My Food - With Help From My Dog
 
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Cali the Golden Retriever helps me demonstrate the benefits of my bear-proof food bag for backcountry camping. Please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ The owner of the company who makes the bag, also sent me a copy of the movie that he and his wife made, The River Why. It's a classic fly-fishing film set in Oregon and wealth worth the watch.
Views: 72337 My Self Reliance
How To Make Pine Tar and Charcoal From Fatwood
 
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I collect fatwood, show where I collect it from, and cook it down into charcoal and pine tar to waterproof log cabin logs and natural cordage made from cedar bark. Please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Self reliance, shawn james, Bushcraft, Woodcraft, Survival, Primitive skills, Nature, EDC, Preparedness, Homesteading, Homestead, Camping, Fire, Self Sufficiency, Living Off The Land, Off The Grid, Survival Kit, Bushcraft Kit, Fatwood, Firesteel, Ferro Rod, Carving, Primitive Shelters, Feathersticks, Campfire, Campfire Cooking, Fjallraven, Friction Fire, Wild Edibles, Foraging, Life Hacks, Camping Hacks, outdoors, tilley
Views: 28965 My Self Reliance
Notching & Splitting Logs, Cabin 2 and I Get Philosophical
 
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Back to the cabin on my friend's property. I notch some logs, split the base logs and talk about my philosophy of living simply. Music: Phoenix by Simon Alexander https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf9TjD6MHoFHSMtEL6pUa-A VERSE you came in for more but it’s more than you can might and in that’s rotten you’re ready to ignite stuck in a wicked fever as you’re wating for a home and your cadance fails to bed a steady calm CHORUS hold on to your fire you feel a need to burn for days bygone and I know that so would anyone so don’t let that fire go now VERSE listen to your reason which you seem to have ignored for you lack a way to trade your sore eyes for the blame but you won’t learn just to make it through the night so the bad, bad dreams they take you spiraling down through the dark so just... CHORUS hold on to your fire you feel a need to burn for days bygone but I know that so would anyone so don’t let that fire go now STICK at the most you strain it not to choke as the bitter pill is sold with hollow wine missing piece unfolding at the crease but don’t you dare to go and light the fuse if you burn it down there’s nothing left to loose so don’t you dare to let that fire go now
Views: 77268 My Self Reliance
Cabin Cookout   Sausage, Eggs and Steak Melt Sandwich
 
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This is the first in a new series on My Self Reliance, Cabin Cookout. In this short video, I make breakfast and lunch on the campfire while I am working on the log cabin. Part of the cabin build is the construction of a stone outdoor kitchen complete with barbeque, pizza oven and spit. Please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/
Views: 41952 My Self Reliance
Three Ways I Make Coffee in the Woods
 
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I spent a couple of hours in the woods today making coffee three different ways - French press, cowboy style and steeped in a mug.
Views: 81963 My Self Reliance
Log Cabin Building: Do I Plant Trees to Replace the Trees I Cut Down?
 
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I often get the question, "Do you plant a tree for every one you cut down?". In this video, I answer the question and give an explanation why I do what I do. Please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/
Views: 58969 My Self Reliance
Off Grid Outdoor Kitchen at the Log Cabin, Why Build It?
 
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I'm building the outdoor kitchen at the off grid homestead because it gets too hot inside the log cabin when i cook with the wood stove in the summer. The cabin stays nice and cool under the shade of the forest trees, but it does not stay that way if I cook inside over the fire. Why did I put it so close to the cabin and out in front? The same reason your kitchen at home is in the most convenient location for living - it's the hub, the heart of the home. I do not want to walk too far from the cabin to cook my meals on the grill or in the pizza bread oven, especially if it's raining or snowing out. Why is the roof line uneven and sweeping up? The west side is higher than the right to let the smoke from the barbecue escape easier and also to get it up higher out of the way of sparks from the grill and the rocket stove. Besides the practical reason, I wanted to create more an of an organic shape rather than the typical sloped roof. Where did I get the building material from? The logs I cut down last year on my own property, on my friend's property and on my sister's property. The 1" boards I purchased from a small local mill for a very cheap price. I am handcutting the cedar shakes from the offcuts from the log cabin as well as from other trees. Please subscribe: https://bit.ly/2G7ncW9 Playlist Links Building the Forest Kitchen: https://bit.ly/2GSjkJa Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://bit.ly/2LttALh Building the Forest Kitchen: https://bit.ly/2GSjkJa Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://bit.ly/2sc1riW Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://bit.ly/2KSSbYI Log Cabins: https://bit.ly/2sdl0HF Links to gear used at the cabin: Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants - https://amzn.to/2rhEiMn Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat - https://amzn.to/2Ia4xy1 Apeman Trail Camera - https://amzn.to/2HRZSNT Cabelas Trail Camera - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/86944/cabelas-outfitter-14mp-ir-hd-trail-camera Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Solar LED light bulb 15W - http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Copper Fairy lights - http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights - http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Lodge Dutch Oven - http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Bragg’s Sprinkle - http://amzn.to/2EdouzK To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 135539 My Self Reliance
Traditional Japanese Way to Preserve Wood with Fire using Shou Sugi Ban, Yakisugi on my log cabin
 
