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I Spent 200 Days Prepping Secret Underground Food Storage



  • Lee Cogdell
    Lee Cogdell Vor 9 Monate +8926

    Erik my name’s Lee and I just wanted to tell you that I get no greater peace than watching you build your cabin and life around it. I’ve been paralyzed for 34 years and it’s absolutely the most enjoyable time I get the pleasure of doing every single time you post a video on DEclips. I so very much enjoy living vicariously through you and your life of building your very own life in the woods of Sweden, Thank you so very much for sharing your life and happiness with us that can’t do that which you’re doing, you take me away from my problems and give me a break from them. Thank you again for all that you do. Lee Cogdell West Tennessee.

    • Rita Csenyi
      Rita Csenyi Vor 2 Monate


    • Lee Cogdell
      Lee Cogdell Vor 3 Monate

      @alfie WZ Well Alfie my peace and happiness comes from only one person and his name is Jesus Christ as I’ve been in a wheelchair for 35, years now and I’ve been bed ridden for the last 2 1/2 years and I’ll never get out of it again until I walk through Heaven’s gates or I’m raptured home when Jesus comes to get us. The only true peace I’ve ever found is in Christ and I get the best peace from listening to my audio Bible every day and sometimes it’s for hours and hours at a time. I truly hope and pray you’ll give Jesus a chance and you’ll never be the same again as he’ll answer all of your prayers and give you the peace that surpasses all understanding. Thank you brother for sharing this with me. 🙏✝️

    • alfie WZ
      alfie WZ Vor 3 Monate +1

      Fair play, amazing how your satisfied with the simplest of things. I’m desperately trying to steer my source of happiness away from materialistic things and hopefully be happier with more simplistic things

    • RON
      RON Vor 4 Monate


  • Александра Лебедева

    Truly off-grid, A clear vision, Boundless energy, Rugged determination, Skillful craftsmanship, A faithful companion. This was an extraordinary effort that was fun to watch!

  • Pavel Gucky
    Pavel Gucky Vor 4 Monate +9

    I have been watching this young man's video for some time now, and what I am aware of when watching his channel is that there is an endless dose of humility, diligence, respect and love for nature in this young man. You have my great admiration, Mr. Grankvist.

  • Sirena Spades
    Sirena Spades Vor 6 Monate +2

    I'm sure you learned this buy now, but those onions put off an enzyme that will ruin your potatoes. I have a root cellar (we call it a cold cellar where I am) under my house. I started putting it in operation last year and learning how it worked. I also learned that potatoes and squash need slightly different parameters than some other root vegetables. It's a learning process since we've forgotten in a couple generations.

  • Soren Jensen
    Soren Jensen Vor 4 Monate +2

    A small tip if you ever decide to do more concrete. You don't have to tie every intersection of the rebar. The ties are only meant to keep it in position during concrete placement. Doing foundations I tend to skip every second tie

  • Nik Rijavec
    Nik Rijavec Vor 9 Monate +1315

    The work and skills displayed here Erik are on another level. That rock splitting is incredible!

    • Boss Boy
      Boss Boy Vor 4 Monate +1

      skill? he can bairly lift the rocks hes weak af

    • Jenifer Mason
      Jenifer Mason Vor 4 Monate

      Agreed 💯 Well done.

    • zippo1009
      zippo1009 Vor 5 Monate

      @Elvijs Roķis Show us what authentic is...

    • Martha Simons
      Martha Simons Vor 6 Monate

      @Erik Grankvist love your video but its not such a secret if it's on DEclips, just saying.

  • Carolane Gordon
    Carolane Gordon Vor 6 Monate +51

    Just came across by accident. Totally got a sense of awe at your dedication, patience and drive. Makes me wish I could do that. I could only imagine the pain I'd be in after the first day! Lol...just a FYI, try storing your potatoes a little away from you onions, onions give off a gas that will rotten your potatoes faster. Kinda the way apples do with bananas. Found out the hard way and couldn't tell ya how mad I was I wasted so much... keep up the good work,be safe and oh! Give that adorable puppy a big hug hes so sweet.

    • Cindy
      Cindy Vor 5 Monate

      Rot your potatoes

  • Jonn Jenkins
    Jonn Jenkins Vor 4 Monate +3

    You my friend are a true craftsman. It's a pleasure watching you work.

  • Sound of Mind
    Sound of Mind Vor 6 Monate +7

    Dear Erik, It's been said before and I'll happily say it again your Video series on YT is simply the best which rivals any Netflix documentary. I find your series both informative and entertaining whilst cleverly edited it commands the viewers attention. No unnecessary loud music and fast talking here just pure content. For this you get a well deserved 5* rating!
    Thank you for sharing your life with us and giving an insight what we are missing out on.
    I wish you all the best my friend , may your youtube experience lead to bigger things. Sending love from 🇬🇧

  • Texas Turner
    Texas Turner Vor 4 Monate +8

    I would just like to reiterate the feelings of many in this comment section and say I really admire the patience and hard work this man has dedicated to what he does. It’s truly inspiring !

