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(metal scraping) (tools and metal doors thudding) (metal clanging) (wood thumping against floor) (wood thumping against floor) (metal scraping and clanging) (tool scraping against metal) (plastic rustling) (broom scraping against floor) (plastic bin thudding and rattling) (rain pattering) – You can really hear
that wind picking up. It was almost calm and
I could hear a noise way off to the west, here. And that’s the thunderstorm blowing in. It’s really humid again today. It’s only about 20
degrees celsius right now, it’s supposed to go up closer to 30, getting closer to 40 when
you factor in the humidity. Yeah, here it comes. So it’s probably gonna get
this severe thunderstorm. We don’t really need it anymore. We’ve got enough rain for,
in the last couple of weeks. (pounding raindrops) Cali, come on in, pup! Come here, come here! Do you like the rain? (pounding raindrops) What are you doing there? (tool scraping against plastic) (rocks scraping and thudding) (raindrops pattering) (rocks thumping and scraping) (tools scraping) (hammer thumping and clanging on metal) (tool scraping) (water splashing) (sponge scratching) I want to thank everybody
for the amazing response you gave me on that last
video, last Friday’s, the one where I got hurt,
where I cut my finger. Just looking at the stats right now and, what time is it,
12:30 on Monday afternoon, posted that video on Friday. So there’s 162,000 views on the video, which is probably a
little bit below average, but 1901 comments and 23,000 thumbs up. I just…I’m overwhelmed by the response and what you guys were able to do for me by interacting with that video. And just really, really overwhelmed and I really, really appreciate it. That’s incredible. Like the previous one, for example, you know, you got, Why
a Cedar Shingle Roof, like i see how the pavilion roof from the previous Friday
has 180,000 views, 821 comments and 8400, 8430 thumbs up. So compared to 23,000 thumbs
up on that last video. So that helps me because
it encourages YouTube to share that video with more people. Excuse me a little bit. So it encourages YouTube to share that video with more people because they assume you
guys like it that much. I’m hoping you did. I hope you didn’t just hit the thumbs up because I asked you to. I hope you did actually enjoy that video. And like I said, I
really, really appreciate that you were able to thumbs
up and a few of you subscribed who said you’d never
subscribed to a channel before, or you just didn’t feel
compelled to in this case. So, like I said, I just feel overwhelmed and I really appreciate it. You know, when I got up this morning, I had a hard time getting out
of bed and getting to work because, I don’t know, it’s
just a couple of hot days, it’s been brutally hot this
summer, it’s the end of August, and temperature outside today is plus, over 30 degrees celsius, which is over 90, and with the humidity, it feels like 41 degrees out today. And it was not much better yesterday. So I cut all those logs,
or those butt ends pieces for the floor of the kitchen. And I just got so tired,
so exhausted from the heat by the end of the day that
I didn’t do much last night. So I’m having a bit of a hard time with motivation right now. I think it’s just the seasonal thing. It’s working on one project for too long. I’m just a restless kind of guy. I’d like to get out and explore, I haven’t done as much of that this year. My wife and I have not
got out much on the water together with my daughters, or, and I haven’t done any
solo trips on my own. So I’m a little bit restless, so hard time getting motivated. But things like that, things like the response that you’re giving me really encourages me to keep
going and keep, you know, get up and do something
productive every day. But the fact is that I do feel some responsibility to you guys. I feel like, that if I don’t do something interesting with
my life, I don’t film it, you don’t get to watch it on Friday and you don’t get to be
entertained or learn something, which I hope I’m doing
one of those two things. So sometimes, yeah, it
is hard to get motivated, but I have to tell myself to get up, create some content for you guys, but also continue to develop this place into a habitable, comfortable
home, especially for family. I’ve said it many times, I
could easily live like this, just with what’s already
been here, on my own. But the reality is, over time, I think I’d probably get
a little bit bored with it or feel like I’m missing
some of those comforts. So this solar system that I’ve got with the lights behind you here is one of those things I’m
starting to appreciate. So now I’m thinking, okay,
what little things can I add, electrical-wise, to power
stuff can I add here to make my wife more
comfortable, at least. And mine, because the more
comfortable I get this place, the more she’s gonna want
to spend time here with me instead of me being here
alone a lot of the time. So motivation, it comes in many forms. And it takes some effort to
maybe find what motivates you. To me, right now, motivated
by you, my family, but also the season coming to an end. So I love the transitions, I like, I get a little bit bored
with the hot summer and then I look forward to fall. When fall arrives, the cool
weather, the beautiful scenery, I get motivated to get
things done around here, especially now that winter’s coming. So getting all the firewood stacked up in a neat pile, kind of near the cabin, finishing off the kitchen completely so that I can cook in it, and
