Building a Tiny Wood Cabin with Hand Tools.

TeeDee

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Brian Alsruhe is an American Strongman competitor I follow - recently its come out that he is also a Bushcrafter.

The following is his video.

 
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TeeDee

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Notice how easily he could have been badly injured or killed if he really was working alone.

Maybe. But he wasn't .

I'm sure he took the same risks as any previous frontiersman ( or woman ) took and many of the same risks a lot of us take when we take sharp knifes and axes into remote ( ish - difficult in the UK ) and use them with forceful intent.

But death stalks us all regardless of how safe we think we are.
 

Robson Valley

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Standing close by as the tree fell = widow makers.
Slipping and falling on the wet creek stone.
A broken leg or a cracked skull would slow the project down.

Just things that are not commonly done by old hands in the forest.
 

Mesquite

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I'm liking the very honest and openly novice approach he is taking with this - warts and all - successes and failures.

That's what I'm enjoying as well.

Makes a refreshing change to see someone say they don't know what they're doing and I'm learning as I go along
 
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Paulm

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I found it hard not to wince when he was using the drawknife and getting so close to his main arteries, and the handling of the axes he was showing where I was pleasantly surprised he didn't slice his hand or fingers open :( That aside, it was interesting to watch and in fairness to the bloke no claret was actually spilt, nor limbs severed, although I haven't watched episode three yet so there's still time !!!
 

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There is, now, a very popular man in Canada who built his own cabin from the trees on his land using hand tools. He has subsequently built other structures, from outdoor kitchen to sauna.
Shawn James, whose site is My Self Reliance.
I first saw his videos when he was still mostly posting his canoe trips and had only a few thousand subscibers.
Later, when he was still building the cabin walls, I found it really interesting to see how one man using only hand tools could build such a really sound and comfortable structure.
Now he has over a million subscribers, but he still posts bushcraft videos among his building projects.