I GOT HURT Building a PRIMITIVE KITCHEN in the Forest
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I GOT HURT Building a PRIMITIVE KITCHEN in the Forest

(upbeat music) (water gurgling) (ax thudding) – What’s up? What’s up? You trying to fetch? (dog panting) So, it’s been over a week since I took all the sand out of the stove or out of the oven, but it’s
still not feeling dry enough to start a fire in there. So, I’m probably going to have
to wait a full ‘nother week, I think, before I even light a small fire, nevermind actually cook
something in there. So, I put a candle in there and we’ll see if it helps dry
it out a little bit quicker but, again, slowly enough
that it doesn’t crack. The problem is because it’s
all clay, sand and straw that does shrink as it dries and the faster it dries, the
more it shrinks and cracks. So, if I do it slowly, just let it dry slowly then
it’s going to, hopefully, have less cracks in it. Now, it already had some just from sagging as soon as I took the sand out. So, what I had to do was mix up a slightly thinner cog mixture
and smear that in there and fill the cracks back up. So, I’m anticipating probably
having to do that again and then, as the stove or the oven gets so used periodically over time, might crack a little bit more and I’ll just continue to
parge it from the inside. Somebody pointed out that
how am I going to patch the back of it, now that
I’ve closed in the gable in and that’s a good question. I didn’t actually even think about that. I’m assuming that all the cracking that’s important to take care of is going to be on the inside of the stove. I keep calling it a stove, in the inside of the oven
and that I can reach inside and parge it like I did
which was awkward but doable. So, tune in another week or two and see the oven in action hopefully. (dog panting) (galvanize screeching) (pounding) (electric saw rumbling) (electric saw whirring) (saw grating) (pounding) (saw grating) (pounding) (pistol firing) Fetch, fetch! Go ahead, right here. Right here, here! Good. Good. (pistol firing) Come! Fetch! Good, that’s one. Right here. No, no, just hold it. Here, here, here. Here, heel. Heel, Cali. Ready. Back. Good girl. Bring her up. (mumbles) (pistol firing) (wind whistling) We’ve finally got some cooler
temperatures as you can see and it’s really damp. We had something like 30
millimeters of rain yesterday. So, over an inch of rain, at least, and the water’s starting to recharge. The pond is filling back up. I’m seeing puddles over here that I haven’t had since Spring. So, nice to get some more rain. See what the bugs are like
when it warms up again, but it’s nice and cool for working. The first thing I’m gonna do
is get this sink soldered up. So, I need to get the
charcoal barbecue going here to heat up the soldering iron. And then, if I can get that sink in place, kinda settled in, and then
I can start finishing off all the surfaces like the counter. I want to sand that smooth,
put a bunch of coats of, probably, marine varnish
or something like that. So, I can get a good coating because some of the rain is coming in, barely, on this side, I guess. Rain was coming in this way. But I want to get all
these surfaces protected. But just to finish up this
space, these countertops, make them a little bit nicer-looking and build a cupboard or
a couple of cupboards to store utensils and pots
and pans and stuff like that. Full outdoor kitchen ’cause
I’m gonna cook out here even in the winter, for the most part, or a lot of times anyway,
when it’s not unbearably cold. When I have the wood stove going, it’s gonna make sense a lot
of times to just cook on that, but, if I don’t have that
fired up for some reason, I’d like to cook outside. What are you doing? See something out there? (rain pounding) (electric saw rumbling) (electric saw whirring) (pounding) You may recognize this tree
from that video back in, sometime in the winter,
probably, February or March, where I cut down that big tree
that’s overhanging the trail, that maple. Forget how many ax strokes. It took only a dozen or so because that little strip of live wood was the only thing holding that tree up from the upward side of the tree. So, it was leaning this way. There was one section