  • Scott Brown Carpentry
    Scott Brown Carpentry Vor 9 Monate +724

    I can't get my head around the amount of work this video must of taken. Building this with modern technology would be a mission in itself!
    Hats off to you Erik. Incredible work ethic.

    • CANAL Maria Mesquita
      CANAL Maria Mesquita Vor 9 Monate


    • Ray W
      Ray W Vor 9 Monate +4

      @Karol C A Builder compliments another's work and the only thing you do is evaluate his Grammar. #smh #gtfoh

      XDEATHxGUARDX Vor 9 Monate +2

      @Gary Brueno Nah nokia has a 1438 Pine carved and lightning bug powered camera.

    • jksatte
      jksatte Vor 9 Monate

      @leattner12 Uhh, not so sure about that.

    • Gary Brueno
      Gary Brueno Vor 9 Monate +1

      @leattner12 never went to his island like bill clinton , so only knew of him but not a buddy!!

  • woodbutcher505
    woodbutcher505 Vor 5 Monate +1

    Today I just stumbled across one of your videos building a log cabin. Now I will have to go back and start watching them all. My back hurts from watching you break those boulders and haul them out of your Secret Underground Food Storage. I think I might need some back surgery now, just joking, but I will be watching your videos from now on. Love your cabin.

  • Ben M
    Ben M Vor 6 Monate +13

    Erik, I am watching from the Philippines and just like you, I'm not a skilled carpenter or whatever but I have strong passion in woodworks and I truly enjoy it. I have been watching your videos since you started building this beautiful cabin and I am now in this part of your video that made me realized am almost in the end of it. Man, I don't want your videos to end I am so enjoying it, it's been a part of me that completes my day and night. I hope this message will inspire you to do more my friend coz I am one of the 6.5 million views here that wants to see what you may have in mind. Cheers buddy!

  • crystalClarity
    crystalClarity Vor 6 Monate +18

    Truly off-grid, A clear vision, Boundless energy, Rugged determination, Skillful craftsmanship, A faithful companion. This was an extraordinary effort that was fun to watch!

  • Michelle Cameron
    Michelle Cameron Vor 6 Monate +18

    Amazing ..... as a parent I can only imagine how proud your parents must be of you , brilliant job

  • Bear On Guitar
    Bear On Guitar Vor 9 Monate +111

    I admire what you have created and the patience that you have. When things go south, you know you'll have a good time in your self made off grid home. Very inspirational. My respect.

  • dale lan
    dale lan Vor 5 Monate +1

    Good for you young whipper snapper. I enjoy watching young people applying their time into something that is constructive and rewarding rather than on electronic devices and supped up automobiles. Living off of the grid isn't impossible and a lot less expensive. I enjoyed your video's and learned a couple new technics, thank you. keep up the great work.

  • AzOutlaw7
    AzOutlaw7 Vor 4 Monate +2

    You are just handier than a pocket on a shirt! And, two, you are a beast! Chunking that rock around. This is amazing and I don't even know you but I'm so proud of you! So many questions. Your puppy is so cute! Is he/she a german shorthair? What is your puppy's name? Again, so proud of you! Kathi

  • Gustav B
    Gustav B Vor 4 Monate +1

    This brings me back to farm life before I went to university. The solitude, the woods and fields. And the free workout.

  • John Lowell
    John Lowell Vor 6 Monate +1

    My terrain is similar to your digging with a spade and pick through clay, rock sand, and shale is laborious and frustrating but rewarding. In my area, there are many rock walls City people look at them and tell me they were made by off-planet aliens. I tell them it is certain you never dug a hole, ditch, storm cellar, or created a garden here.

  • P Freeman
    P Freeman Vor 9 Monate +356

    Fantastic video Erik. Well done splitting and moving this *"+!"*"'+* HUGE rocks! I admire your persistence and your skills. Your family must be very proud. I stand and applaud you young man. Well done again!

    • leather face
      leather face Vor 9 Monate +1

      @Lionelinho 8 they are called wedge and feathers. A tool used by mason's.

    • scaife
      scaife Vor 9 Monate +1

      Ye I love the health and safety aspect of it , it's fantastic 🤔

    • Balleklorin
      Balleklorin Vor 9 Monate +4

      He is a true Viking. Takk for en utrolig video Erik. Ønsker deg alt godt.

    • von Hannersdorf
      von Hannersdorf Vor 9 Monate +7

      Just imagine a world where at least 20% of people like Erik would be more!

    • Lionelinho 8
      Lionelinho 8 Vor 9 Monate +5

      What is the name of the tool you are using to split the rocks please ? It is so smart and you make it looks simple !

  • Michelle Dooley Mahon

    What a pleasure to watch this. I have AuDHD & this has been the calmest I've been in months. Your patience and knowledge aee astounding. I floated in one of the melted glaciers that make up Swedens lakes, vast, icy, still and deep. It stays with me still. So will this beautiful film. Grattis, Tack!

  • Travis Westwood
    Travis Westwood Vor 4 Monate +1

    I LOVE the use of charing on the shelves. Great job! I recomend to any one following for instruction to cook sap into the tennons to reduce chance of dry rot or mold. The bare wood is vulnerable same for the bottom of the legs where the char may compress, wear off or in ground contact. God bless!

  • Anthony G.
    Anthony G. Vor 6 Monate +1

    It's great seeing young men still take pride in construction/building. Kudos to this fella. Nice work!!

  • Henry Michael Wilson
    Henry Michael Wilson Vor 6 Monate +1

    Hello Erik. We like what you have done and thank you for sharing it with us. It's a real pleasure and probably one of the best videos iv seen on you tube.

  • willow_haven
    willow_haven Vor 9 Monate +300

    The patience this young man has to not only build an entire cabin without powertools, but sit and split rocks by hand, is so impressive. I so enjoy your videos.

    • BananaBread
      BananaBread Vor 6 Monate +1

      @CARY RODRIGUEZ You guys clearly have never heard of a trimmer...............like cmon.

    • gemini rose
      gemini rose Vor 9 Monate +2


      CARY RODRIGUEZ Vor 9 Monate +4

      @ben southwell Darn, I Was Just Saying The Same Thing. Without A Mirror. Paying Outrageous Prices. This Young Man, Is Truly A Jack of All Trades. Much Respect.

    • ben southwell
      ben southwell Vor 9 Monate +4

      he managed to cut his hair with a power tool and as straight as any barber could.

    • The horrible story of a man that was forced to connect his youtube account to google+
      The horrible story of a man that was forced to connect his youtube account to google+ Vor 9 Monate +22

      You'd be amazed how much patience you get when you have zero distractions sucking the life out of you. The only thing you really need to do while living like this is making food, and improving upon what you have built. So spending several days just chopping up stones I imagine could be quite therapeutic while listening to the nature around you. Kind of like building models for several hours, or tinkering with other interests for several hours. It's no longer a chore, but something you want to do.

  • Anna Miroshnychenko
    Anna Miroshnychenko Vor 6 Monate

    That looks 100% reasonable preparation in perspective of current situation in the world 🙃 Would it make sense though to place all the cut in half stones (with some amount of cement and liquid glass) as the walls or floor to strengthen the structure/water isolation?

  • Steve AnacortesWA
    Steve AnacortesWA Vor 5 Monate

    Can't believe you do that without gloves, my hands would be blistered. I can imagine neighbor helping neighbor, as doing as you are would take several seasons and they didn't have any backup plan for winter. It could be life or death. The root cellar I would guess was 2nd season when you would have a harvest to store.
    Great videos, truly enjoy.

  • BigBrianStormer
    BigBrianStormer Vor 4 Monate +1

    This is the first video I've seen of yours, and I can't get over how great the sound is. I'd be really interested to know what sound equipment you use when filming.

  • Aspyr
    Aspyr Vor 6 Monate

    This one sparks joy. Basically it's every man's dream, we knock down some trees, we build something, we have a beer, we enjoy it for a few years and then we drop dead, it's great, you did a good job

  • Christopher Sanderson
    Christopher Sanderson Vor 9 Monate +527

    1:10:59 You should store onions and potatoes away from each other. Try putting your onions on the top shelf. Your onions produce and emit ethylene gas, which speeds up the ripening process and can cause nearby potatoes to rot and spoil more quickly. Our potatoes went bad too quickly when we put our onions too close.

    • le Moko Lyon
      le Moko Lyon Vor 4 Monate

      @ben southwell i agree with you on a little fake side.
      This is thé first vidéo of him i watch, and i already have a few doubts and a few questions.
      Breaking so many rocks, and not finding a use or them ?
      All that time working and not gardening or finding food. Especially in summer. And working ...on a food strorage ??
      Then use industrial bricks and concrete to build a wall?
      Ect etc.
      Plus a simple thing : when Napoléon's soldiers went to Russia, they were starving. Jewish and Polish had nothing to offer. Until thé soldiers found that every village, every farm, had a secret hide. Juste a hole, or a cave in the woods, or anywhere out of sight, and store fois in jars and barrels.
      That is a simple Idea to hide the Food and other goods.
      Not to dig a basement under the stairs.
      Lots of other strange things, beside the use of industrial products.

    • ben southwell
      ben southwell Vor 6 Monate

      @RD then try it....just try it

    • RD
      RD Vor 6 Monate

      @ben southwell bruv cutting hair with automatic clippers is piss easy, you just hold your hand straight and push it ain't no rocket science

    • ben southwell
      ben southwell Vor 8 Monate

      @Johnny Fred212 yes

    • buggsy5
      buggsy5 Vor 8 Monate

      @ben southwell Don't bother. I totally agree with you. I have found about half a dozen similar ones that are also fake. I am sure there are many more that are just as bad.

  • WookieCookie 2014
    WookieCookie 2014 Vor 5 Monate +1

    Mad respect to you Mr. Grankvist! Keep being and adventurer! Be safe and be well. ~Peace!

  • Joseph Hicks
    Joseph Hicks Vor 4 Monate

    The skills are so simple and so tedious, you did a great job. I would if had a whole lot of rock furniture in my hideout Keep up the good work

  • jeremie valdez
    jeremie valdez Vor 4 Monate

    @ Erik Grankvist your skills in cabin bilding are top notch 👌 i just found ur channel and i love it thank you for showing your life for two years while you creat your beautiful cabin the rock splitting is just amazing how many cabins have you built. How long have you been building your skills are great keep posting videos please 🙏 have a great year in all you do and give your pup 🐶 a treat for me please thank you again ps your work ethic is unmatched 😊

  • jamaru minotto
    jamaru minotto Vor 6 Monate +4

    It's insane how accurate your wood cutting technique has become Erik and just the overall volume of skill sets you've mastered over the years. Really inspiring. I've been watching you for a while now and can literally see how you've grown and matured.

  • jim G
    jim G Vor 9 Monate +453

    It's really interesting to watch such a young man applying such old world craftsmanship to perfection.

    • ben southwell
      ben southwell Vor 7 Monate

      @Liam common sense dictates a kid fresh out of school could not require all these skills I think you would have to agree it would take a life time would it not? its easy on the eye and thats all it is click bait nothing else. they are just 10 second bites .

    • Liam
      Liam Vor 7 Monate +1

      @ben southwell how did people get shelter back in the day if it took a lifetime to learn the skills for it? You think before the first 80 year old human there was 0 construction?

    • ben southwell
      ben southwell Vor 8 Monate

      ask your self why does it take a life time to master just one of these skills and yet a kid fresh out of school has mastered them all in a few weeks plus he cuts his own hair to perfection? I call it bullshit/ clickbait.

    • Steve
      Steve Vor 8 Monate +1

      I would have rented a backhoe

    • Liam
      Liam Vor 8 Monate +2

      @RAVENITZ absolutely i dream of building enough wealth to do this myself one day

  • Jersey girl prepper
    Jersey girl prepper Vor 2 Monate

    I just found your channel, I am so impressed with this. You are so blessed with thought, wisdom, energy and strength! I applaud you!

  • Nathan Schwartz
    Nathan Schwartz Vor 2 Monate

    Erik, I was wondering if you could use the extra cut stones to build a fireplace inside. Or a stone area for a wood stove.

  • Mauricio Baronetti
    Mauricio Baronetti Vor 5 Monate

    Sos un crack man, me encantan tus videos. Es un delirio ver cuanto esfuerzo requiere una construccion artesanal, pero los resultados son impagables. Y el sentimiento de realizacion debe ser irremplazable! Gracias por mostrar tu aventura bro. Ahora una pregunta: tu cabaña tiene baño? XD

  • Aaron Gladman
    Aaron Gladman Vor 4 Monate

    That looks fantastic and what a great job. What was placed around the outside of the root cellar bricks? Also, that little round hole in the floor, is that for drainage?

  • Dean Beauvais
    Dean Beauvais Vor 9 Monate +26

    I don't know what to say anymore. This is an amazing build. Erik, your patience and determination is something I have never ever seen in a boy your age. Nothing is an obstacle. You seem to take everything in stride. It amazes me that someone so young could have learned so much and use what you have learned so well. Absolutely astounding!!

  • Nancy Gregg Pasiecznik
    Nancy Gregg Pasiecznik Vor 4 Monate

    Your rock splitting was extremely impressive. I have never seen that done before. Where did you learn how to do that? Greetings from outside Buffalo, New York, U.S.A.

  • LeakzMemo
    LeakzMemo Vor 4 Monate

    I work outside all day seeing you and all the work you do was stress relief forsure thanks dude!

  • Mari Noonan
    Mari Noonan Vor 5 Monate

    Hi, I believe that to live to the fullest any man has to use all his capacity of body, mind & soul like this in the video.
    I doubt that I still have such strength left now compared to my young adult life, however, your video helps us to mentally prepare when the time allows or forces us to do it. I wish more young men lived like this leaving the modern society that makes men boneless.

