Build a Log Cabin with Fence Posts In My Backyard

Build a Log Cabin with Fence Posts In My Backyard


in the pond kelly Okay, thanks for fast-forwarding or thanks for watching that video So what you’re going to notice of what you have noticed is that I’m in my backyard building this log cabin Which is pretty unusual? [I’m] in a suburban neighborhood in Central Ontario [and] I had to do something a little bit differently, so if you’ve been following along You know you’ve know that I cut down about 60 trees at my friend’s property And they’re all cedar well some cedar and but 90% of them were were white spruce very [knotty] Sapp was running through the very heavy and they were green of course they cut them down live so I Started a foundation out of out of cedar logs on that property and then I kind of left it to go up to start building a cabin up north that had my own property a property that belongs to my wife and I Then of course once I got up there [start] cutting some Balsam fir down [a] friend I met on Facebook really great guy and his wife terry Jr And Ashely they gave me permission to come and thin out a bush forest on their property that they [wanted] Just thinned out clear cleared out a little bit so I had access to fantastic trees, so I got [forgive] [me] trees. I cut down Maybe 25 trees you’ll see that you saw that in the video the size of those are some white pine. There was red pine and Pine or scots pine and I got like 900 feet of logs out of there But you saw they were big diameter so two problems with that very very heavy I’m having a really hard time Manhandling those and as you know I’m not using power equipment for this for this build on [their] property I actually used a chainsaw, cut those trees down I loaded up on a rented trailer And I hauled those to the to my property drop them on the driveway And now I’m struggling to get them back to the site, but biggest problem with them. Is that they’re green Got a storm coming, and I think so excuse the wind So when I built that Cabin 25 years ago I had my 5 and 1/2 acres And I only had access to the trees that I had there. I didn’t have time to dry them. They were mostly like black ash bass wood and Maple Not ideal building materials, but anyway I built the thing it lasted So I’m not complaining about what I did then but the notching pattern I use and they and the green logs that I use Cause some of that cabin day-shift space It’s [opened] up a little bit more room for the logs to rot some of the logs plotted especially on the end that the notches Over the last 25 years so I want to do this one right, so I’ve been [doing] a lot of research on Cabins have been Online my wife’s been online looking for inspiration for log cabin designs. It’s got some great ideas We’ve got some things we’re going to incorporate into this one still dedicated to building this thing entirely by hand at all and by myself The the one at my property and at the one at my friend’s property so I’ve got over 20 acres of land that’s Our own that would be suitable for building multiple cabins So that’s the plan and I’m going to get this first one built then I can move on to these other ones, but point being Long-Winded explanation to get to this point the green logs that have been cutting down or the live trees that I cut down I’ve Really really been uncomfortable with the decision to build this year with those those logs without letting them see them shrink check and Warp club to where they’re going to end up so struggled with this decision for a while, but As I was explaining this to some of my family members a close family member said She’s got up to I think it’s about a hundred logs And I’ll show you these a hundred cedar logs that we’re going to be four high fencing So they’re essentially fence posts So the 12-foot cedar fence posts minimum diameter is about six inches they go up to Some of them are the butt ends or like 10 inches but I would say an average of say seven and a half inch logs, so They’re actually fairly straight. I’m pretty happy with them. You know a lot of the lot of the time so far has been used up cutting those trees down shaping the logs and getting those logs prepped for log cabin building, so that’s de-barking that’s Lemming. It’s really really time-consuming. So these cedar posts. They came about half of them came Debarked so they’re run through a mill the barking machine that spirals them and take the bark and the high points off like the knot, so You’ll see this spiral Pattern in the logs that I’m building on In my backyard right now on the cabin that I’m building the backyard McNown So I really don’t like the look of that of course It’s sort of against the principle of building this [thing] by hand, but on the other hand these logs are seasoned They’ve been cut at least a year I think they’ve been stored at her place for at least a year And they’re probably cut a year or two before that so they’re well seasoned like I said I just don’t like the appearance of them, so I am going to plane them smooth make them into a nice smooth log and I also have to do that anyway at the joints because I can’t get a nice, neat Scribe on that notch until I do that, so So that’s the plan so again Maybe