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Shou Sugi Ban, also called Yakisugi, is the charring of cedar wood for use in construction of exposed wood buildings. I'm not sure if it was ever used for roofing, and I doubt it's ever been used as a board and batten style roof on a log cabin, so this may be one of a kind. This is a follow up to the video, Fire Hardened Wood Roof on a Log Cabin (https://youtu.be/KOUHvsjZrt0), I show how I burned the wood for the roof and the cabin floor using two different techniques. Please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Self reliance, shawn james, winter camping, Bushcraft, Woodcraft, Survival, Primitive skills, Nature, EDC, Preparedness, Homesteading, Homestead, Camping, Fire, Self Reliance, Self Sufficiency, Living Off The Land, Off The Grid, Survival Kit, Bushcraft Kit, Firesteel, Ferro Rod, Carving, Primitive Shelters, Feathersticks, Campfire, Campfire Cooking, Bushcraft Breakfast, Fjallraven, Friction Fire, Dehydrated Meals, Food Storage, Freeze Dried Foods, Wild Edibles, Foraging, Life Hacks, Camping Hacks, Hunting, outdoors Bug Out, Wilderness Survival, Log Cabin, Off Grid, Hunting, Fishing, Self Reliance, Primitive Skills, Primitive Homesteading, Prepping
Views: 297607 My Self Reliance
Howling Wolves Wake Me Up at the Off Grid Log Cabin
 
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Early this May, I camped alone at the cabin property(My Self Reliance Camp) while I worked on the cabin foundation. I installed a privy, hauled logs, and cooked some great meals over the open fire for myself. I was awakened by a pack of wolves, barred owls and a saw whet owl at 4:30 in the morning
Views: 275222 My Self Reliance
Felling a Huge Maple Tree with an Axe, Milling Lumber with Granberg Alaskan Chainsaw Mill, Husqvarna
 
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Felling a huge, dying sugar maple tree on the path to the off grid log cabin, I use an axe to cut it down and a Granberg Alaskan chainsaw mill and Husqvarna chainsaw to mill lumber out of the tree. This huge maple tree hangs over the pathway and I have been walking under daily since buying the land in April 2017 and I have planned on cutting it down before it falls on it's own. It's almost completely rotten on the south side, which is the direction it leans, and the tree is being completely supported by a thin layer of live wood on the north side of the trunk. The tree is over 20" in diameter but because it is barely alive, I am able to cut it down with just a few swings with my Swedish felling axe. Once the tree hits the ground, I use an axe to limb the tree and my new Husqvarna chainsaw to cut it into 36" logs. I use a new Granberg Alaskan chainsaw mill to cut slabs off the live side of the log. Since most of the wood is dead and decomposing, I have to scoop out the rotten wood to use just the thin strip of live wood to make furniture. The first thing I'm making is a small corner desk for the log cabin, something I can sit at to edit videos, carve wood, sharpen tools, etc in front of the small window facing south over the front porch of the tiny house. Self reliance is becoming better defined for me as I continue to build the off grid wilderness homestead. I am discovering my limitations this year, one of which is the near impossibility to fabricate my own lumber using handsaws. I just don't have the strength and stamina to make lumber from timber on the property in the quantity that I'm using. I didn't mind splitting some logs and cutting short lengths of wood into small, usable boards from the timber or to rip short boards using hand tools into dimensions suitable for small projects, like the floor boards, but I have reached my limit. The Gransberg Alaskan chainsaw mill will be used along with my Husqvarna chainsaw to cut all lumber from now on, and I'll continue to use hand tools to process the lumber into furniture, building materials for the outdoor kitchen, sauna, workshop, woodshed and more. Instead of using handtools for everything as I have in the past and since I'm continuing to work alone as a one man construction crew, I will use power tools where necessary to do the bigger jobs safely and quicker, but I'll make sure I continue to develop my skill with hand tools so that I can work and live without electricity and fossil fuels most of the time and when I run out of money or resources to use outside fuel sources. Once the wilderness homestead main infrastructure is built (mainly the buildings) I can slow my pace back down and I won't need power. That will always be my goal. Links to products I use at the cabin; Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Mora Knife http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Lamp OiI http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Moka Pot http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Canon 6D http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Bragg's Sprinkle http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Axe http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 173360 My Self Reliance
The Forest Kitchen at the Off Grid Log Cabin Build, Ep 4: She Digs It
 
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She digs it at the off grid log cabin build - Cali helps excavate the foundation of the forest kitchen as I install another post and dig a trench to support the stone grill and stove. I fabricate log support bracing and install them, attempting to make the upper framework of the timber frame shelter look like a network of tree branches to fit into the forest. I will continue adding smaller branches once the barbeque is finished and then I'll install cedar shakes with moss to make it look like a forest canopy. The weather was interesting again this week with cool days, intermittent rain and dramatic skies. The insects liked the weather too, with one day of bad mosquitoes and a few blackflies to contend with. I burn a couple of smudge fires to keep them away, which works very well. I also treat my clothing with permethrin, which can be seen drying on the clothes line. I will upload the permethrin video this coming Wednesday. My "online" diet is healthy this week. I cook a soup made with tomatoes, rice, wild rice, beans, split peas, hot peppers, dates, garlic onion powder, turmeric, black pepper and maple syrup. This simple meal feeds me four times for a very small price tag - lunch and dinner times two. For breakfast, oatmeal with blueberries and maple syrup with a side of chaga tea. My self reflections is back. This week I talk about reflecting back on childhood and our propensity to glorify youth, forgetting that we had just as many stresses as children. We had big hopes and dreams when we were young, and as we get older, we realize many of them are never going to come true. My solution for that is to not waste a single day and do not go to your grave with regrets. Please subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIMXKin1fXXCeq2UJePJEog?sub_confirmation=1 https://bit.ly/2G7ncW9 Playlist Links Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPmy72sCsMtEbyUOr4XojCsG Building the Forest Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPlVGOcybOEauGzfSseb3W68 Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPnS6ZJ30i4ACtpMlmz7BrzT Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkhZQ-7stfXYfRD-Kje0Go9 Log Cabins: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkGrISWOKvY_0uMOjJI-Chv Links to gear used at the cabin: Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants - https://amzn.to/2rhEiMn Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat - https://amzn.to/2Ia4xy1 Apeman Trail Camera - https://amzn.to/2HRZSNT Cabelas Trail Camera - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/86944/cabelas-outfitter-14mp-ir-hd-trail-camera Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Wall Lantern (candle lit) - http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Solar LED light bulb 15W - http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Copper Fairy lights - http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights - http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12” round - http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven - http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees - http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone - http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Lamp OiI - http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Bragg’s Sprinkle - http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Cabelas Ice Hut - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/80349/cabelas-ice-team-five-sided-360-full-thermal-ice-shelter To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
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Bannock Recipe and Cooking Methods
 
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Bannock recipe, including nutritional data, found here on the website; http://myselfreliance.com/my-self-reliance-bannock-recipe/
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Small Town Life: Learn to Fish, Hunt and Bushcraft, Shawn James Childhood
 
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See where I grew up - I was born and raised in a small town where I learned to fish, hunt, bushcraft, build shelters, trap, live off the land. This was my inspiration to live the log cabin life I'm living now - it all started by growing up within walking distance of a marsh, a river and a forest where I could learn about nature and interact with wildlife - animals, fish, birds, amphibians - I loved every minute of it! I loved growing up and living in a small town and it was this small town life that inspired me to move north to a tiny village when I was time for me to raise a family of my own. Please subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIMXKin1fXXCeq2UJePJEog?sub_confirmation=1 https://bit.ly/2G7ncW9 Playlist Links Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPmy72sCsMtEbyUOr4XojCsG Building the Forest Kitchen: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPlVGOcybOEauGzfSseb3W68 Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPnS6ZJ30i4ACtpMlmz7BrzT Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkhZQ-7stfXYfRD-Kje0Go9 Log Cabins: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkGrISWOKvY_0uMOjJI-Chv Links to gear used at the cabin: Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants - https://amzn.to/2rhEiMn Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat - https://amzn.to/2Ia4xy1 Apeman Trail Camera - https://amzn.to/2HRZSNT Cabelas Trail Camera - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/86944/cabelas-outfitter-14mp-ir-hd-trail-camera Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Wall Lantern (candle lit) - http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
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Cabin Cookout: Breakfast Frittata
 
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Frittata is a simple egg dish that my wife and I eat almost every day. Packed with nutrition but very low in calories, it's a perfect meal for weight loss and/or maintenance. Here I make it with bacon and beans, but it can be modified to include just about anything, including fish, chicken, beef, pork and cheese. For more idea, check out my blog post on my website. http://myselfreliance.com/lobster-frittata-recipe/ Please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/
Views: 43382 My Self Reliance
BUGS ARE BAD in the Forest at the Log Cabin, Gone Fishing
 
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When the bugs are too bad in the forest, I head out on the water to escape them - gone fishing. Please subscribe: https://bit.ly/2G7ncW9 Playlist Links Building the Forest Kitchen: https://bit.ly/2GSjkJa Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://bit.ly/2LttALh Building the Forest Kitchen: https://bit.ly/2GSjkJa Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://bit.ly/2sc1riW Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://bit.ly/2KSSbYI Log Cabins: https://bit.ly/2sdl0HF Links to gear used at the cabin: Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants - https://amzn.to/2rhEiMn Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat - https://amzn.to/2Ia4xy1 Apeman Trail Camera - https://amzn.to/2HRZSNT Cabelas Trail Camera - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/86944/cabelas-outfitter-14mp-ir-hd-trail-camera Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Solar LED light bulb 15W - http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Copper Fairy lights - http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights - http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Lodge Dutch Oven - http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Bragg’s Sprinkle - http://amzn.to/2EdouzK To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 80083 My Self Reliance
Couple's Ice Fishing in Northeastern Ontario
 
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Watch as my wife and I travel to Big Moose Camp in Corbeil Ontario to fish for perch and walleye through the ice from our woodstove heated ice hut.
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Cutting Down Huge Dead Trees at My Self Reliance Camp
 
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Watch me cut down some massive maple tree stumps and tall dead trees at My Self Reliance camp. I'm using a Husqvarna Rancher chainsaw in order to cut down as many as possible before guests start arriving at the camp. The standing dead trees pose a real hazard and can easily fall down in high winds or heavy snowfall. Also, check out the forest fire that burned part of the bush behind the property on Crown land. It burned underground and killed the trees without actually spreading to the canopy.
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Bushcraft: Carving a Wooden Spoon and a Hooked Knife Handle at the Log Cabin
 
