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How To Lift Heavy Logs on Log Cabin with Simple Tools! | 15 | - One Man Traditional Log Cabin series

  • Am 7 Jul 2020 veröffentlicht
  • Episode 15 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 first building a ramp so I can lift the heavy logs up so high, then it is just me building lots of layers of logs by hand, getting the log cabin walls close to done.
    Next video will be something new before next episode comes.
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    If you wish to follow me on this journey, from forest to off grid log cabin, then SUBSCRIBE!!
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  • marcus holtzheimer
    marcus holtzheimer Vor 2 years +12

    So cool to see someone my age (maybe younger?) doing a log cabin build and in a traditional style too? Great work man, it was once a standard skill to be able to build your own house and honestly I’d rather spend my time and money doing that than working a job I don’t like just to afford rent the rest of my life.

  • Lu Blinkツ
    Lu Blinkツ Vor 2 years +41

    Two things.
    First: I can't wait to see what this beautiful cabin will look like.
    Second: go ahead! I know you can do it and most importantly. Never give up!
    It's hard to make a cabin, but then you stare and think: wow and I made this wonderful cabin.
    So never give up boy, we all know u can do that! Greetings from Argentina🇦🇷🇦🇷🇦🇷

    • Lu Blinkツ
      Lu Blinkツ Vor 2 years +2

      Awww thank you for the heart. But still serious what I said, I appreciate your great effort and patience to create that cabin. Not everyone can lift those giant logs or cut them. (I'm one😅). Keep it up!

  • JMWhitney
    JMWhitney Vor 2 years +16

    In a world full of talkers, so nice to see your detailed craftsmanship speak for itself. Much respect.

  • Raynies Solo
    Raynies Solo Vor year +14

    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.

  • Dean Beauvais
    Dean Beauvais Vor 2 years +37

    Your patience and attention to detail is outstanding.

    RANDALLOLOGY Vor 2 years +7

    WOW, that is some back breaking work, especially doing it by yourself. The care you are taking with each logs fitment will allow that to stand for 100 years or more.

  • Jeff Evans
    Jeff Evans Vor 2 years +4

    I've been watching a couple of different guys build these log homes and have concluded this guy is far better than all I've watched. His technique of concaving the bottom of each log so when rolled into place a nice tight seam is made.

    • Jeff Evans
      Jeff Evans Vor 2 years +3

      @Erik Grankvist yeah I tried to watch a guy building his but when he just rolled one log onto another I had to turn it off. Your technique is more work but the sealing of logs can't be matched. Your the only I seen do the concaving.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years

      Thank you my friend. :)

  • MajorSelfPain
    MajorSelfPain Vor 2 years +6

    Well done. It ia looking great. As it get taller, you could use a block and tackle to help lift the trunks up. A simple one could be made from the wood you have lying about by carving 3 holes in a block. 2 would be in the upper area (make sure they are symmetrical) and one in a lower area (load time off point). When using it grease the holes with tallow or butter to ease friction. This should in theory increase your pulling power. It can be used in conjunction with the lifting guides you made. It is only a thought.
    well done.

  • chas viaud
    chas viaud Vor 2 years +9

    Welcome back Erik, missed you building the cabin by hand as the pioneers did centuries ago, it's unbelievable that you are just out of high school. It's a tedious job in which I can't wait for your next posting, keep up the great work.

  • Alan Benjamín
    Alan Benjamín Vor 2 years +1

    Saludos desde Argentina bro, aprecio tu esfuerzo y paciencia que tienes para estos tipos de trabajos . Sigue asi ❤

  • Carlos
    Carlos Vor 2 years +3

    It is very good to monitor its construction! I'm looking for ideas on rustic wooden construction and it's been interesting to follow these steps! 😁👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I'm from Brazil, your videos are getting far!

  • Moka
    Moka Vor 2 years +103

    De no ser por Un Poco De Todo no conocera este hermoso canal, como es que no tiene millones de subs?!