be sheltered from the snow, and get that next building started before the ground freezes. So I wanna get that foundation
in and the walls, at least, and then I can probably tarp the roof so that I can work inside all winter. So yeah, just tired this morning
and needed some motivation. So my wife gave me some
good advice this morning and you guys got me
motivated by the response that you gave me on that last
video, so thank you for that. So I’m having a fun time
doing something different. So with this heat outside, I didn’t feel like working in the bush, cutting at logs or trees or anything or working on the
kitchen, so working inside and attempting this stonework, which is coming out much better
than the kitchen stonework, at least, so I’m happy with that. Anyway, gonna finish up
lunch and get back to work. Thanks. (water splashing) (sponge scraping against stone) (tools pounding) So, I’m regretting doing
something different on this wall, including using mortar
instead of the clay and sand that I used on the other walls. That stuff is a lot more flexible, it seems, it’s not cracking. This is way too thick and it
wasn’t sponged when it was done so it’s pretty rough, so now I need to straighten out the lines
by chiseling it straight. And then when I do that, I
might have to clean the logs, might even have to sand them a little bit. So I don’t know, I’ve
created more work for myself. But I want this interior, especially, I don’t care too much about
the full exterior look, but in here I’d like it to look a little bit neater, cleaner. And then when I end up staining
or clear coating the logs, if I ever do, then that mortar
will stand out even more. So I want it to look as good as possible. And I want to finish this wall right now so that I can get the coat hooks back up so I can hang my clothes
instead of having them lying all over the loft up there. I think the right thing to do here, and I’m no stone mason, as you know, but I think, intuitively,
I’m thinking that I should stop at this point and
finish this tomorrow. Let this mortar set up
and, well, mostly that, let it set up so that
it doesn’t keep settling and all the water drain out of it. I’m just thinking that with all the weight of all these stones as I
get higher, compressing, it’s probably forcing
some of the mortar out and weakening the joints, I think. Tell me if I’m wrong, but
that’s what I’m going to do. I’ll stop at this point and
then tomorrow morning I will mix up another match of
mortar and get it finished. I can’t, well, I could, I guess, but I’m too nervous if I bring
this wall up full height. I just think it’s going
to be too much weight bearing down on this
gravel and flagstone pad that the stove was sitting on. And I have some nails
every foot or so going back like long spikes back into the wood wall. I’m afraid that all this weight located in one spot in the cabin is going to cause everything to sag. So I don’t wanna go up too
high and add that much weight. So I’m going to bring it up
sort of up to mantle height, maybe somewhere in here. I want to be able to
see it above the stove, so maybe to here, and
then from there to the top I’ll fill it in with a piece of some kind of decorative metal. Still gonna need that, the
reflector to stop the heat from the stove and the
pipe from burning the wall. So I need something there with an air gap. So I’m gonna bring the stone up to here, put a piece of metal, I think,
well, I know that’ll be safe. But I hope it looks good too. (broom scraping against floor) (tape measure rattling) (dog panting) (saw rasping against wood) (hammer pounding) Thanks for watching that video. I’m gonna wrap it up right now. I’m starting to feel the
pressure of winter coming on. I think what I’ll do is just work a little bit longer each day, try to get some of
these things wrapped up. So I’ll make short videos
and I’ll upload those a few times a week, so two,
three, four times a week, something like that, instead
of the long Friday video. So if you’re watching this on Friday, make sure you go back and see if there’s any videos you
missed during the week or tune in in the next
two or three or four days between now and next Friday. I’ll probably do this
schedule for maybe the fall until things slow down
again in the winter. Just, like I said, so that I
can get lots of things done around the cabin here. So I’m gonna go make dinner right now, but nothing interesting, I’m just grabbing some
stuff off the shelves and I’ll make some bean or rice
soup or something like that. Tomorrow I’ve got some
nice duck breast, though, so I’m gonna make those,
grill them on the barbecue, and make a blueberry sauce
or something to go with them, and some wild rice. So tomorrow after breakfast
I’ll get started right away on the hearth, the stone
back-splash behind the wood stove so that it has time to
dry before I get the stove put back together and back into place. I’ll clean that chimney, as well. So that’ll be in the next video,
me finishing that wall off, cleaning the wood stove,
cleaning the chimney out, putting it back together,
getting it in place. So lots and lots of
stuff going on this fall. And hopefully I get
enough done and prepared so that I can work inside one
of the buildings all winter. So thanks for watching that. I really appreciate it and
look forward to seeing you up at the cabin next time. Take care. (upbeat music)

