Man Builds Epic Off-Grid Log Cabin to Escape the Stress of City Life
By Natural Blaze
Shawn James couldn’t take it anymore. A normal job in the city wasn’t for him. One day he quit working, cashed in his savings, and headed to the Canadian wilderness to become self-reliant. First, he needed a place to live. With nothing more than hand tools, Mr. James built an epic off-grid log cabin.
James retired from work at 44 years old. He paid off his debt and sold his home in the city. Now he’s living the dream! A wilderness lifestyle!
Now James makes an income from documenting his off-grid adventure on YouTube.
His Golden Retriever “Cali” keeps him from getting lonely in the forest.
It’s amazing what one man can build with basic hand tools.
Here’s a look at the inside of the log cabin.
There is no wasted space. Even the side of the cabin acts as a tool shed.
Mr. James added an outdoor kitchen complete with a clay mud oven for baking. He used it to cook a turkey to perfection.
Watch the short video below to see how Shawn built the log cabin with hand tools.
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From the first tree cut to the top of the log cabin walls. I like to be organized and plan things in advance, but this cabin build was so organic that I couldn't plan ahead, instead changing directions repeatedly. Looking back at the year on video, I remember every minute of the build and the challenges I had to overcome each and every day. Several times, I had no idea where I would find the materials, the tools or the time, but the answer was always there somewhere.
Watch the full time lapse video of the cabin built from scratch below.