    • Hcp
      Hcp Vor 2 years

      @Nathan uoooooooo 😳

    • Nathan
      Nathan Vor 2 years

      @Matías mendez tur doun for wat 💪😈👌

    • Matías mendez
      Matías mendez Vor 2 years +1

      Agus yasnig en realidad , ya ha respondido comentarios en español ( usa el traductor)

    • Agus yasnig
      Agus yasnig Vor 2 years

      Es una pena de que el pibe no entiende nada de lo que escribiste

    • Diego Gonzalez Leza
      Diego Gonzalez Leza Vor 2 years +3

      @Adrian Santos vine*

  • Dale Premo
    Dale Premo Vor 2 years +4

    Well done, Erik. Your work is very impressive and neat. Just a little tip: if you make a small score with your saw on the bottom of a log you're cutting off, it won't splinter when you cut through from the top.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +2

      Thank you for the tip. I normally do that, but sometimes forget.

  • Richey Harris
    Richey Harris Vor year +8

    This is something I always wanted to do but I hurt my back so take care of yours and keep up the good work I'm enjoying your channel

  • Sari
    Sari Vor 2 years +2

    You are truly an inspiration, Erik! And that is going to be one beautiful cabin. I love the videos and what you are doing! Can't wait for the next one.

  • Ken Bowers
    Ken Bowers Vor 2 years +3

    Glad to see you back, its been a while. All is looking beautiful! The sounds of nature, the axe and the saw are so relaxing to me. You are a talented young man. Keep safe and healthy. Ken in Ontario Canada.

  • マル
    マル Vor 2 years +4

    The sound the log makes when he slots it into place is so satisfying. And the fit! Just wow!

  • María Fernanda Solano Granados

    Dude, amazing work, I love that you appeared in "Un poco de todo". I'm wishing to see how you finish the cabin. Good luck, a hug from Costa Rica 😁👌

  • Jake Scott
    Jake Scott Vor 2 years +6

    You should tie off the other end of the rope to a tree on the other side of the cabin. That would create a simple pulley that would reduce the force required to lift the logs.

  • Gary Mucher
    Gary Mucher Vor 2 years +3

    Amazing abilities with the cabin and your throwing prowess. The walls on the cabin are absolutely solid. Obviously lots of very hard work. Thumbs Up for sure!

  • Ekaterina L
    Ekaterina L Vor 8 Monate

    I must say, very relaxing and soothing to watch your job. This natural speed helps to slow down, not to be in a hurry. Thank you!

  • Rob Marquis
    Rob Marquis Vor 2 years +2

    Great video. Good to see you back. The cabin looks fantastic! All of your hard work is paying off, and I love the axe throwing segment at the end.

    CLAY STONE Vor 2 years +1

    Bravo, very Good work you are talented no doubt and could Survive where many could not. Thank you for sharing your craftsmanship to the World. God Bless you.

  • Stephany Gates
    Stephany Gates Vor year

    Such a beautiful, organic building technique! Your lifting solution is elegant.

  • Ivan Hedlund
    Ivan Hedlund Vor 2 years +7

    Great idea with the sloping logs. When it starts to get too heavy you can allways add one pulley. Looking forward to see the final result! :)

    • Rock Broccoli
      Rock Broccoli Vor 2 years

      I wondered if you could push the log up the ramp, one side at a time. Then when you get above your reach, you could pull it up with the rope. Could be easier on the hands!

    • Rock Broccoli
      Rock Broccoli Vor 2 years

      Linda NWFirefighter But then you’d have to move your ramp for each log raised.

    • Linda NWFirefighter
      Linda NWFirefighter Vor 2 years

      If I had to do where I’m building my cabin again I would have left a tree in the very middle of the footing. I used a tripod to lift the first few courses up but now I was looking for something else.

  • Phil Copeland
    Phil Copeland Vor 2 years +1

    I enjoy each new episode of your log cabin construction, Erik. Great dedication.

  • starangel0423
    starangel0423 Vor 2 years +2

    Your solution for moving the logs in place is excellent. I do think though that eventually you will have to use some sort of a pulley system once the walls get a bit higher especially when it comes to the roof.