100 Comments

  • Operation Z Project*cxv

    What's up with the Bigfoot that is out there in onterio woods? My wife and I are looking for property and I myself am wrestlesss and always have to be active. If a day goes by I hadn't done anything ,I feel in accomplished

  • Operation Z Project*cxv

    Chip the morter out of the joins where the stone is going to create a suction when you build the wall up. Also use more flat creek rocks like the floor and planks to hold them in pla

  • leah rose

    one nice benefit of recording all of this is that if you ever take something apart and forget how to exactly put it back together, you can just refer back to your videos.

  • Bryan C

    Wait a minute, these are out of order. S2e14 is from 6 months ago and this one, s2e15 is from 3 months ago. Am I missing videos?

  • Turin Music

    did anyone else yell at their screen when he was prying out that glass with a screw driver?… he broke the glass! duddddeeeee

  • Lisa White

    My aunt got me hooked on your videos. Every night after dinner my husband and I tune in to your progress and I have to say you’re pretty amazing. You are so articulate and love your work. Hello to Cali!

  • Conchi REYES

    Hi.I need to know if it is possible to access the videos with subtitles in Spanish, since I am a great Spanish fan but I do not understand English.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Bill diehl-jones

    Hello from beautiful Riding Mountain National Park. I too have a log cabin; although I am not the builder, I have been working for the last 5 years on restoring and repairing it. Log homes are truly a labor of love. I am really enjoying your videos. I have learned lots, and I am inspired by your dedication and ingenuity. Thanks so much for sharing! Take care, Shawn – and Merry Christmas from Manitoba.

  • Kate Brown

    It's 12/24/18 . I just found your channel. I have watched many of your video's and plan on watching all of them. Thanks for posting and sharing your world with all of us. Merry Christmas to all. Heat is something I know to well. It's Christmas Eve and it's going to be in the high 70's F. It's blistering hot in the summer here. So hot even with Ac your still sweating. The temp doesn't drop below 90* F until mid November. Last year it snowed the first week of December, this year it's a very warm year.

  • Drew

    Dec 24, 2018 (after a couple of king cans):

    No God rap here, Shawn. Pleasure shared is pleasure doubled. I mean you wouldn't want to end up living there by your lonesome, would you? All we are is all that love brings. Happy Winter Solstice, etc., etc..

    P.S. I like to spar varnish everything, but it may be too shiny for you.

  • Schnitzel Schnizel

    How do you make cement? How do you make the mortar? Your dog Kali could use Palmolive dishwashing liquid to take care of the fleas she has. She was scratching their on the video. I would not have believed this myself if I had not witnessed the effects that they have on fleas at Wesson Animal Clinic, PC where I used to work as a Veterinary Assistant/Veterinary Technician from 2006 to 2008. It works. I highly recommend it. It works for us humans, too. Once they leave the dogs body they have to go somewhere and us is their target. You all are really not hurting financially. I just lost my job recently myself for about the 12 to 14th time? The Christmas video was quite boring, but it did have nice music. Though watching the fire made me think about the Burning Lake Of Sulfur and the 2nd death. You have long pants in 90 degree heat. You need to have air conditioning. You have never had heat strokes before have you? I have.

