The Building Site for the Log Cabin Bathhouse | Wilderness Sauna Ep.1

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The Building Site for the Log Cabin Bathhouse | Wilderness Sauna Ep.1

The Building Site for the Log Cabin Bathhouse | Wilderness Sauna Ep.1

– So this is the future
site of my vegetable garden. Get an appreciation for the settlers, especially of this area. Forget the name of the road but the road that comes through here, that was the original road for developing Northern
Ontario and Canada. It was a road that was established in this date and it’s been outta commission for a number of years, so the road now, and I looked at a couple of
properties actually on that road that were just off of it, but the road kinda cuts
through really thick bush. I don’t know, I guess they
kinda kept to the low areas back when they were building the road, so it’s all through a lotta marshy areas, and really, really rugged terrain. And, as a result, it got
abandoned over the years, because it wasn’t worth developing. More of the developments
happened on the lakes and then kinda spread out from there, so this road that went right
through the thick, thick bush came through this kinda stuff. So you can imagine tryin’ to create a farm on this kinda property. It’s so rocky and hilly and acidic, really poor growing conditions. So I’m hackin’ it outta
the thick, thick bush here. This is the sunniest
place on the property, except for down along
the creek in the marsh, but it’s actually too
risky to put it down there, ’cause it gets so wet in the spring that it wouldn’t dry up, and last year didn’t dry up at all, but it wouldn’t dry up typically until too late for planting season. So getting up on this higher ground, I’m going to need to
spend more time watering, but the plants should survive or thrive. So what I need to do is enrich this soil. So next year, what I’ll do is start bringing in lots
and lots of moose droppings on the property, which
pretty unusual fertilizer, and actually it’s enough moose droppings that I considered making
the cob out of it, mixing it with the clay, and I might do that still. Anyway, I’ll enrich the soil with that, then I’ll bring other types
of compost probably in. So I’m thinkin’ for at least another, I’m guessing two years, I’m gonna have to keep buying
groceries from the outside, especially, and I probably
always will have to buy grain, ’cause I’m not gonna be able to build, or grow enough on this little
property in the thick bush. So I’ll clear the site, grow vegetables, I can harvest my game and fish from the surrounding forest
and fields and lakes, and get majority of my food from the land. This is going to be difficult
to protect from wildlife, but Cali tends to keep most of
it away from the cabin area, so I think it’s gonna be successful. So, like I said, two-year
plan I’m thinking. Get this cleared now,
and then in the spring, I can probably just plant a smaller garden and try to enrich the soil, plant some stuff like
clover that has deep roots, things that improve the soil
on its own by fixing nitrogen. So I’ll do a number of things like that and then look at a bunch of different permaculture principles that I can apply on this piece and then throughout the property. There’s a few other somewhat sunny spots, and there’s lots of raspberries and stuff, and then down in the meadow
I might plant some things along the shoreline that I
think can thrive down there. So that’s the plan. This is the sunniest spot on the property. Other than that, like I said,
clear out a few more trees. I’m takin’ two and then one
half-dead one down so far, and it is like two
o’clock right now, 2:30, September, what, 12th, 13th? And I’m surprised and impressed that the sun’s actually
still hitting this clearing. Our growing season is essentially over, or it will be the next week or two. We’ll get a first frost soon, usually first week of October-ish, but in these highlands, often it can come in September as well. So I’d be harvesting, typically right now, the last of my stuff
and then preserving it. So that’s the plan. Now, on the back here against the trees that I am gonna leave up, I’ll probably put some kind of building, maybe like a chicken coop, or quail coop, or something like that,
