Off Grid Log Cabin: Alone with my Dog in an Ice Storm

Off Grid Log Cabin: Alone with my Dog in an Ice Storm

Did I wake you up? I have a feeling you are going to sleep up on this couch aren’t you? is that what you’re planning You are going through a lot of food today Cali That’s fair. Two thirds for me one-third
for you, okay? I’m done I’m having mine you’ve been very patient. That’s a good
girl Ready for dinner are you? Don’t you be getting up there. You know
better than that. Okay not the table though. Go to your dish
please Go to your dish. That’s a lot give you too
much you almost as much as me you Do you deserve that? Do you deserve all this all? Give me five girl okay go ahead go ahead,
Yeah it’s true it’s all yours good girl
You’re welcome stay out of the way okay. It’s my
turn to eat Give it a second to cool down okay high five
good girl okay careful that’s hot All right thank you Cali. Leave it Thank you. Are we going for a
walk want your backpack on she just chose to go out and sleep
outside by her itself on the front porch and watch for squirrels. Let’s see if
I can get her to come back in Sleep inside instead? Or stay outside in the rain? Are you staying there or coming in? okay Hungry? Cali get up. Okay good girl One more time. You smell good girl double
check a good girl yeah yeah you’re right Alright one more okay. Give me five…give
me five nice warm bed in here it’s the beginning of this cabin build and I
had a lot of funny questions people being sarcastic but asking how many
slivers I got or injuries that I got during this cabin build and there was
one incident when I was lifting the ridge beams up on to the roof into
position. I was climbing up this ladder with the heavy 6×6
hemlock beam and it just shifted on me and it came down on my thigh and gave me
a bruise but I kept working. It wasn’t enough to stop me so it
wasn’t that bad but that was literally the only minor injury I’ve had in the last
nine months working on this cabin little slivers no black nails from hitting with
a hammer no ladder falls no roof falls and I think the reason for that is a
couple of reasons I think one of them is that it’s not a job so I’m able to take
my time. It’s one thing about our not being in the work force and trying to make money’s is that
you need to do things quickly that certainly not the case here I think the
other thing is that I’m just in the moment when I’m working here you listen
to the lack of noise listen to the silence outside and the fresh air I
think maybe makes a difference too I’m just able to really really focus on what
I’m doing no distractions team what I’m deep in thought okay and what when I’m
working with them right now still doesn’t just distract you from the work
itself I’m able to pay attention now I do have a cellphone here with me and I
have a first aid kit and answering other questions with safety I do have a carbon
monoxide alarm and also a fire extinguisher so that’s screws later once I get to a
hardware store yeah it’s gonna be favorable la mode here clearing the snow off and
getting trucking out more materials to finish that bench and put some shelves
and stuff in visible answer a couple of your questions since so many new people
came to the channel as a result of that viral video last week but noticed on
some of the bigger social media pages like lad Bible and NBC Good Morning
America and the dot do I live here full-time answer’s no not yet
I don’t have the place righty first of all for my wife and I and because I am
married my kids are still with us but they’re just about to move out and move
on with their lives so just just gonna be my wife and I and my dog our dog so
once the cabin rolled in his homestead is ready she and I can move up here at
least for a year and see what it’s like there’s just too many things I need to
add to make this place comfortable for a couple rather than just for myself
including a bathhouse in addition to this a house somewhere to clean
year-round just like laundry facilities somewhere to do wash clothing the
outdoor kitchen something out to cook in there all the time and we can bake bread
and stuff out here in the oven a workshop I can’t keep working inside
doing construction inside the building you need a woodshed and I need to keep
cutting wood and have that in at least a year or two ahead now before moving in
here full-time and needing to heat it full-time sauna like I said more
bathhouse storage for food is probably my biggest challenge now if I lived
alone if I was single 100% I’d be here right now this is more
than comfortable enough for me if you want to stay tuned near the end of
almost all of my videos I have a section I call myself reflections where I talk
about my feelings for the week and some habits and things that I use to live my
life in just observations on people and events
stuff like that so if you want to stick around to that for help talk about in
this episode hypocrisy and how I’m a hypocrite but just about everybody’s a
hypocrite and you need to just decide at what level we want to be and Cali don’t
knock that tripod over something yeah just in this day and age it’s hard to be
one of any one thing so even though I’m building this wilderness off-grid
homestead there’s things that I have to compromise on which leads me to another
question and that’s the roof boards and the floorboards no I did not mill those
myself I don’t have a mill and I don’t have power equipment or generator up
here to do that I have a chicken chainsaw mill that I’ve never used
before maybe that’s my compromise I start doing that that’s the one power
equipment or power process that I use to build the rest of the things up here at
the cabin so I did get these things milled locally though extremely cheaply
the rough sawn lumber not from a lumber store but it fit into my model into my