  • Greg Brooks

    How long did you let the cement set before you started to trial out the unwanted cement.Also wanted to know what type of cement you used.

  • Greg Brooks

    I built a cultured stone wall behind my wood stove Vermont Casting Defiant.  I bought another house and want to build a natural stone wall like you did.  However, I want to do it like I did my last wall.  What I did was screwed pieces of 1" square tubes to the studs in my wall and then screwed concrete board to the metal tubes and then screwed wire mesh to the concrete board.  I left a 1" gap at the top and bottom  of the wall so that any heat that would get trapped behind the rock could circulate out at the top and bottom.  The only problem is getting the first row of natural rocks started since they are off the ground by 1"   If you have any ideas I would greatly appreciate it.

  • Think and change the way you think

    Thanks for you videos , I enjoy watching you at work and I feel be in peace like if I am realy there.

  • Neptune Solo

    the video before this was in may and there were no kitchen and so greenery … where are the videos for all of that………..

  • Gavin Woodruff

    The fireplace is amazing I also like to woodworking I tried to build a log cabin too and it worked out good but not as good as yours! But it is 8ft by 8ft! By the way your cabin is awesome and so neat and clean! I really enjoy all of your videos!

  • Texas Veteran

    As a Iraq vet with severe PTSD I find great peace in you're videos and live vicariously through you. Thank you for your amazing work Shawn.

  • Greg Brooks

    Shawn,  Did you make a video on making your flagstone pad for under your stove.  I have a Vermont Casting Defiant wood stove that I am relocating and would like to put a flagstone hearth under it.    Wood heat the best heat in the world.

  • Vee Friend

    Your videos are truly inspirational to me. I'm now in my 70's and have moved to the interior of B.C. into a little cottage on a half acre. So many ideas on your channels. So many projects and labours of love to plan for. Thank you so much.

  • alison webster

    your life is mesmerising…impressive self determination…love Cali and do spend time with the family ,life is like an express train as you get older and the stations arrive quicker…Have a day off and enjoy the peace Work will still be there tomorrow.

  • Jose Taboada

    Mr shawn, i watched all your previous videos, but this is the first time i've comment. How about you try to plan micro hydro to power ur house you have plenty of spring beside your property, give a try sir.. God bless u and ur family.

    Try finding hydrohead channel on youtube he is somewhere in colorado, u might get some ideas there. Still watching ur inspirational videos.

  • Edgar Herrera

    Love your show.
    I had to stop watching season 2 on this episode and binge watch the entire forest kitchen series, and then pick back up here again so I can feel I was following the correct time line. (All because I saw a glimpse of the outdoor kitchen when you opened the door.) Anyways, big fan. Keep up the good work.

  • SALAM ALSHAMMARI

    People are having fun every night going outside but I do have fun watching your videos every night. Thx for your videos .

  • kabarsedge

    Watching this on the season 2 playlist and between this episode and the previous one, there was a massive structure that popped up in your front yard. Crazy!!!

  • Club Carbón CR

    Hello, Im José from Costa Rica, you have no idea how much I enjoy your videos and your journey, I just discovered you 3 days ago and already seen until S2 E16, firstly just want to congratule you, and give you all my positive thoughts, the best for you and your family. Life is very different here in Costa Rica specially in the city, maybe kind of but small compare to Ontario city, but we have a lot of possibilities to get in touch with nature, our country is blessed on that, definitely very different nature, weather, and wild life, compare to where you live. Personally always love what you’re doing and what you achieve. Again, my best for you and yours, will keep in touch and as we say here, Pura vida!!!

  • Genia

    Here's ure subscribe, buddy. Keep on going ure a big motivation, and like a shining light in the cold and dark city…. Shout out from Hamburg.