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While boiling maple syrup on the fire at the off grid log cabin, I practice bushcraft by carving a wooden serving spoon with a Haida carving knife that I carved a handle for earlier. I carved the knife handle from a piece of hard sugar maple, installed the blade with brass rivets and wrapped the handle with braided decoy anchor line. I coated the string serving with wood glue and sanded it and the maple wood handle smooth with 220 grit sandpaper. I sharpened the hook blade with three sharpening stones, from coarse to fine and then finished it off on the leather strop. Once the carving knife was assembled and sharpened, I split a piece of hard yellow birch with my splitting froe, axe and Adventure Sworn knife and use a combination of a small straight blade carving knife, the 4" bushcraft knife and the Haida carving (hook blade) knife. Once it was close to the finished shape, I sanded it with 80 grit sandpaper, then 150 grit, then 220 grit. I dipped the spoon in water to raise the grain and set it out to dry in the wind and sun and then sanded it again. The wooden spoon is to be used for serving one pot meals cooked on the open fire and the wood stove, so the handle is long and the bowl deep. The wood is extremely strong and tight-grained. I sealed it with two coats of mineral oil, sanding lightly between coats. I'll reseal it a few times over the next month or two and then maybe twice per year. While I'm working on the knife and spoon, my wife and dog Cali are there. My wife is helping with the sap boiling and preparing meals while I'm tending to the fire. Our golden retriever is a retrieving fanatic and is constantly asking me to throw her training dummy to retrieve. When I'm not doing that for her, she sleep on the front porch of the tiny house log cabin and chases the red squirrels that roam the property around the cabin. I'll continue carving utensils for the cabin, including some bigger spoons, some small eating spoons, cups, kuksa, bowls and a spatula. Links to products I use at the cabin; Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Mora Knife http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Lamp OiI http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Wall Lantern (candle lit) http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Canon 6D http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs Axe http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 109523 My Self Reliance
Where I get my OFF GRID WATER From and other Questions and Answers
 
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Where do I get my drinking, cooking and cleaning water from? Do I plant trees to replace the trees that I cut down? How I changed my life one step at a time. Please subscribe: https://bit.ly/2G7ncW9 Playlist Links Building the Forest Kitchen: https://bit.ly/2GSjkJa Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://bit.ly/2LttALh Building the Forest Kitchen: https://bit.ly/2GSjkJa Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://bit.ly/2sc1riW Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://bit.ly/2KSSbYI Log Cabins: https://bit.ly/2sdl0HF Links to gear used at the cabin: Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants - https://amzn.to/2rhEiMn Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat - https://amzn.to/2Ia4xy1 Apeman Trail Camera - https://amzn.to/2HRZSNT Cabelas Trail Camera - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/86944/cabelas-outfitter-14mp-ir-hd-trail-camera Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Solar LED light bulb 15W - http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Copper Fairy lights - http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights - http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Lodge Dutch Oven - http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Bragg’s Sprinkle - http://amzn.to/2EdouzK To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 85758 My Self Reliance
8 Day Fishing Trip in the Thunder Bay Region of the Canadian Wilderness with Joe Robinet Bushcraft
 
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Join Joe Robinet and me as we paddle for 8 days through Woodland Caribou Provincial Park in northwestern Ontario in search of monster walleye, lake trout and northern pike. We encounter moose, bears, eagles, wicked storms, forest fires and countless fish.
Views: 46992 My Self Reliance
How to Heat an Off Grid Log Cabin with Wood, Thermal Imaging Scan (infrared)
 
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Testing the heat loss in my off grid log cabin, I use my infrared thermal imaging camera to take night time photos of the cabin while the woodstove is on, and then again the following morning when the fire is no longer burning. My woodburning stove is not the most efficient for primary heating, so I show exactly how it functions and what I can do to make it more efficient, saving wood and money in the process. It's interesting to see my dog, Cali the Golden Retriever, show up on the thermal image and how cool she is compared to the surrounding walls, table and bed that she's lying on. The tiny house should be very easy to heat once the pointing (mortar) is done inside and out and I can use what I've learned on this log cabin to help me design and build the other structures on my wilderness homestead. Working and collecting firewood alone is challenging, so I want to maximize the efficiency of each building in order to make this long term off grid survival situation more economically feasible. If I can reduce the amount of fuel needed to heat each off grid building, I can provide all of the energy I need for free from the property. This is going to require the installation of rocket stove (rocket mass heater) to use the wood more efficiently. I have a few upcoming diy projects that this thermal scan technology will help with - the bread oven, the sauna, the workshop and the maple sugar shack. Links to Products Used: Solar LED light bulb 15W http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Copper Fairy lights http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12" round http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Mora Knife http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Lamp OiI http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Wall Lantern (candle lit) http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Canon 6D http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Bragg's Sprinkle http://amzn.to/2EdouzK To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 225257 My Self Reliance
Make a Tripod Hoist and Move Logs While Building a Cabin Alone
 
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In this video, I square up and level the log cabin foundation logs, build a tripod with rope chain-fall and talk about the next projects that I'm about to start working on.
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The Forest Kitchen at the Off Grid Log Cabin, Ep  2: Working Solo
 
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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. Please subscribe: https://bit.ly/2G7ncW9 Playlist Links Building the Forest Kitchen: https://bit.ly/2GSjkJa Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://bit.ly/2LttALh Building the Forest Kitchen: https://bit.ly/2GSjkJa Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://bit.ly/2sc1riW Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://bit.ly/2KSSbYI Log Cabins: https://bit.ly/2sdl0HF Links to gear used at the cabin: Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants - https://amzn.to/2rhEiMn Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat - https://amzn.to/2Ia4xy1 Apeman Trail Camera - https://amzn.to/2HRZSNT Cabelas Trail Camera - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/86944/cabelas-outfitter-14mp-ir-hd-trail-camera Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Wall Lantern (candle lit) - http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Lodge Dutch Oven - http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
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Build a Permanent Adirondack Shelter in 2 Days
 