  • Chasse Grive
    Chasse Grive Vor 2 years +5

    Bravo you are really ingenious, and courageous. Arriving on your own to build a house requires a lot of courage, thank you for all of this😎friendly claude from France ( Marseille)

  • Little Tiny House
    Little Tiny House Vor 2 years +1

    Fantastic! This coming just in time, i been trying to move some logs to my truck to take to the mill, and they are just too heavy for me to do it..Tomorrow I’m going to try to build a ramp like yours :D How perfect ! thank you so much!!!

    • Little Tiny House
      Little Tiny House Vor 2 years +1

      Erik Grankvist Found it on the website for 250. Thank you Eric !!!

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      @Little Tiny House It is Gränsfors bruks axes made in Sweden. Bila axe model 1900, and, stor tjäckelyxa

    • Little Tiny House
      Little Tiny House Vor 2 years +1

      Eric would you mind tell me what kind of Axe you using? If I know the name I might be able to buy one in here USA. I know it is you not at the axe doing the work, but still I would like to have one just like yours, will make me feel I am 阿step closer to do good work :)~

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      Glad my videos can help. :)

  • Lampshade
    Lampshade Vor 2 years +8

    I started watching first episodes today and began asking myself “how is he going to get those logs when it gets higher?” then I saw this. Very simple and ingenious way. Love your vids. 👍

  • H S
    H S Vor 2 years +4

    Simple and yet sound clever enough to protect from cold wind. Interesting building techniques.

  • Steven Noel
    Steven Noel Vor 2 years +1

    Erik a wonderful video I always look forward to seeing the progress you’ve made on the cabin everything is coming along splendid. Wishing you all the best . Hope to see more excellent videos soon thank you so much .

  • freddiegetz
    freddiegetz Vor 2 years +1

    I have nothing but admiration for this craft. 🙂🙂🙂😃. Simply Awesome.!!!!

  • Pete Peterson
    Pete Peterson Vor year

    This process matches up with the first requirement on moving large, heavy, awkward objects.
    Namely that you need to smarter than the large, heavy, awkward objects you wish to move.

  • Onubense 1977
    Onubense 1977 Vor 2 years +4

    Hola, impresionante cómo trabajas, sin prisas y porque no, hasta disfrutando. Saludos desde el Sur de España. Espero ver más vídeos.

  • Konstantinos Antoniou
    Konstantinos Antoniou Vor 2 years +1

    Excellent work. We will be waiting for the continue and the finish of the cabin,

  • Northern Woodsman
    Northern Woodsman Vor 2 years +3

    My cabin is smaller but I used my arms to lift the logs up.
    Always nice to see younger people building cabins.

  • David C
    David C Vor 2 years +2

    Great to watch you work again, Erik! Thanks for the video! Cabin is coming along nicely!

  • Paul Machak
    Paul Machak Vor 2 years +1

    Thank you for the latest vid. Your cabin is progressing very nicely. Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration for us all.

  • Solis Crown
    Solis Crown Vor 2 years +5

    I was impressed by all the hard work of cutting and moving the logs into place. When he started throwing the axe, I thought, "Now he's just showing off." 😆

  • DBaca Maker
    DBaca Maker Vor 2 years +4

    That last axe throw was a drop-the-mic moment! I loved it. Mr Al Go Rithm sent me to this very video and I had to go back and binge watch the whole series. You amaze me.

  • Mike Johnson
    Mike Johnson Vor 2 years +2

    Your skills with your tools and your knowledge and precision of use is amazing at your age. Who had the patience for all your years to teach you these skills? Have just finished watching all your videos and cannot wait for the next one!!!

  • Anund Flygare
    Anund Flygare Vor 2 years +2

    Bra jobbat Erik. sköna videos att kolla på det här. Keep up the great work

  • Terrance Miller
    Terrance Miller Vor 2 years +2

    Watching for a while,love every moment. Your skills with your tools are very impressive. The build is looking great, keep up the fine work, should be proud. I am of you.