or just a garden shed, and I’ll put permanent,
fixed solar panels on there that I can use as my charging station. I never plan on having much of a demand for electricity here. My plan has always been, and
it’s gonna continue to be, to live as completely off-grid as possible with as little inputs as possible. So this year I will
have to run a generator probably in the winter to power
up that Goal Zero power bank and I’ve got this little
fridge now in the cabin, but I’m going to try to use
that as much as possible, just as an icebox, and
not plug it in typically. And then, in the winter, what I’ll do is just keep freezing stuff, ice outside, bringing it in. I planned on getting an
icehouse built this year but it didn’t happen, so
that will be probably put off ’til next spring. I’ll do a root cellar that
will have an icehouse section in it that I can, that will
be completely underground facing north, which this
slopes down pretty steeply to the north, so it never gets sun on it. And I’ll build a separate
area that’s insulated probably with straw bales or something like that, and then store my ice and sawdust, where I have a access
not too far from here, if I can bring my trailer over there and fill up with sawdust, I can fill that icehouse pretty well. So that’s the plan. Like I said, I’m happy
with the sunshine here. I’ll complete, finish clearing this out, getting this wood down, and then get the woodshed built down there so I can store this year’s wood and keep the stuff out to dry. So my wife’s been a very good
sport about this outhouse. She’s like me actually and
finds that it’s not bad in the winter or the summer. The winter, there’s nothin’
to worry about as far as bugs, and, for her, bears and stuff like that, and in the summer, the bugs
don’t seem to come in here, even though I don’t have
battens on the outside yet. But, with that mouse the other day, that kinda freaked her out, so she asked if I could make shelves here, and put cabinet doors
on that are mouse-proof, so that mice aren’t gonna
pop out from nowhere. So, by keeping this area clean, there’s nowhere for them to hide, so, of course, they’re gonna
come in here the odd time, but they’re not gonna hide out and then pop out when you’re sitting here. And it’s a good bit of
storage for my tools until I get a workshop built. Look. (bird squawking) So I have a leaning tree issue that I should’ve dealt with earlier, and I’m only really
becoming fully aware of it now that I’m getting ready to
build the bathrooms over here. There’s a tree behind me that’s leaning, it’s sort of in this direction. I thought, I’ve always looked
at it from different angles and thought it was, you know, lined up to land like here somewhere, and I see now that the trunk
comes up on different leans, and different angles, so
it kinda leans this way, and then that way, and
then sorta that way. I’m looking closer to the top thinking the tree’s naturally
gonna fall in this direction, and it’s safe to fall, but I see now that, if I was to cut that
down close to the ground, that it’s likely to fall
actually onto the forest kitchen. So I need to get up maybe six
feet to where there’s a bend, and where the tree
starts leaning this way, so that there’s enough
of the mass above that that’s leaning in this direction, because I’m just wondering if
there’s that much more trunk with that weight leaning in that direction that’s going to influence
the fall of the tree. So this is a challenge,
so I need to figure out how exactly I’m going to fell this thing to make sure it lands right here basically where the sauna’s going without destroying anything else. So I have to do that now before I put in the
footings for this bathhouse. (leaves rustling) See, if I can sort of cut
it right around this height, which is what, eight feet
off the ground, maybe, I can get this to fall right down the path between the kitchen, the
cabin, and the outhouse. And this is just tall enough that, if I cut it from the base,
it would hit the outhouse, if it falls to the right
of those yellow birch trees that are standin’ there. I’ve got another issue right now though. The wind picking up and