in the back of the tree that was live all the way up And all this was rotten so all I had to do was cut three-quarters of the way through this little strip of live wood and the tree toppled over. And it’s a good thing I did that because it was overhanging
the trail, like I said, so eventually it was going to
come down anyway on its own and, probably, at an inopportune moment. So, I’m going to try to shape this to the door of the earthen oven. Try to get it to fit snugly and hope that it doesn’t check too much or completely warp out of shape. (pounding) (mumbles) (pounding) (grating) Don’t touch the bear. Well. That was really stupid. I think that’s the
first injury in two yea, well, I don’t know how long it’s been since I had an outdoor injury. But first injury since I started
working on the cabin here and it’s a pretty good one. Splittling the edge of
that earthen oven door and slipped with the knife
and almost took the end of my finger off. So, I’m a little queasy right now. Goes to show you, it doesn’t matter how tough you think you are
or how prepared you are, when an injury happens in the outdoors, especially, when you’re alone, I’m not, or my wife’s not here today,
I’m alone, just me and Cali, and slipped with that knife
and, man, it went deep. So, I lost a lot of blood here and got it stopped just
with the compression and cleaning before I put the bandage on. So, I had to put a non, I don’t even know what
the hell that’s called, non-stick bandage, like gauze pad, and then
wrapped it tight with tape. So. Whew. Anyway, it’s my left hand, at least. It’s gonna make some things more difficult including typing, trying
to upload this video, finish editing this video,
but I’ll find a way. So, I’m gonna clean up the blood, and I guess put some gloves
on like I should have had. The thing is, injuries
happen, accidents happen, of course, when you least expect them, you have to be as prepared
as you can for them. But, when you’re working alone, you have to be extra careful,
extra vigilant, and I wasn’t. I almost always wear
gloves for that reason because, if I had of been, probably, would have caught the glove and either not penetrated or not penetrated as deeply, at least. So, another lesson learnt. I do have a couple of first aid kits here. I may as well talk about that quickly. I have this one that I
bought years ago for my boat, when we had a boat, ’cause
it stored nicely on the boat. Never used it. So, it’s still fully stocked. I have added some bandages
and stuff that I’ve taken out of it over the years for the kids. But first time I’ve had to use it. Now, I do have training. I have my wilderness first aid training. I actually took it last
spring, like April 2017, including CPR. So, I do know what to do but, of course, when you get injured yourself, it’s harder to take care of it
and when you get lightheaded and in a little bit of shock like I was, then it makes it more difficult. So, the first thing I did was
get some compression on that and that stopped the
blood as much as possible. Washed it, got it wrapped up, sat down, and had a good drink of water and went and sat inside the cabin. Kinda lied down and
cooled off a little bit. Now, I’m feeling much better
and I have to get back to work. So. Pay attention to what you’re doing always and always be prepared and always have a first aid kit with you and a way to get a hold of
people if you do get injured. When I’m out in the back
country, I have that spot beacon, but here at the cabin I
have a cellphone, at least, and text messaging and all that stuff. So, if I had to get a
hold of somebody I could. Woops. Nice. This is a little scary. I don’t know whether to trim the wood or force it in here and trim the oven ’cause I’m afraid it’s gonna
crack a little bit more. It’s still not still. Like that should be rock hard and it’s actually crumbly still and still wet, I can see. Yeah, it’s making a mess. You see that spot down behind
me, down in the valley, that’s where I’ve been
seeing all the wildlife for the last year and a half now, I guess. So, the bear hangs here
on that little point. The raccoons, the, what
else has been there? Deer, otter and three different bears. But Cali likes to go down there. At least once a day, she runs down there and checks it out and then