  • Kevin Kelly
    Kevin Kelly Vor 2 years

    You’re an amazing young man. Whatever you set your mind to in the future, you will accomplish. We had a log cabin along the great Nor-west Miramichi River, New Brunswick, Canada and many wonderful memories were generated there from fishing the wild Atlantic salmon to hunting the elusive white tail buck. Keep up the great work.

  • Rich Howard
    Rich Howard Vor year +1

    Just love the craftsmanship and attention to detail. Pretty darn good with the axe as well.

  • Santos
    Santos Vor 2 years +5

    The cabin looks so beautiful. You are superman !!!! you must be very proud of your work !!!

  • vidabluebelford
    vidabluebelford Vor 2 years +2

    Thank you for the new video. I enjoy your craftsmanship tremendously.

  • Richard Lay
    Richard Lay Vor 2 years +2

    Always enjoy your videos. I get excited when I see that you have loaded one. Relaxing and informative.

  • Linda Petersen
    Linda Petersen Vor year

    This is a great way of getting the logs on up there!!! I saw another way of using pallets for steps as you go higher and higher they also do! The door can be done with shorter logs have those cut for the doorway then it is less of weight for you on that side !!!

  • Anthony Medina
    Anthony Medina Vor 2 years +1

    Great episode. I always look forward to seeing your cabin build. Share more soon

  • McRocket
    McRocket Vor 2 years +2

    With all the madness in the world these days...your simple, relaxing videos are more appreciated by me then ever.
    Thank you.
    BTW - the way you rolled that log up was really innovative...at least to me.

  • dancer9110
    dancer9110 Vor 2 years +2

    Looking good keep up the good work :)

    BLACK Vor 2 years +1

    I like the dedication you put into this cabin, it is sure heavy and fun to do at the same time, I hope it is finished soon

  • Little Tiny House
    Little Tiny House Vor 2 years +1

    Question: do you build your log cabin with green logs? Are these logs been dried for awhile? Can I build it with green log freshly cut?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years

      It is better to build with dried logs. These were cut in the winter and built with during spring, summer and now autumn. You can do it with green logs just expect a lot of shrinkage, so build windows and doors appropriately. Also green logs are much heavier.

  • Luis Tovar
    Luis Tovar Vor 2 years +4

    Keep on going mate, your work will be seen by everybody soon!!!

  • Cheri Walsh
    Cheri Walsh Vor 2 years

    Hello from New Hampshire, very ingenious way to get those logs up there. Keep up the awesome job. It’s really looking good. 🙂

  • Frain Rios
    Frain Rios Vor 2 years

    Me parece increible lo que haces, por eso soy un nuevo suscriptor, quiero seguir viendo todo el proceso ademas disfruto la manera en que trabajas. FELICIDADES POR TU TRABAJO

  • agus Jiménez
    agus Jiménez Vor 2 years

    Wow que genial todo como construyes , vine desde un video de tik tok y me puse a ver los videos de la construcción, te felicito por tus esfuerzos💪👍🙌❤ saludos desde argentina🇦🇷

  • Shannon Underhill
    Shannon Underhill Vor 4 Monate

    Your videos came up on my feed today and I have been watching them all day. It's so interesting to see how you build, how did you learn how to build log cabins?

  • Bunyip Dan
    Bunyip Dan Vor 2 years +10

    Respect, you doing a great job.....easy to see you want to do this the hard way.....but so many simple ways to make this process a little easier. Like;
    Use two ropes, even if one at a time.....or that rope you are using looks long enough to tie one end to each of the ramp rails (instead of standing on it) and loop the middle under and over the log....no more shuffling back and forth, you could probably operate just from center position.
    Learn two knots to help grip the rope, 1st Marlin hitch, 2nd Prusik knot, will help make temp handle to grip rope since you appear to have an aversion to gloves.
    At the top use a lever pole from inside to lift last bit of log over top lip.
    Work smarter not harder......just some suggestions ;)

  • Cyr Udstråling
    Cyr Udstråling Vor year

    I absolutely love all of Erik's content, of course 🙏 but I gotta tell ya...
    I would watch this man throw an axe
    all 😏 day 🤤 long 🥴

