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Video: Building A Log Cabin In The Wilderness

Video- Building A Log Cabin In The WildernessVideo: Building A Log Cabin In The Wilderness
Photo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYJKd0rkKss

This video by swererbob is the first in a three part series that features the exploits of Dick Proenneke, who decided back in 1968 at the age of 51 to take on the challenge of living alone in Alaska. This is extreme off-grid living and not for the faint-hearted! He made this film at the beginning of his 30 years in the wilderness and it shows clearly how he constructed a log cabin to live in, entirely with simple hand tools.

There’s a lot of inspiration in this short film and clear demonstrations of some of the building techniques used. This remarkable man decided to ask himself a few important questions, such as “What am I capable of, that I don’t know yet?”. The cabin that Dick built is reported to be still standing to this day!

The log cabin is ideally suited to the harsh environment of the far north and is usually made from materials found at the site – it provides a cozy living space and safety from wild animals, especially bears. We found these great sites that will give you all kinds of useful info about building a log cabin:
http://www.cabc.net/tips-building-log-cabin
http://www.logbuilding.co.za/whybuildloghomes.html
There are a lot of reasons why building with logs is better for the environment too!

Log cabins are up to 15 percent more efficient than standard wood-frame homes for both heating and cooling. Humidity problems do not occur in log cabins in the same way they occur in standard homes because the timber breathes.

Anyone who is interested in living a life in the wilderness, or spending long periods of time there, would do well to learn from those that have gone before – Dick Proenneke offers a great example and both Bradford Angier and Calvin Rutstrum have written many books based on their own extensive experience, on survival, adventure and building cabins. There are many courses now available and the skills can usually be learned in a week or 10 days.

If you have a log cabin of your own, or intend to buy or build one, the most important thing you need to do is to maintain the outside and the caulking (the sealant between the logs). If the weather gets in, it can rot the timber and replacing any one log will be a major job. Don’t let this put you off – there are some timber structures built this way that have lasted up to 1000 years!

Okay, here is the video: