Benjamin Spall

Log Cabin in a Forest

Earlier today I was pointed toward a video by Canadian outdoorsman, photographer, and self-reliance educator Shawn James.

The video is a five-minute time-lapse of James building a log cabin from scratch in the Canadian wilderness. You can watch it below:

I’ve seen similar videos to this in the past, but there is something about watching this time-lapse that, while massively underplaying the effort that this would have taken James, is truly magnificent to watch.

Using only hand tools, this was a one-man effort worthy of a medal. And while the time and resources to undertake such an effort is, of course, not available to all of us, I thank James, and others like him, for documenting his experience so the rest of us can enjoy it. (This reminds me of a thought I had a few months ago that we should create and share things because it’s rude to just consume. It’s uncivilized. This is part of the reason why I restarted this blog.)

For more from James, check out his website, on which he links to all his current videos. ∎

Benjamin Spall is the co-author of My Morning Routine (Portfolio/Penguin). He has written for outlets including the New York Times, New York Observer, Quartz, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, CNBC, and more.

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Spall, B. (2018, February 1). Log Cabin in a Forest. Retrieved from