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Dragging Out Last Logs by Hand for Log Cabin | 11 | - One Man Traditional Log Cabin series

  • Am 13 Apr 2020 veröffentlicht
  • Episode 11 on the traditional log cabin series!
    I just graduated from high school and want a big challenge in life. I decided that I alone with only hand tools and raw power was going to build my own traditional off grid log cabin by hand in the Swedish forest.
    In this episode I am dragging out the last logs for the traditional log cabin and debarking them.
    Next episode I will be debarking the last logs, then the building will start again!
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  • Pat Shields
    Pat Shields Vor year +72

    When square footage is tight, it helps if statement pieces are both charming BestTiny.House and useful. An old wood-burning stove brings a vintage vibe to new construction and also heats the entire place.

  • Bo Breeze
    Bo Breeze Vor 2 years +23

    I am so stoked to see someone else my age who values the hard work and craftsmanship of building something from nothing, all without power tools. I also just graduated and am looking for land in Alaska to move to and build my own log cabin. I watched through all of your videos in search of the best way to move larger logs as i will be remote without power, to see that all it takes is some elbow grease. Maybe some well placed snatch blocks would make it a little easier. Super admirable work man!

  • Fredrik Hammarbäck
    Fredrik Hammarbäck Vor 2 years +7

    Är så sjukt imponerad av ditt arbete och försöker själv lära mig om timra och byggnadsvård. Finns mycket guldkorn på DEclips och din kanal är ett hörn :)

  • claire wink
    claire wink Vor 2 years +5

    Extraordinary effort and single mindedness. What an inspirational achievement. I’ve been moving much smaller logs this morning and I am wiped! Good to see you, Erik.

  • Butler Mill Works
    Butler Mill Works Vor 2 years +6

    Really cool video, I appreciate you moving all those logs by hand! Love seeing your progress, keep it up!

  • Peter Ellis
    Peter Ellis Vor 2 years +7

    I've had to do much the same. Having a "come-along" - a manually operated cable winch - or a powered winch, makes this process much easier than trying to move the logs without mechanical advantage. If you need to do more work like this and you don't have any sort of winch on hand, there's a device made from rope and a couple of logs that's called a "flip-flop winch" that you could put together very quickly in your situation and that could save you loads of time and physical strain. Rollers help a great deal, but adding in some basic mechanical advantage makes a world of difference.

    • Bill Shun
      Bill Shun Vor 8 Monate

      Only used basic tools that’s his selling point

    • clay carpenter
      clay carpenter Vor 9 Monate +1

      I think the physical strain the beauty of it. Do you know how many people would say 'screw all that'? We look for easier ways to do things and make excuses with saying like "Work smarter, not harder". This young man deserves the utmost respect. He said it was a challenge to himself and he took no short cuts or easier ways. Just the very necessary of hand tools and brute strength and might. Well oops he did add a tape measure into the mix 😂

  • Big IrishBalls
    Big IrishBalls Vor year +3

    Absolutely amazing- can’t believe I am sitting here watching a kid build the best ever cabin with ease .. kudos to this young man he’s definitely awesome!

  • Jappel
    Jappel Vor 2 years +25

    Just seeing this video pop up makes me so happy in this weird times. Keep up the good work and stay safe

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +3

      Of course. Thank you, more videos are coming! 👍

  • Greg Bowman
    Greg Bowman Vor 2 years +2

    What you've accomplished by yourself is amazing, looking forward to many more vids from you.

  • Phil Copeland
    Phil Copeland Vor 2 years +3

    Erik; I greatly admire your labour and ingenuity in moving the lumber for your cabin. I am interested to know what the trees are which you have felled and prepared for the building.

  • Sam Vittoria
    Sam Vittoria Vor 2 years +4

    Great job and lots of hard work. Could you do a lineup of all the tools you use ? Thanks. Love the vids

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +3

      Yes thanks for reminding me. I will add that one day. Maybe make a video on it.

  • ProJectMan81
    ProJectMan81 Vor 2 years +5

    Ser bra ut Erik, som vanligt. Du kämpar på. Härligt att se. Ska bli kul att följa när du börjar timmra igen. Att hålla på med hederligt kroppsarbete håller huvudet kallt. 👊😉👍

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +2

      Tack. Jag har redan börjat timra, så video på det kommer snart. Jag ska sen göra video på hur jag kommer få upp stockarna så högt upp på byggnaden för hand. Blir spännande! 👌

  • Nixon Bushcraft
    Nixon Bushcraft Vor 2 years +1

    Hey man your videos are awesome! I really enjoy watching them. How long does it take to dry a log?