  • Jappel
    Jappel Vor 2 years +1

    Great job sir. You figured out a very good idea. Be proud of it. And keep going looking forward to your next video

  • George Whitehouse
    George Whitehouse Vor 2 years +1

    After reading a few public comments, I am still sure that you have inspired many people. Thank you. I am still pretty sure that after self sharpening your tools you might be as concerned with where you put them down? I don’t know what you spray in the holes but soap also works well to help keep the tools from binding and the bugs don’t like it

  • Michael Gambino
    Michael Gambino Vor year

    I truly hope a lot of young Americans will see your videos on how to do build something by hand, real hand tools, release stress, enjoy nature, and feel very accomplished.
    Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  • Robert Chapman
    Robert Chapman Vor 2 years +1

    Erik you are very skilled.i enjoyed your video alot. hope you make great use of the cabin.

  • John Petersen
    John Petersen Vor 2 years +1

    Tält 12 FTW! Otroligt kul att denna kunskap förs vidare på detta sätt. Bra jobbat!

  • KK Design Services
    KK Design Services Vor year +1

    Smart how he always stays above his work to prevent injury.

  • pgti6
    pgti6 Vor 2 years

    I only came across these videos yesterday. Fabulous, determined work and your persistence is enviable Erik. I'm impressed with your problem solving techniques from working on your own. There was a dog in an earlier video. I hope nothing has happened to him/her?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years

      No she is fine she has got puppies. Thank you 👍:)

  • ddoyle11
    ddoyle11 Vor 2 years +1

    Well done. That is one sturdy cabin! Glad I found your channel.

  • Jerry Pruitt
    Jerry Pruitt Vor 2 years +1

    great job building. you show every thing you are doing. to me that makes all the difference in a video. thats howvto learn how to do it by watching. not many channels do it that way. i dont watch. you are doing something that you can be proud of a home you are building.be safe keep up good work. GOD bless.

  • I Clip Vtubers
    I Clip Vtubers Vor 2 years +2

    This is so nice , thanks to UPDT for showing me these channel , your work is amazing !

  • Larry325
    Larry325 Vor 2 years +1

    Erik. Love your videos. Your amazing, what you accomplish by yourself is truly something to be proud of. When your done you could make money renting as Airbnb. 😃 Great job ! 👍👍

  • Mart Dodge
    Mart Dodge Vor 9 Monate

    Curious how long it took you to develop your impressive axe skills?

  • Phil Copeland
    Phil Copeland Vor 2 years +4

    That solid "thunk" when a log falls into place perfectly must be very satisfying for you, Erik. Thank you or speeding up the repetative parts of yor work for us "armchair" builders.

    • Uncle Fudd, Elmer
      Uncle Fudd, Elmer Vor 2 years

      It is a Very satisfying sound “thunk”... similar to a baseball solidly hit by a well made bat.

  • Myles
    Myles Vor 2 years +1

    Another great video ! Looks like a lot of hard work . Thanks for sharing , I enjoyed it a lot.

  • Jason Wilson
    Jason Wilson Vor 2 years +1

    It's been too long for a new video! Awesome job again! Cant wait to see more.

  • Spring Rain
    Spring Rain Vor year

    I was wondering, how does it not mold? Is there something you do to protect the wooden logs from that?

  • Rotmosen
    Rotmosen Vor 2 years +2

    Du är grym Erik så skönt att titta på dina videos😊

  • hemjl4
    hemjl4 Vor 2 years +1

    Impressive work young man. Consider tying both ends off the rope on top and loop the center around your log. When you pull your rope you'll have a better grip and the log will be supported by rope at each end, saving you from moving back and forth. Nice ax work.

  • Maurice Hess
    Maurice Hess Vor 2 years +1

    Nice work !, I commend you doing it the old fashioned way ,, something you can always be proud of !!!

  • Gary May
    Gary May Vor 2 years +2

    Wow, very tedious work. But beautifully done. Makes me exhausted just watching. I wish I could have done something like that back when I was young. But I got stupid and got married. You know house, kid, cars, bills, etc. Keep up the good work, you’ll get there and it will be something to be very proud of.