a considered cheating But I have to do what I have to do because I really want to get this this Cabin specially the first cabin on the property underway and completed this summer So the only way that’s going to happen if I use these season logs. They’re all cut to [12] foot lengths, so It’s determined the predetermine the size of the cabin. [I] do have a splice in the middle my wife Especially was really not comfortable with me building just a 10 by 10 cabin So what I’ve done is I ended up notching Just six inches or nine inches over over overhang in the corners, and that left me with exactly ten feet inside that dimension inside measurement Side to side and then extended it double that length So the Cabin is actually 20 feet [long], so it’s 10 by 20 I have enough logs to go up at least [eight] feet on the walls And then I’m going to do the the gable ends will be actually full logs instead. I don’t like the look of And I don’t want to do the work of Sawing hand sawing boards out of all the logs to make sort of a stick frame Gable [end] so I’m going to bring logs all the way up kind of like a Dick Proenneke style cabin but I’m going to have a higher peak on it so that I can put a loft upstairs so That’s why you’re seeing me and you’re hearing is road noise. As you’re hearing right [now] I’m in my backyard like I said in the suburban small town like the village but this traffic, especially today with an East wind with a system coming in so you’ll see grass behind me as well that’s my back lawn, and then Callie’s running around of course helping me of stripping a bark off of off of a log, so So here. I am that’s the explanation. Why you’re seeing some odd Marks on the logs, that’s why you’re seeing me work in sort of an urban [environment] But [I] am building this cabin up the plan very soon. I’ll be Disassembling this thing I’m going to get it a little bit more up Going to get the cabin a little bit more than half built and then I’m going to disassemble it and bring it up So that’s the plan that’s the explanation Appreciate everybody’s sticking around and being patient with me again. I always say that I think in every video, but it’s true I’ve got a lot of things on a lot of things on the go I’ve got a big canoe trip that I’m doing a couple of weeks of canoeing and fishing in the boreal [forests] I know people that are here for more of the Self-Reliance [and] the tiny home move and the cabin and so on are probably not interested in that but to me self-reliance also includes you know acquiring food from the from nature and connecting with Nature and You know a [self-propelled] watercraft to me is like the [ultimate] form of self reliance So that’s why I’m doing [all] these all these side trips as well while I’m in the middle of this So still on the same agenda So if you came for the log cabins, and you’re getting a little bit impatient [please] be patient lots more coming up once I get back from this trip So sometime in july. I’ll be dedicating all my time to the properties of getting the Cabin built getting some workshops underway and just creating that whole camp atmosphere up there or the homestead atmosphere at the property so I’m really looking forward to that and I’m getting some criticism various criticisms. I’ll dress [it] on in another video We’ll be interested [to] do a sort of a question and answer video and address some questions concerns and criticisms For one point. I do want [to] make is anybody who thinks I’m taking [a] little bit too much I in the truck today, and I again heard listen to [a] country song called a time by Dean Brody and Says problem is you think [you] have time? And that’s really the truth, so when I get up in the morning I really want to get to work. I want to we have 47 now I don’t want to be 60 and say I wish when I was 47 when I was young that [that’s] I had done some something more with my [life]. So here I am trying to get as much done in a day and as much done in a week month in a year as I can and You know that means taking on a lot, so I don’t regret that one minute people think I’m going to burn out I hope I burn out doing this. I don’t just stayed away I want to live my life to the fullest and I want to burn out at the end of my life I want to say I’d lived it right to the bitter end and and got a lot of accomplished and I was very proud and and had a good time, so So that’s a little bit of explanation what I’ve been up to so Hope you hope you enjoyed that, [and] I hope you stick around if you have any questions again Please comment check us out on my wife and I on Facebook and instagram she helps me with a lot of photographs does all the takes a lot of photographs and does all the video for Photograph processing I do all the filming 99% of filming and all the film processing so By film processing I mean video So check us out there, and if you haven’t subscribed that would be great. I’m Enjoying watching the numbers go up to summer of subscribers go up and kind of motivated me to keep going So if you are interested in watching more if you wouldn’t mind subscribing, I’d really appreciate that So that’s it. I’m going to wrap that up and like I said, thanks again for watching I’ll see you in the next video