she comes barreling back as if something’s chasing her,
but you can tell by her face how happy she is. She’s just having fun. But checked the trail camera yesterday or a couple of days ago and
to see that that red wolf or that, I guess it’s
not really a red wolf, eastern wolf, it’s now been
relabeled as Algonquin wolf, came through there during the day, which I think its happened twice now. It’s usually at night, but it’s twice now I’ve caught it on camera
going through during the day. There’s the one wolf
that has been showing up for like two months, two or three months, that I’ve caught on camera. And then there’s another wolf that, couldn’t get a really
good identification on it, except that it has a big, bushy tail, where this one that’s here all
the time, has a mangy tail. It looks very much like a coyote and it’s still possible that it is coyote. Algonquin wolves are like red wolves, in that, they’re very, very
closely related to coyotes and there’s a lot of crossbreeding. So, most of the wolves in this area have, at least, some
coyote genetics in them, but what’s different is that
you can hear a deeper howl and I’ve heard them howl a few times here and it’s very distinct, very
different from a coyote’s howl, a coyote’s yipping and howls. So, I’m 90% sure that
it’s an Algonquin wolf or Algonquin wolf pack
that hangs out here. I know there’s a wolf pack
that hangs out in this area. So, I’m assuming that’s part of the pack. I wonder if that’s a female
and she’s got a den nearby. Should hear the young ones yipping soon. I haven’t heard them at
night, I’m surprised. But maybe it’s too far away? Anyway, I’m curious whether Cali has actually met them or
not or met that one wolf. So, I’m gonna have to keep an eye on them. I’m going to set a target down there, actually, going to
start setting in my guns in the next week or two and
do a lot more target practice, practicing and archery as well. I’ll put a bale of hay or
straw or something down here and another one over there and practice. Anyway, I thought you’d be
interested in seeing more of the trail camera photos
of the wolf and the bears. That’s the spot I’m
talking about right there. Actually, cleared out a couple small trees so I could see straight down in there and, right behind, right over that peak or right over that little hump there, which is a ridge that
runs all the way along and then joins the
beaver dam to the right, that is the beginning of the meadow. So, a stream runs through there and then a great big meadow
which is full of wildlife. Thanks for watching that
video, I really appreciate it. If you actually like my videos
then if you wouldn’t mind, I’d really appreciate it if
you could hit the like button. Only about 10% of the regular viewers seem to hit the thumbs
up and then that declines as new followers start watching or new viewers start watching the videos. So, just hoping that you
could do that for me, if you could hit that like button. And, if you haven’t subscribed, ironically or amazingly,
only about 30% of the viewers on my typical video are subscribers which really surprises me. I cannot understand how
that statistic is accurate but these are the things
I do pay attention to. So, if you haven’t subscribed, I’d really appreciate it if you could. Course, it costs nothing and, if you really want to see the videos and make sure you’re notified, then also hit that bell icon
beside the subscribe button. Anyway, it’s not a big deal, but if you could do that for
me, I’d really appreciate it. Don’t forget to tune in next
week to watch the next episode of the forest kitchen. I will be doing, what? I think I’ll, oh, the floor. I want to put a wood floor
down inside the kitchen area and make some cabinets and
stuff for the lower section, add a little bit more countertop
and then fire up that oven which is the part I’m
really excited about. Can’t believe it’s going
to be September soon before I really get to start using it. But, anyway, that’s just in
time for Fall harvest season, hunting, fishing and vegetables and plants and all that kind of stuff. So, I will be doing a
lot of cooking in there. So, anyway, hope you tune
in for that series as well. Thanks for watching and look forward to seeing you at the cabin next week. Take care. (bird screeching)