  • Boogie Knee
    Boogie Knee Vor 4 Monate

    Erik.Hannibal used vinegar to break rocks(the calcium reacts,apparently).
    Its a shame the big rock couldn't be broken into a useful shape(to make steps,for example).
    Nice video,by the way.(Especially that aerial shot from above,beautifully done.)
    I have fond memories of my grandfather making tools and rugged furniture using your axe technique.

  • ashmash1934
    ashmash1934 Vor 9 Monate +373

    Lol, and there I was feeling proud of myself for living off grid with my own solar panels and water system and growing most of our food. Suddenly I feel like a child watching a real man at work... and I'm 43 with 3 kids lol. Hats off to you young man! I could learn a lot from you. Your parents must be very proud of the man they raised! Your skills and attitude are more than impressive, they set a new standard that most of us will find extremely hard to ever live up to.

    • Northern OffGrid Fringe
      Northern OffGrid Fringe Vor 9 Monate +1

      @Matthew W Gosh I feel so sorry for you.

    • CANAL Maria Mesquita
      CANAL Maria Mesquita Vor 9 Monate


    • neddmoulton1
      neddmoulton1 Vor 9 Monate +2

      @El G You must have felt good typing your message. Like a boss as if you could do half of what this young man does off grid by the way. Your now that guy lol

  • Denstoradiskmaskinen
    Denstoradiskmaskinen Vor 5 Monate +1

    Every cabin needs a Outhouse AND the most important secondary hut, a sauna, wood burning sauna, with a guest cabin at the entrance of the sauna, room from it, is the wash / sauna!

  • Tom Smith
    Tom Smith Vor 4 Monate

    This is really nice to see someone going back in time and doin it the old fashion way of life but then you think that man spent weeks digging out the hole demoing rocks and stones just to realize that a excavator could dig it in minutes

  • Amana Wolf
    Amana Wolf Vor 6 Monate +1

    Definite props for removing those chunks of stone around the 11:00 mark. I had to dig up some dirt to prep for someone to build me a deck, and our yard was littered with these huge stones about the size of small to medium medicine balls. It's rough work.

  • katanatac
    katanatac Vor 4 Monate

    That was really well done!
    The only thing I would have done different is not put the metal trim around the hatch door, I'd put a rug attached to it so its hidden away from folks you don't want to know its there.

  • Jacob Sheldon
    Jacob Sheldon Vor 9 Monate +147

    When I watch these cabin videos or anything carpentry related I find that I’m quite judgmental of the certain way someone makes things thinking there’s an easier or better way of doing something (being a carpenter myself) but watching these videos and the way you aren’t using power tools even when it’s back braking is very respectable. So I just want to say your doing a great job and you have taught me a lot about how people used to build without the benefits of power tools and machinery. :)

  • Caroda
    Caroda Vor 4 Monate +3

    Your simple life of building what you need and discovering ways of getting the things you need really appeals to me. I hate that in a country like ours in the UK we have no choice but to live within the'system'. There is no way out. If I went into the forest, somebody would own it and kick me off. It is amazing for you to be able to live the life YOU want. Props man!

    • Philip Dutton
      Philip Dutton Vor 4 Monate

      @Carlos Fiscal yep!

    • Lumberfoot
      Lumberfoot Vor 4 Monate +1

      He would still need to own the part of the forest he's building on. And likely some sort of construction permit. It really isn't that different from the UK.

  • Cami Cri
    Cami Cri Vor 6 Monate

    You have great skills for such a young guy! Impressive! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • CTX50
    CTX50 Vor 4 Monate

    I moved a lot of rocks like that. At the end of the day you're tired but the amount of satisfaction is immense. Nice work young man

  • Börü Kağan
    Börü Kağan Vor 6 Monate

    21 yaşında bu kadar donanımlı olmak mükemmel…tebrik ediyorum seni çoçuk.1991 senesinde İsveç’ten Avcı arkadaşlarım gelmişti yanıma domuz avı yapmıştık,bir arkadaşın adıda erik’ti.çok güzel kulübe yaptın eski aletlerle.👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 🇹🇷

  • Roger Fleischer
    Roger Fleischer Vor 9 Monate +67

    Building the cabin is an impressive first project for a fresh high school graduate, but your excavation of a root cellar out of solid rock makes this the most astonishing do-it-your-self project ever. It beggars belief. But here it is, documented step by step. Well done indeed.

    • Stupid B a d ITCH
      Stupid B a d ITCH Vor 9 Monate +2

      I'm more amazed at how he was able to find someone's farm and they just let him have the veggies for free

  • Dane Graham
    Dane Graham Vor 4 Monate

    The amount of patience this would require is insane


    Estou vendo todos os seus vídeos pela TV .Amei !!parabéns pelo cachorrinho parabéns pelo 📹📻🇧🇷👊🇧🇷

  • Alain Armellin
    Alain Armellin Vor 4 Monate

    A fine example of tenacity and know-how. Hats off!