it’s blowing from the east, ’cause we have a storm system coming in, or rain system coming in
for the next few days, cold front coming in. So an unsettled weather pattern. So what I’ll have to do probably is I’ll go ahead and dig the footings and build the columns, the
pillars for the bathhouse. And I’m gonna do four corners, four pillars 10 feet apart in a square, and then I’ll build the
log cabin on top of that so this is not gonna damage those if it falls in that direction. So I’ll have to wait. Hopefully, tomorrow or the following day I get more favorable winds. And it’d be awesome if I
got some fairly strong winds blowing in this direction
from the west, northwest. So, put this off for another
day and hope for the best. (wood thumping) (tarp rasping) (hammer thumping) (brush and branches rustling) (tree roots crunching) (brush and branches rustling) You look sleepy, wanna go have a nap while I do this? (brush and branches rustling) (measuring tape squealing) (tool thumping) (measuring tape squeaking) What did you hear? Squirrel? (Cali growls) (Cali barks) (Cali growling and barking) (tool thumping) You wanna take this one? Dig, dig here. Dig right here. Here. Get this. Here. Dig it out. Dig it out. Wanna dig? (tool thumping) (tree roots crunching) (shovel thumping and rasping) (tree roots crunching) Well, that’s the best digging
I’ve had yet on this property. (tree roots crunching) (shovel rasping) Could almost use a post-hole
shovel on this one, the ground’s soft, at
least for the first foot. Lots of deep soil. Lots of nice, rich soil here. But it’s unlikely it’s going
to continue much further. Is that, (chuckling) yeah. (chuckling) Hopefully they’re just small stones. (shovel thumping) (shovel rasping) (tree roots crunching) A wood thrush. Oh, no, it was a chickadee or something. (tool thumping) What do you think? At least you’re a dog, right? (ax thumping) (metal clanging hollowly) (hammer thumping) (metal clanging hollowly) (hammer thumping) Well, at least now I
know what it looks like and it doesn’t look good. So I will not be leavin’ it, but it’ll do for this fall at least. I think, like I said, in a prior video, that it’s evident I’m
not crazy about metal. Like I said in a prior video, I think what I’ll do is change this roof, raise this up, or take this apart, reuse the materials and put
a shed roof goin’ that way, but I’ll wait ’til spring to do that. I think this metal will be fine to protect this wood for this year. I left a little air gap between, on this, like underneath here, and this is that two by four, and then lots of air, 2
1/2 inches up underneath, and then more than that up here, so lots of cover, or lots of clearance. But this doesn’t fit with
the look of the thing, the whole kitchen, it needs some work, but, like I said, it’s
functional for this year. So I’ll revisit the whole
thing again in the spring. (dog toy squeaking) For now, Cali, will you
not do that, please? Oh, no, here, leave it. Thank you. So, for this year, my urgent project is to get the first
couple of rows, at least, of logs on the bathhouse, and whatever stone work I
need to do for the fireplace for that woodstove that
I’m using to heat the rocks that creating the heat in the sauna. So that will be my priority before the snow flies in
the next month and a half. And then I’ve got some
more work to do inside, and then I can finish the
sauna or the bathhouse over the course of the winter. But, right now, I’m feelin’ pretty good about bein’ prepared for winter this year. Last year was such a panic thing, didn’t even have the roof on the cabin, but this year, I feel pretty comfortable. I’ve got lots of firewood, I just have to keep bringin’ it in, keep stacking it into the woodshed, and to get a metal roof on that woodshed. And that’s pretty well it for
the majority of the projects, so spring next year will
end up bein’ the woodshop, the root cellar, for sure, and then, if I have time, I’ll
get on to the guest house. So that’s it for this video. Thanks for watching. I look forward to seeing
you up the cabin next time. Take care. (leaves rustling) (bird chirping) (footsteps thumping) (animal howling)