  • Andreas Karlsson
    Andreas Karlsson Vor 2 years +9

    När du ska ha upp stockarna på bockarna, försök använda hävstångseffekten så du kan använda din tyngd i stället. Hjälpte en äldre gubbe att timmra för många år sedan. Han hade mycket olika knep för att inte lyfta som du gör.

  • J B
    J B Vor 2 years +2

    Eric...you are amazing...do not stop what you are doing...I'm following in your tracks when I find my track of land...I love your techniques and wisdom...thankyou for videotaping for us...I know it slows your progress, but you are sacrificing for me and others to be able to do what you exemplify ❤

  • Soul Scout
    Soul Scout Vor 2 years +2

    You are amazing, Erik. You have my full respect of what you do and how you're build the cabin.

  • Santos
    Santos Vor 2 years +3

    It is impressive to see your motivation and the beauty of the work you do. I love your videos. Much encouragement and greetings from Spain

  • Larry325
    Larry325 Vor 2 years +4

    Erik. Great video. Much respect, you are a worker. You must be one hungry tired guy at night. Look forward to the next. Enjoy your journey 👍👍

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +5

      Thank you. Haha yes always very tired when I am done for the day, love that feeling.

  • Leif Paulin
    Leif Paulin Vor 2 years +11

    And remember, no windows on the north side of the cabin! Old tradition. And door opening to the vest or south if possible. That is the way to utilise daylight and snow melting easier on front side then.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +2

      Never thought about that but the door will be facing west. So that was a plus. ;)

  • dberry99
    dberry99 Vor 2 years +1

    Impressed! I built my own house, but I had a tractor and every power tool I could possibly need.

  • Angelia Oswalt
    Angelia Oswalt Vor year +1

    You are doing a fine job. Much respect to you. Straight up badass

  • George Deeds not words
    George Deeds not words Vor 2 years +3

    First off nice job , now for the bad news . Would have been easier and faster to use some rope and pulleys to drag logs out . Keep up the good work and remember "work smarter not harder" and "Deeds not words"

  • Paul George
    Paul George Vor 2 years +3

    I like what you are doing with this log cabin build at a young age. Can I give you a tip. Watching a 25min video of you hauling logs can be bit mundane. Add a lit bit more other content to keep your viewers interested. Keep up the good work Erik.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +3

      Thank you, yes indeed I want to add more on other stuff, but this was basically all I did at the time just dragging out logs.

  • sergio quiroz
    sergio quiroz Vor 2 years +1

    tenes mucha creatividad a la hora de mover la madera un saludo y feliz dia continue asi

  • k2rts
    k2rts Vor 6 Monate

    great work there, how far have you managed to get with the building?

  • William Shearon
    William Shearon Vor 2 years +40

    Son, no one can ever accuse you of being lazy. Well they can but if they do then they do not know what there talking about. I wish a lot more kids had your will power and work ethic.

    • djsjajjsjs
      djsjajjsjs Vor 2 years +5

      @Erik Grankvist good job u are young to do this work God loves u will take care of u

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +6

      I really appreciate it William, thank you! 💪

  • McRocket
    McRocket Vor 2 years +1

    Wow - getting the logs to the camp seems to be the physically hardest part of the whole thing.
    Fortunately for you - logs are not square. 😉

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years

      Yes it sometimes is the one thing that takes the longest time, depending on how far away the tree is and how big. 👍

  • Steven Schwagel
    Steven Schwagel Vor 2 years +2

    I wonder why sometimes you strip the logs from the bottom up and sometimes you work from the top down? Enjoy this very much.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +3

      I always test different strategies to see which is easier. The bark at the bottom is always harder to peel of on spruce. So start at the top of the log and peel walking backwards towards the bottom. Then you don't have to start by digging through the thick bark there.

  • The True Path
    The True Path Vor 2 years +2

    Erik i'm new here in sweden what are the rules and regulations for cutting trees. Im planing to build a log cabin for myself.

  • Sarita Singh
    Sarita Singh Vor 2 years +2

    Brave and hardworking in my eyes you are successful

  • Gisele Contassot Desayvre

    Bonsoir Monsieur..un travail de titan.. à l'ancienne..''chapeau bas''👍

  • Nisse Mjuk
    Nisse Mjuk Vor 2 years +4

    Fin video som vanligt!👍

  • Knochenschnitzer
    Knochenschnitzer Vor 2 years +1

    Nice work!
    But why don't you use a pulley and a bipod to move the logs?