  • jonatle
    jonatle Vor 6 Monate

    The patience and skill levels are off the charts here ,just wow

  • Robert Sandström
    Robert Sandström Vor 9 Monate +109

    Impressive that Erik has learned old working methods and also uses them in his life project. The videos show both an almost extinct craft tradition and an important part of our building cultural heritage.

    • Maria Lindell
      Maria Lindell Vor 9 Monate +5

      @Robert Sandström Never said that there was anything wrong with what and how he built it. I was just pointing out that what he made is very similar to a "floor fridge" that is seen all over Finland (though that is a more "modern way of seeing it).
      And I was giving the example of my grandma's place because 100 years ago (and even today) most of the population would have either been Swedish or would have emraced Swedish culture more than say people in my city. (My grandma lives 30+km away from the west coast in a village while I live more inland in a larger city.)
      I was also saying this based on the older houses and cottages that I know were built when Finland was under Swedish rule/heavy influence. Even then it seems that seperated food cellars were preferred as opposed to building straight under the building.
      These are just things I have found out and was commenting on because I, as an author, harbour an interest toward Scandinavian and Finnish history and architecture aswell as history overall. I never did say that anything in your comment or the video was wrong and I certainly didn't mean to imply that either. I just wanted to point out that what he built seemed more familiar to me as a "fridge" for food storage as it was dug straight under the cabin, because I have only seen food stored similarly to that at the summer cottage I mentioned.

    • Robert Sandström
      Robert Sandström Vor 9 Monate +5

      @Maria Lindell I can see nothing but that Erik has built his food cellar completely correctly. The space is well insulated and he has provided good ventilation.
      Food cellars under houses have been, and are common at least in Swedish Lapland where I was born and raised. It was the solution for long-term storage of potatoes, root vegetables, berries, mushrooms and preserves where there is no fridge and freezer.
      Maybe you confuse food cellars with earth cellars? They are built independently, completely or partially buried in the ground. That is not the issue here.

    • Maria Lindell
      Maria Lindell Vor 9 Monate +7

      I mean this is something I would personally consider a "floor fridge" and not a "proper" root cellar.
      Here in this part of Finland root cellars are always seperated from the cabin/house.
      My aunt and her husband tho have a summer cottage on a small island at a lake, that has their equivalent of a fridge built down into the floor/ground.
      It keeps all of the milk products fine and dandy and you reach down to get food. The door to it is made in the same finish as the floor and usually covered by a rug as they have a sausagedog.
      Comparing this to my grandmas place (in our ownership dated back 110+ years) and at my current stable (the land dates back almost just as far back) have the root cellar built in a way that it has it's own door and you see it as a smaller mound. This a Hobbit hole but a bit different. As my gransmas place used to be a successfull farm, the potato harvest was usually stored there even far into my moms childhood (70-80's).

  • Eli Porter
    Eli Porter Vor 6 Monate +1

    Even though I know it's hard living like this, it seems a lot more peaceful than living in a modern city.

  • No name
    No name Vor 6 Monate

    Honey, you are living the caveman history. I wish I could live like this doing the summer and go to work doing the winter, but unfortunately I have only 31 days holidays a year.

  • B A
    B A Vor 5 Monate

    A secret only 6.7m people know of 🤫😁
    Great design man. It's giving me ideas. Thank you for sharing your hard work. 🙏🏽

  • Daniel Lewis
    Daniel Lewis Vor 4 Monate

    I haven't seen anyone make boards using an axe before - always sawn. So it's nice to see there's a ton of flexibility in the process.

  • Gustavo Rodrigues
    Gustavo Rodrigues Vor 9 Monate +3

    Thanks Erik for this amazing video, and congratulations on your work is very good!!!

  • Bill Carey
    Bill Carey Vor 4 Monate

    Great vid and thank you for sharing! I was just curious, is the axe you used to make the ladder a gb Scandinavian Forrest axe?

  • Amaryles Simmons
    Amaryles Simmons Vor Monat

    I hope I will be able to see your completion of this construction! It's incredible! I know I'm not the only one who hopes this!

  • Jimbob Hanes
    Jimbob Hanes Vor 6 Monate

    The boulders splitting was pretty satisfying! Gosh who knew all of them were right there when you started digging? Lol

  • ShepweilerOtis
    ShepweilerOtis Vor 4 Monate

    Wow, du ser ut att leva drömmen jag alltid haft! Grymt imponerad. Fortsätt inspirera!