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Visit the new My Self Reliance property with Shawn and Joe Robinet as we build the first permanent super shelter to house guests and students. http://myselfreliance.com/benefits-owning-land-unorganized-township-ontario/ Purchase land just about anywhere in Southern and Central Ontario, or anywhere else in Canada or the United States, for the purpose of sustainable, off-grid living, and you will soon find out there are rules and regulations in place to stop you from doing what YOU want to do. It sounds hard to believe, but just because you own your own land does not mean you have the right to do whatever you wish on it, even if it has no impact on your neighbors or the environment. In our hunt for suitable land to create a power-free, off-grid recreation lifestyle, my wife and I were shocked to discover that not only could we not build a tiny home to occupy, nor a temporary Bunkie prior to building a permanent residence, we were not even permitted to camp on OUR land for any length of time. What?! It’s true. We could spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on a piece of vacant land in Ontario and we could not occupy that land, even temporarily, without a permit in place to build a permanent home. And, not just any home, but a house with a minimum area of 1,000 square feet – not exactly a “tiny” home. With a permit in place, it’s legal to place a trailer on the property for up to three years (only in some municipalities mind you), but at the end of that period, the trailer must be removed from the property if you have not built a house. Also shockingly, in many jurisdictions, it’s actually illegal to NOT be connected to the local utility grid. So, relying on renewable energy (or even a generator) without tying into the territorial electricity grid is strictly forbidden. What we wanted Freedom from government oversight at a local level. Freedom to build an off-grid homestead Freedom to camp or otherwise occupy our property in a shelter that we deem appropriate for our current use. Freedom from high development fees and annual property taxes. What to do? One possible solution, although not necessarily a 100% legal one, is to own and occupy land in an unorganized township. In Ontario, Canada, unorganized territories are found only above Muskoka in the center of the province, from Parry Sound District north. In these Districts, there are areas with no county or regional levels of government and therefore no local oversight.
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OFF GRID LOG CABIN with My WIFE and DOG, Catch and Cook TROUT
 
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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. Links to Products Used: Links to gear used in this video: Solar LED light bulb 15W http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Copper Fairy lights http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12” round http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Mora Knife http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Lamp OiI http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Wall Lantern (candle lit) http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Canon 6D http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Bragg’s Sprinkle http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Cabelas Ice Hut https://www.cabelas.ca/product/80349/cabelas-ice-team-five-sided-360-full-thermal-ice-shelter Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled https://www.cabelas.ca/product/3443 Axe http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
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Q&A: Why I Wear Wide-Brimmed Hats
 
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After hearing that my oldest sister had a malignant melanoma mole removed from her face, it reinforced why I wear wide brimmed Tilley hats and sunglasses when I'm outdoors, especially when I'm out on the water. Playlist Links Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPmy72sCsMtEbyUOr4XojCsG Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPnS6ZJ30i4ACtpMlmz7BrzT Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkhZQ-7stfXYfRD-Kje0Go9 Log Cabins: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkGrISWOKvY_0uMOjJI-Chv Links to gear used at the cabin: Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants - https://amzn.to/2rhEiMn Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat - https://amzn.to/2Ia4xy1 Apeman Trail Camera - https://amzn.to/2HRZSNT Cabelas Trail Camera - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/86944/cabelas-outfitter-14mp-ir-hd-trail-camera Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Wall Lantern (candle lit) - http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Solar LED light bulb 15W - http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Copper Fairy lights - http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights - http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12” round - http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven - http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees - http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone - http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Lamp OiI - http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Bragg’s Sprinkle - http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Cabelas Ice Hut - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/80349/cabelas-ice-team-five-sided-360-full-thermal-ice-shelter To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
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Chaga Mushroom for Tea and Tinder
 
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My property in central Ontario west of Algonquin Park is full of yellow birch trees and many of them have chaga fungus growing on them. In this video, I process some of the chaga into tea and fire tinder.
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Books: The Craft of Log Cabin Building and One Man's Wilderness, Dick Proenneke
 
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In this short video, I review 3 books on log cabin building - One Man’s Wilderness, By Sam Keith from the journals and photographs of Richard Proenneke, More Readings from One Man’s Wilderness, the Journals of Richard L. Proenneke and The Craft of Log Building by Hermann Phleps, Translated and adapted from the original 1942 German by Roger MacGregor, commissioned by Lee Valley. Even though my log cabin build was very organic and did not require or use blueprints, I gained valuable information and insights from these three books on how to build a log cabin and live in the wilderness alone. To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Self reliance, shawn james, Bushcraft, Woodcraft, Survival, Primitive skills, Nature, Preparedness, Homesteading, Homestead, Self Reliance, Self Sufficiency, Living Off The Land, Off The Grid, One Man's wilderness, outdoors, Dick Proenneke, One Man's Wilderness, Alaska, Log Cabin, book review
Views: 85161 My Self Reliance
Home Alone with my Dog at the Log Cabin, ASMR Tapping Trees, Off Grid Refrigeration
 