100 thoughts on The Building Site for the Log Cabin Bathhouse | Wilderness Sauna Ep.1

  1. ???! Your a pretty darn good tin-bender! ??? I think you told me that one time that you are experienced in that trade! Good job

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  3. Can't express enough how much I enjoy and appreciate your videos. In this day and age there are many things that people are not capable of doing nor do they even attempt to try new things to challenge themselves. Your message in this video about the difficulty associated with a wilderness lifestyle and the continual learning process associated with that lifestyle was well taken. I am sure there are many that would love to do what you are doing but would be defeated in a short term. Your channel is amazing and I admire your work ethic. I have already watched your most recent videos but I am going back now to watch others. Best to you Shawn and your dog Cali is awesome!!! Makes me laugh often!

  4. Shawn I really enjoy your series on both life in the wilderness and building your cabin and homestead. I really want to try some of your building techniques on our own land in Idaho. Thanks!

  5. I am homeless and my dream is some cabin like this.I want to do one cabine for mi but i don know where.I am in España but if i do cabin here the police will destroy it.I don't know where,i don't know when,but one day i will have cabin like this or caravana.I will dream in bad and i will die in MY PLACE.

  6. Shawn, I love all your plans/ideas. I really hope it goes GREAT for ya. I love the videos you post. I sure like living through your videos. I am learning so much from some of the things you do. What a GREAT life you are living. Be Safe and take care.

  7. Hey Shawn,
    Addicted to your channel!
    You're so amazing!
    Kudos to you, your wife & kids, while you build your life off the land!
    As a city gal, just wondering about ticks our there in the wilderness and if you guys & Cali have been affected?
    How do you keep bears away and if you're armed, just on case?
    Peace & safety from Portland, OR!
    Thank you

  8. I'm a recent subscriber and have been trying to watch as many videos as I can and this has been the only time I have heard Cali bark or woof! Bless her little heart.

  9. You said you were making a guest cabin why not make the original guest cabin and use all your new skills to yourself a new cabin for you and your family

  10. Bom dia, legal o quarto de higiene, tipica, simples mas pelo menos existe.
    O canto de esse pássaro, eu escutei " Hola Hola Hola" kkkkkk que lindinho e que Son forte que ele tem.
    Aqui chove muito hoje e eu e meu café estamos relaxados assistindo esse vídeo, interesante porque se sente como se estivéssemos dentro dele.que interessante a construção dessas cabanas com troncos de árvores de pinos. Não deve ser fácil construir sem ajuda porque são bem pesadas e tem que ter muita força nos braços pra levantar e des locar elas de um lado para outro.
    O cachorrinho uma gracinha de querido, sempre acompanhado seu dono em tudo e muito atento a ruídos estranhos.
    Os detalhes de terminação do forno a lenha para realizar pães e pizzas ficou muito bonito. Cada dia a cabana vai ficando mais equipada e bonita.

  11. Why didn't you just build the outhouse and the bathhouse in one room? I would have attached it to the cabin. A woman doesn't enjoy leaving their house to take a bath. Also, put the outdoor kitchen on the porch. Why so far away from the main house? Keep floors in cabin warm with hotwater pipes. under the floor somehow.

    How will the bathhouse stay warm? Will you put a stove in there? Are you collecting rainwater or do you have a well? How will you get the water to fill the tub automatically?

    A backhole would clear the land much easier than breaking your back! I viewed so many roots and rocks in the soil.

  12. I enjoy watching your wonderful escapades, although unfortunately it does make me feel completely inadequate and hopeless ? your skills are incredible. Some how I get a sense of contentment and comfort watching you. Its a weird combination of emotions i confront from my couch ?

  13. Love Cali! Love watching her grow up into an exceptional dog! Love this channel! It'll take me a while to get through it all, but I don't want to run out! Question though if I may, when you build the workshop, will you reload ammunition there? That's a very expensive investment in modern equipment, or will you do it Frontier-style? Black Powder?

  14. You are speaking about keeping your small fridge as an icebox. You should check out "BOSS OF THE SWAMP" He made an icebox an icebox in his cabin which is heavily insulated with board styrofoam and frozen bottles of ice with a small vent to the outside which regulates the temperature. It works brilliantly and maybe you can pick up an idea or two from him.

  15. Your living my dream, I would love to live with just me and my dogs, still working on figuring a ways to get what I want where I want, was thinking Montana, I love watching your videos and learning, thanks a bunch, cute dog too ?

  16. I have to agree with so many others, other than one or two spiritual sites this is "the site that is the dream of my life to go back to those days. I would love for someone like you around my area that has a dream for the tools I have that was my grandpa's. Drilling the holes in the walls I have all those tools. I get a lot of blessings watching this. Thank you

  17. Permaculture is the method used everywhere for successful planting of any kind. If you had not mentioned it, I would have mentioned it.
    You work well Bravo !!!