  • BRIGZY09
    BRIGZY09 Vor 9 Monate +276

    The skill and dedication you've put in is unbelievable, I imagine a few generations down the line you taking your children or grandchildren here and showing them the video of how you made your log cabin

    • hellshade2
      hellshade2 Vor 6 Monate

      interesting how so many people are going on about religion here. it is nice that you believe in myths and legends i suppose. but i hardly think christ was even real and god even less than real. this is from someone who was raised in roman catholic dogma.
      this video is about a hard working man building a life back to nature. enjoy the moment and leave your religious mythos on the shelf...

    • Susan Fautngiljanan
      Susan Fautngiljanan Vor 6 Monate


    • God's Commandments Are Truth Isaiah 8:20
      God's Commandments Are Truth Isaiah 8:20 Vor 6 Monate

      @NapFloridian What kind of a man would I be if the bridge up ahead was out and I didn't try to warn people who were driving by at a high speed? In other words... I'm desperately trying to warn people what's about to happen and who's behind it.

    • NapFloridian
      NapFloridian Vor 6 Monate +2

      @God's Commandments Are Truth Isaiah 8:20 What does Jesus has to do with building a cabin in Sweden, could you tell me that? Why are you even here?

  • Gary Dykstra
    Gary Dykstra Vor 6 Monate

    The skills you have masterd in such a short time , in several years have take me twice as many years as you've been alive. I could only guess you've done a lot of reading. I can hear Marty Stouffer narrating in the background. If you don't know who that is I wouldn't be surprised. He's in naturalist that had a show in the 80s called wild America. I'm sure you'd enjoy. Did you know that they make band saws you can plug into a tractor PTO? Lol little late for that maybe next time. But I would like to leave you with these final thoughts...
    No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. -john dunne

  • Narrow Gate Farm & Woodland Retreat

    Thanks for sharing it is very inspiring and your patience and skills are virtues.
    Your dog is lovely too.
    God bless you.

  • Ken Musto
    Ken Musto Vor 5 Monate +1

    Incredible log cabin build! Love the cabin. Love the dog. Any body know the Dog breed?

  • Itamar Dias
    Itamar Dias Vor 6 Monate +1

    You are a genius.
    Congratulations on your courage.

  • Four Owls
    Four Owls Vor 6 Monate +474

    Don't know if anyone else felt a sense of sadness in the sense of having lost touch with nature, and the simplicity of life like this. This young man is a hard worker and a deep thinker. I admire this and it made me reflect on how little I do in my comfortable suburban life where everything is so easy. Goodness....my life could achieve so much more. Thanks for making me think again Erik!

    • Seemore Butts
      Seemore Butts Vor 4 Monate

      My jobs tough enough. Concrete n drain. Digging all day

    • Alpha Omega
      Alpha Omega Vor 4 Monate +1

      Don’t just think. Do something worthwhile

    • Gustav B
      Gustav B Vor 4 Monate +1

      Growing up on a farm andworking the woods n fields before moving to the city, this is definitely my quick fix. I miss honest manual labor. Its what meditation must feel like only more rewarding

    • Railgap Esoterica
      Railgap Esoterica Vor 4 Monate +1


    • Wisdom Fox
      Wisdom Fox Vor 4 Monate +1

      Lived in nature its over rated

  • Siamese vrs Balinese
    Siamese vrs Balinese Vor 5 Monate

    Totally love your videos. You tubers are the future. Please keep posting more

  • DJM
    DJM Vor 6 Monate

    I enjoyed these videos. Incredible work. Thank you

  • Trumpel Stiltzkin
    Trumpel Stiltzkin Vor 6 Monate

    My lord man that seems like it was more work than you intended it to be but good on you for just sticking to it and taking each challenge as it came and the tenacity to just head down keep at it is impressive ppl today have no idea the effort it takes to survive on one's own self ppl are too used to having everything handed down to them from the hard work of their relatives they have no clue how to build their own legacy. Good for you and the satisfaction and pride you must feel I envy your spirit. Can I ask what country did you do this in from the look of some of the foliage I'd say this was northern Canada maybe Alaska both places are notorious for digging up giant bolders lol

  • Spativm
    Spativm Vor 4 Monate

    Erik at least 7 million people might know about your secret underground food cache by now. And 0.01% might already figured geolocation of it from embed video file. Sharing is caring! Stay safe.

  • Knave
    Knave Vor 9 Monate +112

    This highlighted for me how great dogs are. You could be doing literally anything in any weather the dog is just stoked to be there.

  • Arif Noor
    Arif Noor Vor 5 Monate

    It's not a secret storage anymore. Almost 7 million people know about it. 😊 Great job.

