Below is a time-lapse video of a complete log cabin build by one man alone in the wilderness of Canada. From the 1st tree he cut to last floor he laid.
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 his channel.
At the beginning of the video, he shows a winter drone photo of the cabin in the snow in December. Then he flashed-back to the first balsam fir tree he cut down with a saw and axe near the cabin.
He drags the trees into place and clears the cabin site. All summer, he cut the notches in the logs as he built the cabin up, offsite. Once he was finished notching the logs with a log scribe, saw, axe, adze and wood carving gouge, he loaded up the entire cabin of logs and moved them to his land near Algonquin Park, Ontario Canada.
Once on site, he spent a month reassembling the cabin on a foundation of sand and gravel. Once the log walls were up, he 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, he 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 off-grid, he used hand tools for most of the build and without power, he had no options on site regardless. The tiny house will continue to be operated with power, not even renewable energy for now, so he is heating the cabin with a woodstove fire place, which he also cooks 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.
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