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This week, I am home alone with my dog at the off grid log cabin and we get a lot done - tapping trees for maple syrup, harvesting lake ice for summer refrigeration, finally installing hinges and handle on the outhouse door, ripping logs for future projects and more. I cook two meals - poached lake trout with wild rice and tabbouleh and beef soup with mixed vegetables. Cali, our Golden Retriever, is 14 months old and still full of energy. She is a retrieving fanatic and I love to watch her retriever her training dummy, which is one of the reasons I prefer sporting dogs. Their passion to work is incredible and Cali is clearly happier retrieving than doing anything else. In fact, she'll ignore dog treats or bones if there is something to retrieve first, whether that's a thrown boat bumper or a wild bird, such as waterfowl or grouse. Her lineage is more show that field, but most retrievers, whether Labrador, Golden, Chesapeake, etc, will still have that instinct to hunt since it is what they have been bred for over many decades. Cali is a passionate retrieiver. The video starts with me and Cali walking along the ice on the edge of a large lake in Ontario Canada. Huge chunks of clear, blue ice have accumulated along the pink granite shoreline and then refroze into beautiful sculptures. I collect some of this ice, bringing it back to the log cabin in the woods to store under sawdust for summer cooling. However, an unprecedented warm spell for February melts the ice before I get a chance to store it in sawdust to keep it cold. The temperatures are up and down, but generally much warmer than we are used to hear in Canada in February. It gets as high as +9 Celsius on one day and the sap in the maple trees starts running. I tap about 15 trees, installing spigots and steel pails to collect the sap as it runs during the day, freezing at night. I will tap another 15 trees once the weather stabilizes and we get many days above freezing in a row. The sound of sap dripping into the buckets at this time of year is music to my ears, ASMR, as it foretells of spring to come. The birds are getting more active too, so the forest, which was virtually silent a few weeks ago, is bubbling with the sound of birds and squirrels becoming more active in anticipation of spring. To make up for the melted ice, I cut large chunks from the stream behind the cabin and I store it in a shallow pit, covered in sawdust and a tarp. I will need to add a lot more ice and sawdust over the next couple of weeks in order to create enough mass to stop it from melting too much over the summer. Next year, I'll build an ice house to store it more efficiently, so this year is more of an experiment. Tabbouleh Recipe: 1 cup Curly parsley chopped 1/2 cup chopped mint leaves 1-2 garlic cloves minced 1/2 cup Hemp hearts 1 1/2 cups diced cherry tomatoes Dressing: Fresh lemon zest (1/2 a lemon) 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice 2 TBSP Olive oil 1 tsp red wine vinegar 1/2 TBSP pure maple syrup Salt and pepper to taste Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl and pour over top of chopped ingredients. Stir to combine everything and serve immediately. Links to gear used in this video: Solar LED light bulb 15W http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Copper Fairy lights http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12" round http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Mora Knife http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Lamp OiI http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Wall Lantern (candle lit) http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Canon 6D http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Bragg's Sprinkle http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Axe http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
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Traditional Woodworking using Hand Tools: Finishing Interior of an Off Grid Log Cabin DIY Kitchen
 
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After skating on thin ice, I use traditional woodworking handtools to work on the interior of the log cabin. I add a second layer of wood to the kitchen countertop, install a cistern hand pump to supply water to the sink, fabricate and install copper to the backsplash and build my dog, Cali, a new raised bed with storage inside. The video starts with drone footage of me skating on thin ice of a marsh and at the end of the video, I talk about doing exactly that as a kid and how I learned so much from that marsh, from how to skate and play hockey to how to identify birds, animals and insects of a marsh. Thanks to David Oxley from Precision Sheet Metal for his generous donation of the sheet of copper. Links to gear used in this video: Solar LED light bulb 15W http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Copper Fairy lights http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12" round http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Mora Knife http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Lamp OiI http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Wall Lantern (candle lit) http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Canon 6D http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Bragg's Sprinkle Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Axe http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 563097 My Self Reliance
Cooking Outdoors at the Cabin: Steak and Fries on the Campfire
 
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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. Yesterday's video (Trail camera videos): https://youtu.be/Syob1G2psas Log Cabin Build Step by Step Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPmy72sCsMtEbyUOr4XojCsG Food, Wild Edibles, Recipes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPnS6ZJ30i4ACtpMlmz7BrzT Bushcraft: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPk2dpiJb-wfPrpJkodkS7g7 Outdoor Gear: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkhZQ-7stfXYfRD-Kje0Go9 Log Cabins: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-UbUksm4nPkGrISWOKvY_0uMOjJI-Chv Amazon links to products I use at the cabin. Fjallraven Vidda Pro Pants - https://amzn.to/2rhEiMn Tilley Endurables Airflo Hat - https://amzn.to/2Ia4xy1 Apeman Trail Camera - https://amzn.to/2HRZSNT Cabelas Trail Camera - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/86944/cabelas-outfitter-14mp-ir-hd-trail-camera Mora Knife - http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw - http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Axe - http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Eagle Claw® Multi-Purpose Jet Sled - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/34435 Wall Lantern (candle lit) - http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot - http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Virtus Knife- http://www.virtusknives.com/ Canon 6D - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Solar LED light bulb 15W - http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Copper Fairy lights - http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights - http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12” round - http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven - http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees - http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone - http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Lamp OiI - http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Bragg’s Sprinkle - http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Cabelas Ice Hut - https://www.cabelas.ca/product/80349/cabelas-ice-team-five-sided-360-full-thermal-ice-shelter To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
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Long Term Food Storage for Self Reliance at the Off Grid Log Cabin
 
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Long term food storage for self reliance is one of my primary concerns at the off grid log cabin, and the DIY bushcraft woodworking projects I engage in this week help me achieve this. The wilderness homestead in the forest is more self sufficient when it includes at least one year's worth of food in storage, and beans, rice, grains, legumes and canned preserved goods are critical to my survival in a SHTF situation. Prepping for a survival situation is easy to do in this remote location since I have access to endless forests, wild game, fish and plant-based wild edibles, but for things that I can't grow or find easily, storing things like grains and legumes in a safe place is one more step in my quest for complete food security and self reliance. In this episode, I build more floating shelves with wood from the land to store food in mason jars. I make a couple of meals with food from the shelves, including split pea and rice soup and beans with rice. Using a Husqvarna chainsaw, something I haven't done at the property since before I started building the cabin, I cut down a large dying maple tree and use a Granberg Alaskan chainsaw mill to cut a slab of wood for a leg for a new table for the log cabin. Using power tools will continue to be the exception rather than the rule, but in order to achieve everything I have planned at the homestead this year, I need a chainsaw to mill my own lumber. One I'm done building the infrastructure, including all of the buildings, I'll go back to using hand tools only since I want to be able to live with as little inputs from the outside world as possible, including fuel and parts for equipment. Links to products I use at the cabin; Solar LED light bulb 15W http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Copper Fairy lights http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Lodge Dutch Oven http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Rocksheat baking stone http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Mora Knife http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Lamp OiI http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Wall Lantern (candle lit) http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Canon 6D http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Bragg's Sprinkle http://amzn.to/2EdouzK Axe http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 343567 My Self Reliance
Lost! My Gear for Surviving an Emergency Overnight Camp
 
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This November, I was intrigued by the thought that hardly anyone is out enjoying the great outdoors, specifically camping and canoeing, this late in the fall. It is the shoulder season, and it seems only hunters and musky fishermen are out. What if I could show that shoulder season is just as fun and rewarding as winter and summer camping? Really, it comes down to owning and using the proper gear, even if that means the gear that can be carried on your back in a small day pack. So, off I went for two days with no tent, a tiny tarp, no sleeping bag and no sleeping pad.
Views: 23731 My Self Reliance
Off Grid Log Cabin in the Forest: DIY Rustic Wood Kitchen, Handmade Copper Sink
 
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While working in an off grid log cabin in the forest, I was happy to hone my self reliance skills to hand-make the DIY sink for the rustic wood kitchen from copper. Click on http://www.audible.com/myselfreliance or text "myselfreliance" to 500-500 to get your free Audible download with a 30 day trial. Thank-you Audible for sponsoring this video! Cali, our Golden Retriever, joins me as I build the sink from copper, hand forming it from a 3' x 8' sheet of 20 oz copper that a kind subscriber gave me for this project, David Oxley from Precision Fabrication in Parry Sound, Ontario. Thanks David! Soldering the sink with an old fashioned, antique soldering iron that I heated up on the woodstove was challenging since I had not done this type of work for 20 years or more. But, I think the final results are going to be well worth the effort. As with all of the projects on the log cabin, it's more work doing this alone and with hand tools, but it's very rewarding once the work is done. Speaking of that, in my self reflections at the end of the video, I talk about how I always make sure that I live each and every day to the fullest and that I'm happy if I get even the smallest thing done, but that I also spend time with people that I love and/or take time out to do things that make me happy. Making a rustic kitchen out of rough sawn lumber is very enjoyable without the limitations and extra stress of a modern home where everything must be perfect. I like the simplicity of using nails, rough pine boards, metals like copper and the free form design of the kitchen counter, cabinets, sink and other components. This cabin really is a DIY project, and I was relieved that my wife and I came up with this idea to make the sink out of copper rather than use a modern, prefabricated sink, even if it was from my old cabin. Tune in next week as I complete the kitchen, installing a finished countertop, a cistern pump, metal catch basin, copper backsplash, a storage bin that doubles as a bed for my dog, and doors on the cabinets. As usual, this video includes scenes of me making dinner on the stove, kale and spinach soup with homemade sourdough bread to dip into it. Links to gear used in this video: Solar LED light bulb 15W http://amzn.to/2BQvSQ2 Agawa Canyon Boreal 21 Saw http://amzn.to/2BPV6OF Copper Fairy lights http://amzn.to/2BCmF0X Solar String Lights http://amzn.to/2DvgU2n Banneton 12" round http://amzn.to/2ByxwsF Lodge Dutch Oven http://amzn.to/2kHuxDQ Flamen heat resistant gloves up to 500 degrees http://amzn.to/2l1mRMm Rocksheat baking stone http://amzn.to/2kF6eql Mora Knife http://amzn.to/2BOiv35 Lamp OiI http://amzn.to/2qz0nZ1 Wall Lantern (candle lit) http://amzn.to/2Dpa0MK Moka Pot http://amzn.to/2DEomvO Canada http://amzn.to/2ndmtw6 USA Canon 6D http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro http://amzn.to/2DHuJib Bragg's Sprinkle http://amzn.to/2EdouzK To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
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How to Make & Install Floating Shelves in a Tiny House Rustic Kitchen, DIY Log Cabin, Macaroni
 