  • atut mu
    atut mu Vor 6 Monate

    such a hardworking kid.. your parents must be proud of you.. try to buy at least chain saw, it will save you alot of time

  • J R
    J R Vor 5 Monate

    I was wondering where you got your axes hatchets and draw knife. I have a cabin in the United States. And I'm interested in some of your tools. Very nice job on cabin and Root Cellar

    RAPHKOBBY Vor 5 Monate

    You should never complain too much in life, just get the job done and do what you suppose to do and you will be fine. How I wish I was there to help him but if he was able to do this alone, then good job my brother. Great and encouraging video 👏 👏

  • Rafael Moraes
    Rafael Moraes Vor 9 Monate +61

    My back hurts just to watch you carrying these huge rocks, great job Erick, you're really persistent and talented

  • Wedge Antilles
    Wedge Antilles Vor 4 Monate

    Man I know how hard it is for 1 guy to remove stones from earth. Good job on that 👏

  • No Spam
    No Spam Vor 4 Monate +1

    Dont store your o ions and taters in the same place. Onions give off a gas that causes the taters to start sprouting.
    Love the DK. Gorgeous! Looks just like the one laying at my feet.

  • Rachel Rose
    Rachel Rose Vor 6 Monate

    This guy is brilliant. Thank you for sharing this video! Wow!!!! 🤯

  • Naros
    Naros Vor 6 Monate

    You could hide the hatch more by putting a bit of steel on the handle-side, and having a magnet to open it.
    Or the other way around.

  • Pico
    Pico Vor 9 Monate +107

    Dude is training strength, crafting, mining, cooking, firemaking, woodcutting, construction and farming all at the same time. What a legend

    • Matt Hort
      Matt Hort Vor 9 Monate

      @Pico Well.. That explains the grind to build the root cellar. I wonder how much XP that sidequest is giving him.

    • Pico
      Pico Vor 9 Monate +4

      @Matt Hort obviously not. No one has a 99 and doesn't wear the cape

    • Matt Hort
      Matt Hort Vor 9 Monate

      Think his skills are 99 yet?

    • Outlaw60 1340
      Outlaw60 1340 Vor 9 Monate +2

      Thank goodness for the pick axe and steel pin and steel hamer no one would do anythink if it wernt for the good awd fashioned tools ..

    • A. Katherine Suetterlin
      A. Katherine Suetterlin Vor 9 Monate +3

      @Nikkity Well, I may not have played Runescape (sadly), but Skyrim is similar in the crafting area. Maybe not so much the woodcutting or firemaking, etc, but the concept is similar anyway. I was simply replying in the real world sense of things. 😁

  • Michelle Hertzberg
    Michelle Hertzberg Vor 5 Monate


  • Texas Turner
    Texas Turner Vor 4 Monate

    That’s an amazing amount of large rocks under ground. It’s strange to me.

    • A c h i
      A c h i Vor 4 Monate

      It's really not unusual, especially in places that were prone to flooding at some point it the last 10 million years.

  • Mark Hansen
    Mark Hansen Vor 6 Monate

    Forget Wil Smith & Tom Cruise, this Guy deserves every film making Oscar, best leading man, best producer, best foreign film, best score but give the best supporting actor to the hound!
    I was glued to this video from start to finish!
    You are an Artist, a Craftsman, a Survivalist, a gardener, a food preservationist, a Chef, a mountain man and an inspiration!
    Thank you for sharing your talents with the world!
    I would to visit your cabin in Sweden 🇸🇪 and/or have you visit me in Idaho, USA 🇺🇸.
    Keep up the great work!

  • Sagi İbrahim Sönmez
    Sagi İbrahim Sönmez Vor 4 Monate

    You have my respect Erik!

  • Sam M.
    Sam M. Vor 9 Monate +29

    I usually don't comment, but the fact that this video took you seven months to make, and all your hard work has prompted me to make an exception. You deserve all the support you can get. It's fantastic to see what one person can accomplish if they set their mind to it. Thank you for inspiring, always! Hope you are proud of yourself because you should be! Greetings from Berlin

  • Newtybot
    Newtybot Vor 4 Monate

    Man I’m watching this guy lift shit and dig holes and build a house and I’m trying to rationalize how I could go about that life style while I sit in my air conditioned room, surrounded by snacks, on my expensive computer, having not done any routine workouts my entire life.
    The good news is I’ve realized I don’t actually want this life style, but damn does it look fun

  • Judy Ko
    Judy Ko Vor 4 Monate

    Erik, you rock. You are my selfmade hero. What a man....and what a cute dog. If you would be my son, I would be the proudest mum in Sweden. Greetings from Austria.

  • Ana Sandoval
    Ana Sandoval Vor 5 Monate

    Throughout these videos, I cannot help but think that we have been witnessing the birth of a master carpenter.

  • Chris Bolland
    Chris Bolland Vor 8 Tage

    I love this. I have the Primitive Technology channel for pre-historic survivalcraft, and you for colonial era survivalcraft. It's amazing.