  • Denys Tanguay
    Denys Tanguay Vor 2 years +2

    Tu travaille fort, et tu es très débrouillard; tu as toute mon admiration........ Félicitations.

  • Larry Jacobs
    Larry Jacobs Vor 2 years +2

    What makes you decide to use the Axe or the Saw too cut up the logs?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +2

      I prefer the saw, safer and less effort. But sometime the log is put in strain or bent that the saw gets stuck from any angel. Then it is easier to use an axe. Plus it is very enjoyable to use an axe.

  • Jappel
    Jappel Vor 2 years +3

    Question what kind of draw knife do you use for stripping the bark from the logs. Is it a draw knife from Gränsfors?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +4

      Yess of course. It is Gränsfors draw knife. I am VERY pleased with it. I can get it easily razer sharp (which is very important), compared to the one I had before. I highly recommend this draw knife if you are going to be pealing a lot of logs.

  • Bob Walker
    Bob Walker Vor 2 years +2

    Nice job!

  • Carley van Tatenhove
    Carley van Tatenhove Vor 2 years +3

    Following you for quiete some time now.
    Keep up the good work and stay safe.

  • Bradley Schneider
    Bradley Schneider Vor 2 years +21

    Boy that's some terrible looking terrain to haul logs outta even if you had a tractor. Nice work young man

  • J B
    J B Vor 2 years +1

    And p.s. this is truly back building work as muscles are building. Not back braking work even when I commit to my home at age 55. I will build and rebuild my muscle. Thankyou Eric, will definitely sleep well...so amazing!

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      I am glad to hear that my friend. Thank you and good luck.

  • Richard Lay
    Richard Lay Vor 2 years +2

    Using old and traditional methods. I salute you for this. You should view the video, Alone in the Wilderness.

    • Richard Lay
      Richard Lay Vor 2 years +2

      @Erik Grankvist You are a third generation of followers of him. There were those who did in his lifetime. There are several in Canada that are older who have learned from him including Shawn James. You ought to check him out on his DEclips channel: my self reliance. Then there is you.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +3

      Dick Proenneke was actually a huge inspiration for me and why I wanted to do this. Living like he did is an absolute dream. :)

  • larry ritch
    larry ritch Vor 2 years

    I believe a block and tackle set would make things a little easier

  • Jeanpaul Silve
    Jeanpaul Silve Vor 2 years +4

    courage l'ami😙

  • Nils Åhrström
    Nils Åhrström Vor 2 years +2

    Hi Erik, what part of Sweden is this? Nice weather!

  • Leif Paulin
    Leif Paulin Vor 2 years +2

    Duktig barkning. Bra teknik du har!

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years

      Tack! Man har ju barkat några stockar nu totalt för bygget. ;)

  • Rowan Fernsler
    Rowan Fernsler Vor 2 years +3

    Surprised you don’t get too noticeably tired from all that. I play with my puppy for 5 minutes and I’m exhausted. Glad to see that you’re still uploading even with the whole CCP virus going on.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +4

      Yes I am nearly not effected at all from the virus, so videos will keep on coming.👍

    • Orthodox Christian
      Orthodox Christian Vor 2 years +4

      Rowan Fernsler its the fresh air

  • ken barr
    ken barr Vor 2 years +2

    I like what you're doing, but you're going to have a hernia by the time you're 25. I built full scribe log homes for a bit, I really enjoyed working with the logs.

  • punkloader
    punkloader Vor 2 years +1

    You could do with a horse... 😁
    Great work, you be strong after this cabin is done. 👍🏻

  • Eduar Reyes
    Eduar Reyes Vor 2 years

    Eres un bravo ,trabajas solo y eso es duro.

  • Ruud Blomsma
    Ruud Blomsma Vor 11 Monate

    Using only handtools! Respect!

  • Witali Bachmann
    Witali Bachmann Vor 2 years +1

    Gute Haltung👍

  • President Trump
    President Trump Vor 2 years +3

    After watching this video I needed a nap. lol! Great job!

  • Myles
    Myles Vor 2 years +2

    Nice video!

  • Cabin in the woods

    This young man is going to get old fast.

    FORREST Vor 2 years +2

    What's the average butt diameter of the logs you're using ?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +2

      20-30 cm. I don't want to big logs that I can not move by hand.

  • Brogen Kastl
    Brogen Kastl Vor 2 years +8

    I bet sitting down to eat after a long days work is just amazing.