  • 2 8

    Shawn, I love the wild,butt…every summer it's Very hard for me,I'm made for the cold!,I'm happy knowing im not the only one like that! :)…

  • matthew miller

    seriously I'm jealous beyond words you have motivated me to finally pull the trigger on my own land. these videos are amazing thank you and i wish you the best of luck. keep making more i am learning a lot of what to do with my new land.

  • Jacqueline M

    Great video.. Really enjoying.. The homestead looks great.. Best wishes to you, Cali and your loved one from Ireland. 😊🇮🇪

  • Shirley Murphy

    I have an old Cook stove I use in my home it will heat the down stairs easy . Off that we have hot water pipeing go thru the fire box into a copper tank . Bake bread in over too. Saves so much money. Love what you are doing with the cabin .

  • Michael M

    One question on the rock wall behind the stove. I saw that you used spikes to help tie the rocks/cement to the wall of the cabin (which I was going to ask you about in one of the later videos). It just occurred to me, however, that as the cabin settles and the logs drop down slightly that there will be added pressure on the wall and depending on just how much pressure caused by movement won't there be a risk that the whole rock wall might collapse in time? (Or will you take it down at a later date as the cabin settles and rebuild it?) Obviously, the rock wall needs to be secured. Perhaps you could have bolted a couple of sheets of 1-inch plywood together and attached that to the logs using a sliding-bolt attachment that would allow for settling of the logs, and then install the rocks in FRONT of that, anchoring them sporadically to what would then basically become a backer board. You could mortar some rocks in up along the sides after everything was set in front as THOSE rocks would be up against both, the backer wall AND the logs so in time I'm certain some of those rocks would break loose and have to be repaired. But better to deal with only one column of rocks along the outside coming down rather than potentially the entire wall one day. Not really criticizing; it's just something that occurred to me today as I was watching this video, knowing how the logs will eventually settle and that a total movement of only a couple of inches might be enough to put sufficient strain on the rock wall to cause it to fail. (That's a lot of weight to be coming down all at once and I wouldn't want Cali, you or your wife to be in front of it if it did fail because of that.) Sorry. Long comment. Great video though! (as usual)

    Edited to add: You were thinking about electrical "comforts" to add… I'm cutting down on my milk intake (which is hard because I love milk … LOL) so have replaced it with almond milk that I make myself. You and your wife are really focused on healthy eating as well. If you're interested in something like that, or something UNHEALTHY but so so good like frozen margaritas (haha), you might want to consider adding a really good blender to the cabin. I honestly don't think I ever want to go without my vitamix or my Omega juicer for that matter.

  • Rosalyn Scaife

    I love what you are doing and I am learning a lot waiting for the day I will be able to, with my family, branch out and do this type of adventure.

  • Shannon Anderson

    Hi Shawn. You are doing what I have always wanted to do but haven’t been able to. I’m now 68 yrs old and am Autistic. I live in a city and the noise and environment is not pleasing to me. I love camping in bush, it is the closest I can get living in the bush. I have become addicted to your videos. I am enjoying them so much. I love your honest approach to what you are doing, allowing viewers into your life, the highs and lows, the successes and mistakes all open for us to see. Epilepsy it be wrong for me to ask if your wife is a shy person? It would be understandable why she is not keen on filming her. God bless her. Anyway, please take care, I look forward to so many more fantastic videos. You have taught me a lot. Thank you so much. Big hugs to Cali. Love Shannon from Australia. New subscriber.

  • Kathy

    I am new to this channel and this is the third video I have watched I enjoyed each one very much and gave all three a thumbs up. I now am a new subscriber. I know this video says August of last year and I hope you took the advice of all the commenters and took a little time for you and your family. No matter what family is the most important thing except God and you need to spend time with both. If you don't eventually you will get burned out and then you won't be around to do any videos. I don't see that happening but it could. Take care of yourself or you can't take care of nobody else. It looks like you are very appreciated on this Channel and none of us want to lose you. God bless you and your family I look forward to watching your videos

  • UsPLUS Five

    I will tell you I started watching you about a year ago. I don’t follow every video all the way through all the time. Which I know isn’t a big help to you. But I would love to do this idea with my family. As I go through to look for ideas and how to do things your videos always pop up in my search. Naturally I like your videos so they are the top choice to watch. Keep the videos coming and maybe when I get that chance to do this you will have created a village. Keep on. Love the naturalness of it all.