100 thoughts on “Build a Log Cabin with Fence Posts In My Backyard

  1. Bonjour Monsieur,
    J'admire votre travail mais, ce travail est t'il réalisé le week-end ou tous les jours de la semaine ? Car, moi je rénove une maison les week-ends et je suis bien en dessous de votre performance. En tout cas bravo pour vos idées de génie, votre travail en solo est spectaculaire !

  2. hey man, idk if you read your comments but i just found you about an hour ago and instantly subscribed. Love what your doing and am very inspired to do my own log cabin when i have the time and money to invest. Please keep doing your videos.

  3. I like how the things you build are so aesthetic and non-intrusive on nature. They stand out but in more in a more pleasant and Faustian way that isn't garish but really quite beautiful.

  4. Что братишка,ищеш комментарий на русском,а английский нихрена не знаешь?

  5. I just came across this set of videos today. I've been watching non-stop for four hours. You have done a great job. I love Cali!!

  6. Gerne lasse ich dir ein Abo zur Unterstützung für dein weiteres Projekt da. Danke dir für deine Inspiration, deinen Mut, deine Ausdauer, und deinen persönlichen Weg. Du bist ein ganz besonderer Mensch. Nur sehr wenige Menschen haben diese Power und diesen Mut das so durchzuziehen so wie du es machst. Du/Ihr bist am richtige Weg. Egal was andere sagen, Das ist nur der pure Neid die aus solchen Menschen spricht. Denen ist es am besten keine Energie zu schenken. Sie sind mit sich selbst bestraft genug. Ich werde deinen Kanal in meinem Netzwerk teilen, um Euch weiter zu unterstützen. Liebe Grüße aus Österreich

  7. Enjoy every video and try to learn something from each one! Very inspirational and like you say the outdoors are very good for your mental and physical health! Thank goodness for awesome people like you Shawn!

  8. Acho lindo poder construir uma casa assim,mas aqui no Brasil se eu tiver um lugar com árvores vou ter que morar nas árvores pois é muito burocrático pra se cortar um imagine várias pra se fazer uma casa

  9. I’ve watched most of your videos and you sir are a SAVAGE!!! Building without power tools, just because you can… that’s awesome!!! Keep killing it! Love the series. It’s funny I’ve pretty much watched your videos from last to first, I gotta say your filming and editing skills are also superb! 👌🏽

  10. I just wanna tell you that I think it's awesome that you are "taking on too much" … There's nothing wrong with chasing your passion!! Kudos to you!! Keep pushing forward and let the critism pass you by and into the rearview mirror!! I love what you're doing and thank you for sharing your knowledge and learnings!

  11. Great video. I totally get that you have the skills to do this without modern power tools. But you could make things sooooo much easier, and exponentially faster, by using them. Either way, I wish I had your skill set!

  12. I'm 63 wishin I would have been more like you Shawn…I'm pretty sure you're doing it right. I am building on to my cabin in the woods now for my retirement in August. Plan on spending my retirement years modeling your lifestyle. God Bless you my friend. I'm glad I found you & you've been a great influence in my life.

  13. Me and my frend that we grew up together 1st grade on built a cabin we lived for 10yrs after a rough winter we lived good we went to work. And went to the store got food. Cooked. Ate like kings

  14. Great workmanship sir forget the critics everyone has opinions. Do it your way sir. Blessings to you and your wife and lab. Cool videos great property such wonderful nature!

  15. just a point re the dog and her bone, cannon bones can be dangerous, they can get stuck over the bottom jaw.