  • Jack Peters

    It might be a good idea to trace a pattern of that door in the event something happens to it so that you can easily replace it.

  • The Purple Squirrel

    Without revealing your secrets, how many hours do you average per day working? How many cameras do you use? How long do you spend editing? I love how you don't use annoying music. Just the sounds of nature and you working with you occasional speaking. I love your channel.

  • yvonne creekbaum

    What excellent wood work you do. Amazing cabin, summer kitchen etc. Love the updates on all the wild life you have around you. Refreshing to know you are aware of what kinds of wildlife is around yet don't want to go kill the first wolf, bear, deer etc. that is out there. Your dog is such a beauty as well. The muscles on her, wow. Hope your finger heals quickly and yes, getting hurt like that without anyone else around is quite scary. You really are quite a craftsman. Thank you for sharing your skills with all of us. Blessings.

  • Estelle Romano

    Oh my very stressed watched so many of your videos that I've come to think of you as a close friend so I care what happens to you. Glad you were able to deal with it yourself. I don't know if you know about Silverstone cream but you may want to talk to your doctor about getting a script for it . My doctor said that no home should be without it.heals wounds very quickly. Love your show ,love Callie.

  • Estelle Romano

    That was the hardest show to watch, just waiting for you to get hurt. Got nervous every time you touched any thing sharp. Glad you were able to deal with it yourself. Just a suggestion my doctor suggested that I get a script for silverdine cream to have on hand because I used to landscape ,had a cleaning service, and was a good miner. It lasts forever he said .I did get some and now I wouldn't be without it in my house. Ask your doctor about it .Heals wounds very quickly. Love your show.Love Callie too. Thank you for such a informative show.

  • Allen Thomas

    Thanks for the show..it just popped up on my phone..fingers betyer now and youve been using the cob oven already..cowboy…

  • Brian Davis

    I'm just watching this, trying to catch up chronologically on your projects, and I've got to say, a simple squeeze vise would have kept you away from harm. Two long carriage bolts drilled through two slabs similar to your shelves, and washers then handles to put the squeeze on. Mount them on a simple frame to allow opening and closing, and tie them down to a thick sheet of plywood, or better yet, make a stand to tie them to. You get the point, but I used this style of vise many years making baskets out of white oak, and you could have easily gripped that door and kept that drawing knife away from you. This design is meant to use drawing knives to work with.

  • Brian Davis

    Oh, and by the way, I really enjoy your videos, including your reflections. Sometimes, your message is just what I needed to hear.

  • coffeefetcher

    With the title, I felt I was watching a Health & Safety video! 'Spot the risky bit'! Right from the off, no safety gloves, no safety glasses…I think he wore boots but may have been barefoot, given everything else! In the end I had to stop watching and scroll for comments cos the strain of waiting for him to sustain a horrendous injury grew too much for me! Bless him.

  • HighCaliberMitch

    You need to find a way to secure awkward workpieces like that.

    The moment you started shaving that piece, I knew that THAT was the injury part but I thought it would be a knee or something.

  • Laura's Musings

    You've gained a new subscriber, Sir, and I'm enjoying every episode/video with your words of wisdom, patience, precise working skills, love of nature and family, so many positives to these videos, they are truly inspirational!! I'm guilty of watching videos I've enjoyed immensely and forgotten to hit that "like" or "subscribe" button…thank you for that little reminder, I'm a work in progress and promise to improve! I've enjoyed every video you've posted (even though I'm alittle behind in time), it brings peace, comfort and connects me (busy city life) to that wonderful life that's out there waiting. So happy you and your beautiful family found it and are continuing to share for those that are reaching towards that goal, we're learning through you…your joys and trials. I cannot express how much I've enjoyed every video (going to go back, rewatch and "like", my "to do list"). You guys bring joy and peace and thank you from the bottom of my heart! Of course, i have to mention Cali, she's so full of life, beautiful and, in the midst of learning, it brings a smile and laugh when she sneaks in and steals the show, what a personality! So glad you are okay, that was a heart-stopping moment, lol! God bless, stay safe, warm and full of the peace you and yours have found. Looking forward to every video!! 😀


    I am trying to watch all your video's , I just cant get enough, thanks so much, your inspiring , I hate you got hurt, be safe my friend,

  • James Breeden

    I love your videos. It is like a video of the Fox Fire Books only better. You have been giving me a lot of ideas with all of your projects. Thanks!

  • Lon Peruzzi

    I missed this video in August and am just now watching it (3/31). All this week I had been wondering if you've ever been injured. I respect your attention to detail and to safety. As soon as you sat down with the drawknife I started wincing. I suffered a serious drawknife cut 40 years ago. I was whittling with a small knife while the drawknife was next to me as I sat on a bench. The small knife got stuck on a knot, then released, sending my hand into the awaiting fangs of the drawknife. I've always thought of it as a snake waiting for the right moment to strike.

  • greg mason

    I was watching you work on that door and saw how awkward it was and thought" Tie that thing down, and use a mallite and chisiel" suddenly you come back hurt. Been there Done that! LOL

  • CHM

    The softy in me says "o no, sit down, let me look at it and fix it", but the tough one in me says" OK, I almost cut it off. Was I thinking of other things, no, accidents just happen at times no matter how mindful we seem to be.
    One little advise I may like to give is to use proper disinfection and a fingerling underneath your gloves until it is healed.
    I learned so much again. I could make an outdoor sink now, but I am too old (75 f). I enjoy your work more than I could possibly enjoy a religious sermon-haha.