  • Patricia Barnes

    You rest up whenever you need to. It's quite normal, and the body needs to regenerate. You are doing really great, and now that I just discover your videos, I'm not planning on going anywhere. I think you are absolutely awesome. You are doing what a lot of us long to do but afraid of failing. I know I'd love to do what you are doing. Watching your videos, is very motivational so who knows.

  • Janet Withers

    Nice stone hearth. Did not know the stove had so many pieces. You always seem to be really busy.. good job on the hearth😺💞

  • Renee Bunch

    I love this video but you still need some time for you. You will get it done. Calli thinks you need more play also. 😀

  • Jacques-Maurice Miron

    Do not forget that the stones and ciment will transfer heat from the stove to he wood wall when stove working. Normally, by the Canadian Code you have to let an air space in between rocks and wood wall as a heat barrier. 1 inch air intake at the floor to 2 inches min. at the ceiling if you go to .

  • Greg Grimer

    21st Century. Man builds home from 18th Century to seek after a life that no longer exists and which his wife and children don't really want to join him in, then concerns himself with likes and dislikes on YouTube from a bunch of strangers.

    Just do it for your own happiness.

  • lockhart1976

    Just wanted to say I live in york Pennsylvania. Originally from northern Michigan and I must say you are truly a pioneer! I imagine not all homesteaders were builders…some blacksmiths, farmers and such but all of them had to build homes to live in. So in my opinion you sure are a true pioneer..take care and keep up the great work! Love the videos!

  • Adriano Hugentobler Ayres

    About 470k people you have invited to your cabin. Nice handwork! Thanks for the tips on how it can be made

  • Fred Basset

    LOL…OK DONT WORRY TOO MUCH ABOUT US NOT GETTING ENOUGH OF UR DAILY CHORES TO TAPE…UR ENTITLED TO UR MOOD N WE ALL HAVE SUCH DAYS TOO…TKANK U ANYWAY FOR SHOWING US… YES MOTIVATION FOR US TO WATCH U… N FOR SOME.. IT GET OFF UR BUTTS N MAKE URSELF N.UR LIFE USEFUL..LOL!!'
    OH!! PLZZ EAT UR FRUIT N DONT LEAVE THINGS.HALF EATEN…NOT GOOD!!

  • Fred Basset

    HATERS??? ITS NOTHING BUT SOME JERK DID THAT DELIBERATELY COZ THEY MUST HAVE BEEN SEEING NO HATE OR THUMBS DOWN… SO KIDS DECIDED TO DO THAT….ITS LIKE "VANDALS"!!

  • Regina Côrtes

    JAMES IS A GREAT MAN.
    SURVIVE ALONE AND BUILD YOUR CABIN WITHOUT ANYONE'S HELP WITH YOUR GREAT COMPANION YOUR PET DOG

  • darlene roy

    I only started watching and now I can’t stop. You amaze me with what you do. You are a very smart, hard worker that just makes my head spin. I can’t stop watching. Keep going…

  • Linda Petersen

    never did a stone hearth before Why the nail is it for keeping that bigger stone in place I need to know cause Yes this is what I have wanted to do tell me please? Thank You for the learning and showing us the videos audios is great LOBE CALI She is awesome!!!

  • Joseph Atnip

    How did I miss this video of yours I thought I've seen them all at least once especially the interior videos of your cabin I like to see the inside of that place it's neat

  • Raven T

    Putting your heavy castiron pans up so high is a good space saver, but your wife is going to have trouble accessing them as well as other supplies.
    I love the copper backsplash/liner on the sink cabinet.

  • Kevin Behr

    It's good to see that even you struggle with motivation, it's a problem I have on a daily basis, it's not laziness per se, more a lack of anything interesting to do most days so I watch a lot of YT vids, mainly you right now, so keep on keeping on as they say, and I'll keep watching, give Cali a pat from me.

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