  16. I could buy a forest here and not be allowed to live in it as our planning depts are narrow minded and unknowledeable.

  17. You want to stay active and be doing in the future what you are doing now but perhaps slower but never stop as if you do your muscle mass drops and you find you end up being able to do less and less. I am trying to build a rock wall but cannot find anyone to help because two years ago I lifted them in myself, now I cant lift most of them as my muscle mass has dimished.
    There is a Facebook Historic Timber group you may be interested in as it covers a wide array or woodworking and some may well be of interest to you. I sent you an invite, if you want to join it. Some of the things you do could well be of interest to them as they cover the whole world.

  18. I am 68 and now feeling the effects of aging. You are smart in being able to do it while you are younger. I helped a friend build a cabin, and built my scribe from materials I had laying around, using his as a pattern.

  19. I enjoy your series, have a half section of my own and wanted to build, but the municipality took it over, and are gouging every cent they can get out of the residents. One thing I would really like to know- what are your essential tools? Good luck.

  20. Great video thanks. I'm not sure where your backyard is, but I have some land where the beavers rebuilt they're dam so I have cleaning up around the trail. I've already swallowed a few black flies and this morning the mosquitoes started. I think it is a very smart way to build the way you are (or have). Call me lazy but I just turned 63 so I'm going to have a Airstream airlifted in stead of a cabin. Just kidding. oh yeah, I have 49 acres in Muskoka ( the land is much cheaper with beaver dams than lakefront)

  21. Good for you! BRAVO! Both of you and dear little Cali. Do what you want when you want as long as it feels good!

  22. I work day after day to support my family of five.. Grinding nonstop.. I would love to do these kind of projects but gotta make money.

  23. Ignore all negative utterances..
    That's exactly what they are… They aren't important. Totally ignore them and carry on with what you are doing. You are an absolute legend… Do your thing. I'm like two years late here. No idea why it took me so long to find your channel!

  24. i understand your affinity to nature. i live in an area of abundant and diverse life. plant and animal both. i love it, but it has also made me sensitive to environmental changes that most people don't even notice

  25. Just subscribed I'm a very active 72yr male I like to stay busy but you had me breathless sort of with your plans…good luck I will be checking in

  26. DONT WORRY ABOUT CRITICISM, ITS A WASTE OF TIME
    Stay on your path and do what you feel you need to do, dont worry about everyone else
    I love your videos and think you are all amazing, so thank you
    i wish i could do what your doing, maybe one day i will..

  27. Не Рубите деревья просто так, это должно быть только необходимостью, не для показа.

  28. All the things you've done are impressive, but I wish you were more upfront in the timelapse videos of this type of stuff. The two years alone video makes it seem like you were out there by yourself with your dog for two years, when it wasn't self reliance as you advertised it.

  29. I noticed so many viewers but so few likes. One thing that might be happening is a lot of folks might be viewing on you tube live stream via Roku. It lets you view but not comment or anything. No buttons only fwd and reverse and next video, previous video. I remember you saying you wished more folks would simply give the thumbs up for watching. So I go off my arse and went back and am giving those thumbs up on all the ones I've seen so far on my PC.

  30. This mofo made it look like the video will show of him making the house.
    Didn't say he will show he's ugly face n chat shit all along.

  31. I was with you up until the ( excuse the wind ) remark ,,,how in the absolute BLUE HELL ! do you " purpose to " ,,, excuse the wind ???? 🤣 Holy shit dude that's about as fuckin stupid as saying ,well excuse the sun for shining today ! It just HAD to show up today ,. ROLL FUCKIN TIDE FROM ALABAMA

  32. YOU'RE A WINNER SHOWED TO ALL THAT WHEN YOU WANT A GOAL IS JUST GOING BEYOND. SHOW THAT WE ARE ABLE.

    AND YOU SHOWED THE WORLD THAT WE MUST PERSIST ON THE OBJECTIVES WE HAVE ACHIEVED.

    Congratulations JAMES!

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