  • David Viney

    Good day to you.my dream which you are living, i wanted to always build a log cabin and return to nature things
    always got in the way,my age has now stopping me.I am truly enjoying my dream through your series,keep up your great work.Thank you. David Viney

  • Girl In The Woods

    Sorry you cut yourself. I could watch you create (and do) for hours. I wish I had started earlier. I always wanted to build my cabin in the woods. I finally did but I don't have the strength or energy anymore to do half the things I would like to do and some of the things you do.

  • brenda vipperman

    Awesome job your doing! OUCH!!! when you cut your finger…But it was a good thing you were prepared with first aid kit.May God Bless you as you continue making these utubes…teaching Americans how to do things off grid! Love & Blessings

  • Sean Audette

    1 injury is actually pretty good. Sorry about your finger tho. Thanks for your videos. makes me want to run and but land I can put a cabin on.

  • Sean Audette

    I always hit the like button Shawn. I had to delete my updates on YT to get my likes to stay and not get erased

  • Sandra Loes

    Sinto muito que VC machucou os dedos com a madeira. Dói muito eu sei eu também outro dia me machuquei e doeu muito.

  • Julia Stepanova

    Besides chaga, a very good tea is made from the pine needles also. It has a good taste and anti inflammatory qualities. I hope the finger healed well! You should have ammonia in the first aid kit. If someone starts loosing conscious, have them to sniff it. I squeezed my finger with the garage door once and started loosing conscious… I had to open the bottle with my mouth… Burned the lips, but got it opened on time and managed to stay in conscious …

  • Sandra Sweeney

    Your videos are SO interesting, informative, and beautifully photographed! It's like watching documentaries – but with a more artistic flair! Thank you for taking the time to share what you're doing with all of us!

  • Melda Cano

    Enjoyed the video. Sharing with friends and family. What a beautiful life. You're a very talented man and blessed with a beautiful family.

  • Tommy Nikon

    @49:00…..Shawn slices finger off, grabs monofilament fishing line, jumps on YT videos, watches "DIY: Suturing 101 for Bushies", reattaches finger, and continues on w/ projects.

  • Prepperjon

    Out of curiosity what is that sound from when you are splitting wood? It’s a metallic sound almost like metal hitting tile or cement. Maybe it’s just the mic you are using. Anyway love your channel
    Cheers mate and happy trails

  • Prepperjon

    Lol I swear half this video all can hear is the dog panting next to the mic lol
    Give her some water please lol

  • Wayward Woodworker

    Had I known there was sheet metal involved, I could have predicted blood. I always manage that no matter what I make out of it.

  • jerri marcum

    Hi Shawn..I really enjoy watching your videos..Was so sorry you got hurt..Accidents do happen..Be careful..And by the way, I accidently hit the dislike button..I really really do love your videos..Take care..

  • Adrianne Elsey

    I am curious how the wolves behave… how would things go if Callie were to meet up with one? How curious are they about your cabin and kitchen. Same for the other animals. For instance doe cooking in the outdoor kitchen attract the attention of bears or repel the deer?

  • Janet Withers

    Yikes. That is a deep cut. Maybe stitches at doc were in order. But you seemed to handle it ok. Be careful. I am going thru lots if your videos. Enjoy them all. Very soothing to see someone else working their butt off. Ha. The trees sound like running water. Loud rustling of leaves. Soothing. Thanks for sharing 🐱💞

  • H. J.James

    I love your videos! Please do take care of yourself out there, I know that you will but I felt compelled to say it. Thanks for all you do in excellence, & with such a humble spirit. Hugs to Cali.

  • heather calder

    I had to take my iPad to the bathroom incase I missed your accident. Cleaned my teeth, washed my face and hopped into bed, all while waiting for it to happen. Sounds a trifle blood thirsty doesn't it, poor finger. New Zealander.