  18. Wouldnt it be better to make a greenhouse next to your cabin? Clear a few trees to get the sunrays in. Share the heat from the stove with the greenhouse next to your cabin.You'd be able to control moisture, soil and temperature and even when keeping the plants small you'd still get decent sized veggies. Fermenting and or bottling to make a stock.

  19. Your uploads give me sense of harmony and nostalgia at the same time, which is beautiful in itself 🙂
    Your channel deserves many million of followers x

  20. Shawn, as promised: It’s real: you’re now a patron of Shawn James! My amount is small but others will build it.

  21. My mom (she's 88 yo btw) and I just started watching your videos yesterday and end up until 2 am. She loves the interaction between you and Casey. It's her dream to live in the countryside, that's why can't stop watching you.

  22. Solar panels are self reliant. You are harnessing energy from the sun. Maintaining them yourself, etc… You can't get more self-reliant than that.

  23. shawn  que tipo de pajarraco  es que se escucha  parece que dijera  hola hola en el minuto 8:43 es una urraca  o que  ,  parece que  te saludara  desde arriba  hola hola  en castellano  . y lo repite en los siguientes  minutos  , reviza el video

  24. סלחה על התגבה אולי לא רצויה . אתה יותר מדבר ואוכל לבריאות תן לראות את היפה שאתה עושה . הנוף והסביבה יפה לעין . על כל פנים תודה לסרטונים היפים

  25. Love all that you've done with your property. For your gardening and farming you'd get a lot out of Paul Gautschi's Back To Eden Gardening. Check him out on YT – he has gardens and orchards in very similar soil/terrain (Washington State in the US). No dig, and no plowing and rich rich soil that doesn't need watering. Paul has chickens too and they are a great source of fertilizer.
    God bless.

  26. Hey Sean. Love your videos. Did you ever show how you did the floor under the wood stove? I saw where you started it but never saw the end.

  27. whenever you decided to build a cabin you need to own the land right? i dont know how canada works. and do you still require building permits? im super interested in doing something like this.


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  30. wonder if you’ve thought of building a simple water tank to sit by the garden and have a small pump fill it all day in the summer, let it irritate the garden. wound require hose or pipe, obviously

  31. City Life: Take Time to make the money needed to live

    Off Grid Life: Take Time to make the things needed to live

    Considering we dont use Money anymore we use currency and purchasing power is leaked out every minute of every day id much rather spend my time making the things i need to live.

  32. I know this video is a year old but I just watched the first part (will watch the rest in a minute) and you talked about bringing in compost and moose droppings to amend the soil. You have a great source of soil enrichment right near you: the muck from the marsh area. Bring some of that up and dump it, let it dry out a bit and till it in just once and you'll have tomatoes the size of basketballs. Love your videos and my cat LOVES watching Cali.

  33. Don't fuss at Cali she is having fun, it does not bother the video she is a blessing. Enjoy your place, enjoy her, stay safe

  34. Had always wondered approximately where you were located. Spent a lot of time in North Bay/Sudbury area. Flying in from the states, I could always see the little lakes and places, thinking what a great place it would be to have a cabin and get away from everything. Heaven on earth, brother!

  35. I live in Russia, Siberia. I watch your films regularly. I wish I knew what you were talking about, but what you're doing is great!

  36. I got to thinking about different materials on your property that you can use as compost in your garden to possibly shorten the time you have to wait before your garden soil is fertile enough: swamp/pond sludge, hardwood leaves, ash, ashes are good, wood chips, any and all poop of course, and soil being dug for other projects(cellar, etc). Im sure you have thought of these things, I just hate you have to wait 2 years to grow! On the topis of planting "enriching" crops, here in coastal south Carolina, soy beans are out go-to soil enrichment/soild stabilizer/soil builder…… I plant perennial clover in my food plots for hunting and every few years i grow a couple harvests of soy beans to bring the soil back up to snuff to grow another round of clover. Just comparing notes, very interesting. I love your channel.

  37. Bio char for soil is a fast fix, cold storage on the north side and green house on the south dug into hill growing microgreens all year.

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