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I carve wood dowels and cut pine planks from free wood to make and install floating shelves in the tiny house kitchen at the log cabin, another off grid, rustic DIY project. Using hand tools, I whittle pegs from ash firewood logs and hammer them into holes I drilled in the log walls and pine planks using a brace and bit. The holes are 5/8" and 4 inches deep on both ends. The pine planks are 2" thick, which I used an Alaskan chainsaw mill to cut from red pine logs that I cut down at my friend's property last spring. At the beginning of the video, my dog, Cali, and I hike across the beaver meadow and down the frozen stream to gather balsam fir logs that Joe and I cut last March. I bring a couple of bundles back to the cabin to use for trimming the windows and the benches in the cabin. The remaining logs will be used to make chairs for the fireside as well as for building materials for the workshop, sugar shack, root cellar or woodshed. My wife films us in the meadow using a Mavic Pro drone and I film the ground level scenes with my 6D, Mark II. Using hand tools, including a rip saw, a crosscut saw, hammer, brace and bits, axes, drawknife, planes and bushcraft knife, I fashion bulky trim for around the east window. I have three meals in this video. The first is a beef soup that I made in the last video, which I eat for lunch while working on the rustic kitchen shelves. The second meal is macaroni and cheese, made with shredded aged cheddar and parmesan cheese with butter, flour and cream. On the side, I have fresh sourdough garlic bread, toasted on the woodstove. For breakfast the following morning, I make frittata with smoked salmon and sourdough toast. The egg dish includes, sweet and hot peppers, cheese, smoked sockeye salmon and tomato. At the end of the video, I talk about how much time I'm spending making things more aesthetic rather than only functional. I want to surround myself with beauty and nature rather than rigid, hard surfaces. Links to Products Used: Canon 6D Mark ii - http://amzn.to/2EdaZjs DJI Mavic Pro - http://amzn.to/2DHuJib To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 338682 My Self Reliance
Simple Log Cabin Life and Venison Poutine
 
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Simplifying life at the log cabin in the spring, I spend the week cutting down dead trees and ripping them into boards, fuelled by calorie rich meals of venison poutine for dinner and venison skillet breakfast. To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
Views: 143441 My Self Reliance
The Log Cabin: Clearing the Site and Preparing the Foundation Logs
 
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In this third video in the log cabin series, I clear the cabin site of trees and underbrush, move two large cedars into place for foundation logs and make a hot lunch on my new bushbuddy stove. On the first two days, the temperatures is cold, less than -20C with windchill. On the third day, the temperature rises to a few degrees above freezing and I have to remove layers to stay cool while working. The trout stream is opening up and there are rabbits running around everywhere, eating the tops of the trees as I cut them down. I have now spent 23 hours on the log cabin, most of that time spent cutting down trees, trimming branches and cutting the trees into logs for the cabin. Please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Personal Facebook Page (Shawn James) – https://www.facebook.com/shawn.james.msr Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Self reliance, shawn james, winter camping, Bushcraft, Woodcraft, Survival, Primitive skills, Nature, EDC, Preparedness, Homesteading, Homestead, Camping, Fire, Self Reliance, Self Sufficiency, Living Off The Land, Off The Grid, Survival Kit, Bushcraft Kit, Pathfinder School, Firesteel, Ferro Rod, Carving, Primitive Shelters, Feathersticks, Campfire, Campfire Cooking, Bushcraft Breakfast, Fjallraven, Friction Fire, Dehydrated Meals, Food Storage, Freeze Dried Foods, Wild Edibles, Foraging, Life Hacks, Camping Hacks, Hunting, outdoors
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My Self Reliance - Bushcraft, Canoeing, Hunting, Fishing and Homesteading
 
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Bushcraft, Survival, Canoeing, Hunting, Fishing, Camping and Homesteading
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Bushcraft Knife and Axe Safety, Working Safely Alone in the Forest, Log Cabin Life
 
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Processing firewood or bushcrafting with a knife and axe can be dangerous, especially when working alone in the forest here at the log cabin, so I need to make sure I'm doing it as safely as possible at all times, remembering basic safety procedures. Using a knife to split wood is potentially dangerous and the risk of sustaining a severe cut to the fingers or palm of the hand is very real, particularly using the method I see too many bushcrafters use. Slamming a knife point down into a piece of wood is risky - one slip and the hand slides down the blade of the knife. A better method would be to baton the back of the knife, keeping it horizontal and the hand well away from the blade. However, it is effective to hammer the point of a full tang bushcraft knife into the wood on a chopping block and then prying the wood sideways to split it. To do this safely, a makeshift mallet should be used to hammer the butt of the knife, the steel pommel ideally so as not to damage the softer handle, into the wood from above. Regardless of what method is used, I highly recommend wearing leather gloves with a good grip as well as safety glasses. For the past decade or two, I wear glasses all of the time when in the bush or on the water, especially if I'm doing bushcraft. Eventually everyone who works in the forest will get branches, debris or wood chips in their eyes, which is easily prevented by using a good pair of high impact glasses. I wear Oakley Flak Jacket glasses because they are sturdy and the lenses are easily switched out. I wear dark polarized glasses on sunny days or any day out on the lake or river, and I wear yellow shooting lenses when hunting, shooting targets of walking in the forest on a dull day. When using an axe, especially when splitting firewood, it's essential to pay close attention to the path of the axe, the arc as you swing it into the wood. Inevitably, an axe will glance off the firewood and/or chopping block, or will pass through the piece of wood, continuing on the path. Especially with a short handled axe, that path will be back towards your legs or feet. It's critical to swing with mostly downward momentum, vertically with the arms and axe horizontal. This way, when the axe passes through the wood or glances off, it will bury itself in the chopping block or ground rather than a body part. Products I recommend; Mora Garberg Bushcraft Knife https://amzn.to/2H3va88 Oakley Flak Jacket sunglasses https://amzn.to/2IXSDnH Axes http://www.torontoblacksmith.com/ Leather gloves https://amzn.to/2IXwc22 Tilley Hat https://amzn.to/2EN5uXs Fjallraven Vidda Pro pants https://amzn.to/2HByAvJ To see what I’m up to during the rest of the week, please follow me on my other online channels; Website: http://myselfreliance.com/ Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MySelfReliance/ Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/myselfreliance/ My Mailing Address: P.O. Box 20042 Barrie, Ontario L4M 6E9 Canada
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