  • Jose Miguel Antoncich

    Saludos desde Viña del Mar, Chile. Espero que te recuperes pronto de esa herida. Cuídate. Saludos.

  • Donna Nez

    please don't hatchet wood that way. you are expending way more energy when you will ever get back from the warmth.. hatchet it … then turn it upside down for the weight of the wood to cut itself… let the weight of the wood split its self on the axe.once you lift it about 3 inches

  • Patricia Barnes

    Still playing catch up, with videos I've not seen. I can hear Cali panting away in the background, like a miniature steam engine. She is never far away from your side, such a sweetheart.

  • Mrs. L. Ferr

    Second thought was omg I am glad you will be ok. First thought was Cali would be soooo cute in a nurse hat!

  • Martha Adams

    OUCH! I have done that when prepping food. It really hurts! Cayenne pepper and some other herbs will stop the bleeding right away. It takes a few days to heal over, be safe. There is a thing call blood stop and it works really good.
    Wolf or coyote? Wrote that before you talked about it. Keep Cali safe – My 'trained service German Shepherd' has to be protected because she is afraid of nothing and actually that is a bad thing. I actually have a run for her for after dark so that she is safe. She fear nothing, but 2 or 3 coyotes together could really hurt her.

    Heal your finger quickly!

  • Linda Petersen

    time for rest for today tomorrow is another day I feel for You so that is what I am thinking You are doing a GREAT job in working on wood it is Great work !!!

  • M1A1 Abrams

    I was always wondering how you got your boards ripped down. I was under the assumption you brought in a portable band saw or paid someone w/ one. I have never seen this attachment for a chainsaw. Curious as to what it's called ?

  • Gustavo Roca

    Start using your left hand for things like sawing and chopping. I wrote that before seeing you damn near cut your finger off, well what I meant was that you're risking muscle and tendon damage by only using the right arm.

  • Ginny Lorenz

    Dear Shawn, Please also keep some of the homeopathic remedy Arnica Montana on hand. Little pellets under the tongue. Help protect from shock on all levels. Very helpful and useful in all kinds of injuries.

  • Sally Vernon

    Watching was thinking if the blood loss made you dizzy, probably some sugar (maple sugar) would help that. Aslo, so much work to do the door, was thinking couldn't you have made a door first and built the clay oven around it? Not that I have any experience with such things – but that you could've 'cut' the door away from the clay and that the clay would shrink some during drying – then sanding the door around the edges to fit (?). Injuries are a drag. Anyway, nice finish 🙂

  • Liette Bonneville

    QUITE IMPRESSIVE SHAWN ! You put all your past experiences at work and you do very well. I like you to put more attention to your safety, accidents are friend of rush, you can do better, what's the rush anyway, it's a must for a long run. Callie is a wonderful dog and of good company, she's gorgeous. By the way, my buz is genealogy and my contibution to your life would be a little research on your ancestry. Who are your father, mother, grand parents and so on , if you know? I'll look at it. Of course JAMES may have a lot of roots, I would like to have a look for you and let you know. Gerry

  • will chandler

    That axe the chopper one is badass. My poppy had one its, long gone. I found them on the internet and snatched one up a few years ago

  • Judy R Reynolds

    MY GOSH SHAWN….I KNOW ITS BEEN AWHILE SINCE YOU CUT YOUR FINGER….YOU COULD HAVE PASSED OUT. You guys put all of your strength into everything whether it be pushing pulling turning a wrench….busted knuckle s and cuts ..
    We knew you were ok …when you flashed that bright SMILE 😊

  • Hummingbird West

    Wow! What a lesson you had here. I learned in school that when you have a bad cut, immediately, you apply pressure to stop bleeding, but add a bunch of salt to the womb and apply pressure. Raise your hand. When bleeding stop, a bandaid won't be enough. Just use paper towel and tape hight, always wrapping with pressure. You can rinse before wrapping it, but put salt on and then wrap it. Then, after a while change the wrap and do that a few times. Only when the bleeding is controlled, you will be able to put a regular bandaid. It might take even a day before you can put a bandaid on. You did a good wrapping around that finger. I've done this several times, since I cook, and it has worked for me.

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