  • clyde mccall
    clyde mccall Vor 2 years +5

    watch (ousider vid on moving logs) it will save time and your back. keep it up

  • Rock Broccoli
    Rock Broccoli Vor 2 years +9

    When do you get the time & energy to read all the comments?!? Greetings from Canada

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +7

      I try to read everything in the morning while working on the videos. And sometimes in evening to.

  • miroslav putnik
    miroslav putnik Vor 2 years

    Somebody send this young man "" come along "" to help him in his experiment

  • Living Life
    Living Life Vor 2 years +2

    We used to burn green pine to ward off mosquitoes

  • Peter Wagenknecht
    Peter Wagenknecht Vor 2 years

    Why don't u get 4 wheels and two axles attach them to the log via straps or ropes and wheel the log down the hill

  • Stephen Whittier
    Stephen Whittier Vor 2 years +2

    Put a strap around the log and pull it, your going to ruin your back the way you do it !

  • Emiliano Santiago Zarate Huertas

    Porque talas árboles ?
    Y no usas los q ya están caídos 😢

  • трезвый сантехник

    малый я смотрю твои видео , ты молодец , крсавЧег , соблюдай технику безопасности самое главное ! , но ты мне скажи тебе большие ёлки валить не жалко ?)

  • Jeff Evans
    Jeff Evans Vor 2 years +2


  • Larry Jacobs
    Larry Jacobs Vor 2 years +2

    Also, what happened to your Tractor?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +2

      I used to use the tractor for logs that were too far away at the time. Now I have grown a bit stronger physically and mentally so these trees are accessible by hand. Why I don't want to take every closest tree down around camp? Then there wouldn't be any forest left there. I want to thin out the forest and still maintain/ preserve it. 👍

  • Mchael Montaudouin
    Mchael Montaudouin Vor 2 years +3


  • Ramon Bauti
    Ramon Bauti Vor 2 years

    💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻desde España

  • Aamber
    Aamber Vor 2 years +1

    Wow those woods are a death trap..you keep getting hung up & tripping over all the stuff on the ground, clearing it out would take some time in the begining however the efficiency & time gained not to mention accidents prevented will be PRICELESS. Try it.

    • Goldenhawk583
      Goldenhawk583 Vor 2 years +1

      How many acres do you suggest he clears ? and what to do with the trees growing between the boulders.. oh, and what to do with the boulders?

  • John Crawford
    John Crawford Vor 2 years +3

    Good exercise in manual work...did he run out of fuel for his Tractor? Jc

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +4

      Haha Yes I used to use it for logs that were too far away at the time. Now that I have grown stronger physically and mentally these trees are accessible by hand. Why I don't want to take every closest tree down around camp? Then there wouldn't be any forest left there. I want to thin out the forest and still maintain/ preserve it. 👍

  • سّـلماننء S
    سّـلماننء S Vor 2 years +1


  • Un Know
    Un Know Vor year

    👍👍👍 My Dream.

  • Brian Jetty
    Brian Jetty Vor 2 years +2

    Lots of dead wood on the forest floor. Fuel for a future inferno if not cleaned up.

    • Aamber
      Aamber Vor 2 years


    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      Yes. I have put in a lot of work picking up that wood and more will be done.

  • Loda
    Loda Vor 2 years +2

    dang it you need a mule

  • Lars Kiel
    Lars Kiel Vor 2 years +4


  • İrem Fırat
    İrem Fırat Vor year

    Why are you burning stuff? To get rid of them?

  • Hati S
    Hati S Vor 2 years

    Tip: Get a hernia belt ;)

  • Sonel Hidalgo
    Sonel Hidalgo Vor 2 years +3

    Good job.. baby..... You really amazing ireally really love you.. 🙈🙈🙈😍😍😍😍

  • William Ellis
    William Ellis Vor 2 years +3

    Talk about hard work!,!!

  • Carlos Juan
    Carlos Juan Vor 2 years +2


    • Carlos Juan
      Carlos Juan Vor 2 years +2

      Thx un poco de todo I’m here to see this

  • Hasan Kömlek
    Hasan Kömlek Vor 2 years

    bol şans T U R K EY...

  • Manik Singh Salaria
    Manik Singh Salaria Vor 2 years

    U can make simply make tin shed ,no need of cutting valuable tress for making video to upload on youtube ,

    • Goldenhawk583
      Goldenhawk583 Vor 2 years +4

      And where do you think tin comes from? The store? It has to be mined somewhere, then purified, then melted into sheets, then transported. Trees can be ( and are) replanted, they will not disappear. Mining for metals is very bad for nature.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +6

      Yes I want to live in a tin shed rest of my life when I have so many valuable trees. Better to live in materials that come from somewhere else. 👍