plan my plan was to build this thing as cheaply as possible I wanted to see if I
could build a place free essentially and almost live for free that’s not quite
possible I’m doing my best to accomplish that but there’s compromises at every
turn lighting for example now that’s one of the other main questions I get is at
the end of that short time lapse video and then the longer video I show me up
in the loft with lights in behind me of course that’s my wife’s touch not mine
this little twinkling lights and the in the loft in the bedroom but actually
they’re functional so I’ll turn those on at night before going to bed and that’s
enough light to get ready for bed by those are powered by little just
double-a batteries that I recharged using this goal zero solar charger I
because again this is a mix of modern and and old traditional whatever you
want to deemed traditional if you can call anything traditional and when you
call something traditional what period and you referring back to but you know I
have to run these batteries the camera run the lighting for the
camera and I need some kind of lighting even if it wasn’t for camera which would
mean either bringing it fuel or finding a place that I can collect enough
beeswax I guess to make my own candles which is not really practical I’ve never
found anything like that in fact honeybees aren’t even native to to
Canada and that would not have been a traditional method of use of lighting
anyway I digress but basically the point is that everything’s a compromise I need
power here so it means I’m probably gonna have to install a solar system
which answers another question that a lot of people have what am I going to do
for power right now I have to go back and charge my batteries back in my truck
at the roads I’ve got to hike out of here right now
plug my batteries in keep the truck on I need to bring materials up from the road
anyway so that’s going to take some time and while that’s happening the batteries
are charging but that’s just not practical I need to get a charging
station close to the cabin that I can you know charge a couple of deep-cycle
batteries full-size a car battery size and I can charge everything off of that
and then we got address the things like Wi-Fi right now it’s just cellular and
surprisingly I have cellular service here right here at the higher part of
the property if I go down even to the back of the cabin sometimes or down into
the valley certainly or on most of the property I have no cell service so
it’s expensive of course to just keep doing cellular so I need a satellite
Wi-Fi system here eventually again completely against the grain of
completely being off-grid but that’s the compromise and I’m just going I’m going
to continue doing this that I’m going to continue sharing all my experiences up
here with you guys so I need to have that Wi-Fi to be able to do that right
now most the time I have to run into town even though I’m not up here
full-time like I said my Internet’s not much better at my house so I need to run
into town to a library or a Starbucks or something like that what you get is just
so opposite of what I’m doing here it feels odd to sit there Starbucks
watching uh listen to the sounds well while I upload a video of this
tranquillity here but those again that’s the compromises that’s the hypocrisy of
the age that we live in and what I’m doing here so am i 100% off grid you
know doing something that hasn’t been done in 50 years 400 years no I would
love to do that but the practicality isn’t probably not going to because I’m
going to have to have some modern conveniences I will have to continue to
bring in batteries or you know even kerosene or lamp oil trying to reduce my
inputs as much as possible if is that dedicated very serious about reducing my
living expenses to as close to zero as possible and that was my dream twenty
six seven years ago and when I was a teenager I’m getting back to that now
and I want to try to fulfill that now that I’m almost 48 I want to be able to
get to that point in my life where I could be totally self-reliant or as
close to self-reliance as is possible in this day and age yeah and in the past
that wasn’t really possible either typically communities helped each other
there’s always barter there’s always a importing and trading I mean break down
to the spices that I use for my cooking I can’t draw those locally so they’re
traded in and they would have been for the last thousand years or more we
are in a global with globalization things are easier to get they’re cheaper
but my goal is to reduce my footprint ecologically as well live a more
sustainable lifestyle which means trying to limit the inputs or the imports I
guess from you know far off and that includes things like soybeans that are
just not growing and corn for that matter not growing organically or
sustainably and we have to import a lot of that stuff here so I’m trying to
reduce that as much as possible while also having a clean healthy diet so a
lot of compromises and a lot of contradictions and a lot of hypocrisy
that’s uh that’s the way it is that’s the channel that’s who I am so what I’m
setting out to do here is there just reduce that hypocrisy as much as
possible so if you are new to the videos this is typically the way they’re
structured that I’ll build or do no fishing or
something productive at the beginning of the video most of the time it’s silent
because I’m not a big talker I’d rather just go do my stuff in the outdoors and
and enjoy the peace and quiet and the solitude the serenity and then at the
end of the videos I tend to talk and ramble on because it’s so quiet for so
long so this is what I’m doing right now so thanks everybody for watching this
video I really appreciate it look forward to seeing up the cabin next week
take care and have a great week


  1. 🌲🌲If you thought that was cool, check out the Forest Kitchen I'm building now . 🌲🌲

  2. So ein Vollidiot. Zerhackt die Bäume , um ein paar Wochen inner Hütte zu wohnen. Und kommt sich kein bisschen dämlich dabei vor.

  3. The easiest life u can find brings many more rewards , then living in the crazy civilization we and most call super great u , have not lived till u have to survive on ur own, I know , that's exactly what I've done for the last 6 years, it's been the best learning experience one can get , raise ur food vegetables, hunt, and secure it meat, solar energy , one utility power, 40 bucks a month average , oh ya my cell phone , live on 400 a month and I've got more then the guy making a 100k , cuz I'd did just that for many years , I dont miss for anything

  4. My son now 40 just figured that out. , as I preached for the last 5 years he finally got it, and u never guess I live like I do if u saw my ass in town , I save 60 percent of my income , can u say that I'm betting not

  5. это не мужчина ,это находка ,золотые руки и трудолюбие ,завидую хорошей завистью ,жить в гармонии с природой ,какое счастье

  6. Your personally hand built cabin looks mighty impressive. How many rooms does it have and what are the dimensions? Also, how do you power all your electrical stuff like your smartphone, hairdryer, radio, or whatever if you don't have any electrical outlets?

  7. French toast with maple syrup would also be good for breakfast: bread slices, 2 eggs, splash of milk, couple dashes of cinnamon, 1 tsp of sugar, and a couple drops of vanilla. Add syrup once cooked.

  8. You are an amazing craftsman, watching you brings so many wonderful memories of watching the carpenters in my family, I feel it's a little bit of a lost art, working with the hand tools and just watching your precision with each cut…truly a work of art. And you are a wonderful pet companion to boot! Thank you for showing a newer generation the pride that can be had in hand crafting!

  9. Hey there from a remote valley in nz , Thank you for the gentleness with which you display your life , I really enjoyed the calm , , I wouldn't be buying into the whole global footprint mantra too much , you've moved through life with wisdom and humility and your choices create in you a servant heart , doesn't get much better than that , global footprint is a fabricated jargon , it fits some other otherness , and people respond to it in fear or guilt , just feeds something that takes away the peace , live ,and let it be , others may follow in time , it's peaceful here in my valley , food n water is free , working toward solar or wind , WE don't buy into the fear mongering, and so remain still and creatively aware , Being grateful and sharing in kindness ,like you I think , equals service and satisfaction , my valley is green , with waterfalls and birdlife , , beautiful fern flats , thanks again for your kind work , love your kind dog , ani angela nz messenger AROHA NUI Endsoftheearth

  10. This would get real old after about two days. I'd be bored out of my fucking mind. Not to mention no running water and shitting outdoors…man, that's livin'!

  11. Hmmm, it’s called camping🤔 In the PNW it’s common for people to go outdoors all the time and even stay for weeks, months in the wilderness.

  12. I simply cannot tell you how much my wife and I enjoyed this video. Very nice filiming and editing. Thnak you for the obvious enourmous amount of energy you put into this.