  • fasten boalbus
    fasten boalbus Vor 9 Monate

    hi erik. i was wondering why you don't use a saw (instead of an axe) to cut the pegs when they are put in their holes ? (like at 18:34) . btw, thanks for sharing your journey ;)

  • darthvador19492001 vador
    darthvador19492001 vador Vor 2 years +1

    Very good workmanship. All joints perfect.

  • Douglas Scott
    Douglas Scott Vor 2 years +2

    Excellent. This was the first video I watched. I will go back to the beginning and catch up. My cabin in Ontario Canada is about 120 years old.

  • Lynne Dunlap
    Lynne Dunlap Vor 2 years +2

    I've watched a lot of log cabins being built and I must say I'm fascinated by the way you hollow out the log to fit on the other. I've never seen this technique before and I love it. I had a beautiful antique ax from Germany and a friend offered to make me a new handle for it (broken throwing it) and I've never seen it since. I long time friendship ended over an ax. Smh.

    • David Shubin
      David Shubin Vor 2 years

      @Lynne Dunlap I'm sorry to hear that.

    • Lynne Dunlap
      Lynne Dunlap Vor 2 years

      @David Shubin I have but unfortunately after that he turned into a thief and a liar (towards his mother) and there's no sense in pursuing him now.

    • David Shubin
      David Shubin Vor 2 years +3

      Just forgive him, friendship is more important than an ax.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      Thank you. Sorry to hear about your friend.

  • merrell bean
    merrell bean Vor 2 years +1

    Amazing it's a really great to see angry owl log cabin be built not some imitation great job keep the good work up looking forward to seeing without you can build

  • miroslav markovic
    miroslav markovic Vor 2 years +1

    how many of them logs can you do a day. would love to get explanations from people that gave a thumbs down why. I think it's great work

  • Michael DeHart
    Michael DeHart Vor 2 years +1

    Howdy from Texas! I stumbled upon your channel and have watched every video. Thank you for sharing! I'm intrigued by your engineering and look forward to your next videos. Well done, sir. Well done!

  • Ken Marapese
    Ken Marapese Vor 2 years +2

    Excellent vid, well produced.

  • Elias Luiz Pedron Moschen

    You're living my dream.Took me a bunch of time to perceive that is through simplicity that someone can find true happiness. Enjoy each step of the way!

  • Martin driver 602
    Martin driver 602 Vor 2 years +1

    Awesome job and work. Good way to stay fit. Being that the logs are off the ground it will last for centuries. Be sure to carve your name and daye for future generations.

  • Rui Trindade
    Rui Trindade Vor 2 years +2

    you are a real smart worker ! love your work !!!

  • Marcos Acosta
    Marcos Acosta Vor 2 years +1

    very good content with what you are doing, I hope you can finish soon, Good luck !!

  • E P
    E P Vor 2 years +2

    Work smarter not harder. Love it, great job! Nice axe wielding. Mastered!

  • Trevor Tong
    Trevor Tong Vor 2 years +4

    All I can say is “I can’t wait till you put up your next video “
    Stay safe , stay well ! all the best from Canterbury, Kent, UK.

  • Don Stash
    Don Stash Vor 2 years +1

    I have seen other log houses built but your joinery is amazing.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years

      Thank you very much, really means a lot for all the hard work

  • Olaf
    Olaf Vor 2 years

    Muy gran trabajo,te veo desde Madrid, España.
    Mucho ánimo

  • Thomas Broderick
    Thomas Broderick Vor 2 years +1

    Some might equate you videos to watching paint dry, ha. I find them absolutely spell binding and so educational. One quick question if I may. What was in the spray can? Thanks Erik. Can't get enough.

  • Shaundoc96
    Shaundoc96 Vor year

    Great idea of getting those logs up high I’m impressed 👌 light work now fella instead of using your hands to pull the rope put a piece of wood with a hole and slide it up and stand on the pile of rope just thinking about your hands they gonna be like sandpaper after all that graft 👊🏽 keep up the hard work you’re smashing it fair play 👌🏽