  13. It all looks so serene, beautiful, peaceful….nice for awhile…a nice short getaway…but not something most people would want permanently. We love our conveniences too much to bog down our time with just trying to stay alive. Everyone couldn't live that way. There are too many people in the world to accommodate horse and buggy days.

  14. No-one looking for an off grid wilderness lifestyle nowadays could avoid a good dose of hypocrisy; it’s just not possible. But that’s not the point. The main goal is to live a meaningful life, and experience the liberating pleasures of a peaceful and leisurely solitude, as close to the unspoiled nature as possible. The appreciation of a breath of fresh air, a pointer that brings life to a sharper focus.

  15. Hello, like your work and I bet you do not miss the lack of technology with the piece of mind you have their. Do you mill your own lumber that you build with there?

  16. I just found this Youtube series today. By the way, has anyone commented that, especially, with the hat on, he sounds and looks a lot like Kevin Costner. I can't wait to watch all of the videos from the beginning. I see he has a gun for hunting. I guess that would answer my first question about does he have a gun for protection against bears and other wildlife and maybe strangers up to no good.

  17. how ironic that he is alone living off grid in the wilderness, but records a video for youtube using technology for other technology ….lol

  18. Living OTG, but apparently not completely off. Enough electricity for videoing, editing, post production and posting right? Merchandising also, right. Nice hustle you got going. Better than the asmr phonies.

  19. This dude is living my dream. I used to build decks for a living (though this man does have more carpentry skills than I) and I think I could handle this lifestyle. Now, if I could just talk my wife into it everything would be great.

  20. Solar system a must w solar generator. You can get a solar router for WiFi power through your cell carrier. Awesome video.

  21. If humans were not pressured by making money fast at their jobs I think we'd be a lot happier…. but sadly the corporate world doesn't allow that… we live meaningless lives day in day out. Cogs in the machine.

  22. Watching you build that couch, dog bed was very educational and yet you said nothing. A lot can be learned from watching a master of their craft just do their thing. Great all around video.

  23. So nice to watch this. I love everything about the video. The dog is the best ha ha ha… Greetings from Brazil.

  24. You can really sense from this video just how long we've had our relationship with dogs. Quite amazing actually. Just something I thought of as I watched. Beautiful, deep. She's sure is a sweetheart and what a cutie. haha.
    The silence, simple sounds and few words of this video shared are the useful and good side of the double edge sword of our technologies. Man, that loft sure is nice. Chills me out just thinking about it. I can just imagine the beautiful sounds, wind, rain, animals as one drifts off to sleep quietly reflecting and watching ones thoughts that become very still and clear and then… off…zzzzzzzzz.

    Cheers from Alberta.

  25. Ah what the hell I am old enough to remember people that lived in log, or more accurately slab cabins, in Australia, they didn't go without things like phones because they wanted to, they had no choice. True two men can pit saw planks but you aren't two men. On another matter have you considered pressure Kerosene lamps, They are more efficient that the storm lamps and give a far better light, I used to go camping a lot with my Dad and he always had a "Tilly" a British brand that was very reliable. They also generate a usable amount of heat. Oh and if they fall they go out. Enjoyed your winter series, quiet strange to an Aussie, 🙂

  26. chapeou , i put my hole live in work , but not in “living as u do“ ….this was my dream….a blockhouse…a dog , as my friend and hole holy nature…water , fishing….nature….. u take it…im not….chapeou…simple as possible ..thanks for your videos

  27. No bitch is going to live there unless she was raised in that environment. No away no how. Divorce is in your future I think.

  28. What if you get hurt out there by your self? Yea living off the grid is a very strong attribute but not by yourself. It's dangerous. For many reasons.

  29. I cut wood in my compartment also.. Us single men can do that and live happy.

    No dog though. I'm not picking up dog poop twice a day.
    I have doctorate in Ethology.. If you do it once they expect you to do it again…

  30. Smart and practical man. I like the idea of living in a cabin but not off the grid. I enjoyed listening to you talk and love your dog.

  31. kind of sad life, people are trying to come up with the next medicine to safe life or trying to go to space to save the human generation and this man is just sitting in no where land and doing nothing important, wow.

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