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Felling Last Trees for Log Cabin FINALLY! | 10 | - One Man Traditional Log Cabin series

  • Am 1 Apr 2020 veröffentlicht
  • Episode 10 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 felling/cutting down the last trees for the log cabin
    Ep 11 I will be dragging out these final trees to the log cabin by hand.
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    If you wish to follow me on this journey, from forest to off grid log cabin, then SUBSCRIBE!
    @Erik Grankvist
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  • Rowan Fernsler
    Rowan Fernsler Vor 2 years +22

    Glad to see you planting trees as well. Even if you never get to use the grown up trees, someone else will and I think it’s great of you to plant them. I do have a challenge for you though, try not to make me jealous of what you do every video :).

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +6

      Haha Yes I don't know if I can promise that. Thanks for your comment! 👍

  • ProJectMan81
    ProJectMan81 Vor 2 years +10

    Snyggt jobbat, både i skogen och med filmen. Ska bli kul o följa resten av timrandet.

  • Kim Isaac
    Kim Isaac Vor 2 years +20

    Can’t wait to see how you turn these logs into building material for your log cabin. Keep up the great work

  • KlazyY
    KlazyY Vor 2 years +9

    I am in awe of how precise your axe always hits exactly where you aim. Even in my younger days, I always felt sorry for the timber I was 'hacking' at. Eventually I got the job done but was rather ashamed at how much my work resembled that of a demented beaver!

  • Larry Jacobs
    Larry Jacobs Vor 2 years +19

    It is a pleasure to watch you work! It appears that you are totally at peace, totally focused on the work at hand, totally in the moment, not wanting to be anywhere else! You seem to be able to extract the exact amount of energy to do each task! Not over or under working! Like a marathon runner instead of a sprinter! So effective, taking time to sharpen the saw! Amazing

  • Alan Bragg
    Alan Bragg Vor 2 years +16

    only discovered your channel this morning and ive watched episodes 1 to 10. look forward to the next. well done. awesome work

  • Lea Ginn
    Lea Ginn Vor 2 years +9

    Wow. Amazing. If you can be so disciplined at your young age to take on such a huge task there is no limit to what you can achieve as you mature. Congratulations 🙂

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +5

      Thank you. I am building the mindset that anything is possible. 👍

  • Mokosz Productions
    Mokosz Productions Vor 2 years +4

    Nice! Can't wait to see the whole cabin ready!
    Awesome that you are giving the trees back to the forest as well.
    Mokosz Productions

  • Banjo111 1
    Banjo111 1 Vor 2 years +4

    I love your videos and watched from Australia. I see how careful you were with your axe. You went from side to side of the tree while cutting the branches well done my friend . Safely first right? Keep well and safe with your family ❤️

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +3

      Thank you. Yes safety is important, so it is important to use sharp tools.

  • Peter Ellis
    Peter Ellis Vor 2 years +13

    I would like to suggest that when you're doing the felling cut with your saw, you get down on one knee. It will relieve a strain on your back that you may not notice now, but in twenty or thirty years you'll know about it ;)

    • Linda NWFirefighter
      Linda NWFirefighter Vor 2 years

      Peter Ellis indeed!

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      @Peter Ellis okej will test next time, thank you:)

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +5

      Thank you, yes I just also want to be able to get all the momentum from my body and not just my arms. :)

  • Buffalo
    Buffalo Vor 2 years +2

    Hello Erik, wouldn’t a wedge make sawing a bit easier? Beautiful logs, amazing log work!

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      Good question. The trees are not that big so a wedge can fit without being in the way of the big saw. Otherwise it would help. But still I fell these trees very fast.

  • Otto Bee
    Otto Bee Vor 2 years +4

    Thanks for sharing. You are living in many guys' dream. I learnt a lot from your video. One question about the log preparing: are the logs ready to use? Don't you need to dry them for, maybe one year before using?

    • MidnightAmratha
      MidnightAmratha Vor 2 years +3

      It all boils down to moisture content, floor timber needs to be around15% or so, or the planks will push out the walls if they get wet, on the other hand if you use them when they are around 22-24% you will get gaps around 1 centimeter ( 3/8) inch, not ideal for flooring i guess. The logs themselves will check when drying because the center is already drier than the outer layer therefore shrinking less, also the length will reduce when drying though only 1-2% versus the circumference which will shrink around 5-7%. Overall "green" logs are going to "work" when placed but taking that into consideration means you can use fresh lumber for building, only timber you want to keep a very tight tolerance ( like furniture wood) needs to be dried out down to around 9% ( the overall moisture humans find to be "dry".)

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +3

      There are a lot of different ideas around how long a log should dry. I believe that you can let them dry how long you want, just that you have to be aware of it when you are building. Letting them dry now for a month+ in this dry weather and then build windows and such so that the timber doesn't crush them when drying is important. If drying logs for a year the shrinking is not as much. However it is much harder to cut with the axes in such dried logs. Thank you for you question. 👍

  • Grounding Roots
    Grounding Roots Vor year +2

    Att plantera nya träd är en fantastisk idé! Är helt fast i din kanal nu 👍🏼 Inspirerad och tankar på att bygga eget känns inte så långt bort i framtiden. Tack för fina bilder!

  • Larry325
    Larry325 Vor 2 years +2

    Erik! I really look forward to your videos, glad the weather is warming up so we can see more. I am in Maine, USA we are getting warm days and as soon as you take off the coat Mother Nature throws a little snow at you. She is in charge! 😀 looks like your weather also. I am retired but with the virus everything is shut down here. I am happy to have your videos to look forward to. You have a great group of followers. Stay healthy and safe. I will be watching! 👍👍

  • Richard Lay
    Richard Lay Vor 2 years +1

    Curious, do you add anything to the soil to help the young saplings survive the shock of transplanting?

  • Shmarren
    Shmarren Vor year

    Well done! How many trees /logs did you roughly need in total for the entirety of the cabin?

  • Tsanko Tsankov
    Tsanko Tsankov Vor 2 years +10

    Great to see you replanting some trees! Very nice video - you are doing a really good job at filming and editing! Maybe you should take a degree in that, together with the forestry :D That video makes me impatient for the upcoming summer building series. Keep up the great work and don't give up young man! You have restored the faith in the younger generation in many people around here...

  • nagesh jadhav
    nagesh jadhav Vor 2 years +3

    great work , planting tree, yours is the first video wr i am seeing someone planting 🌲 . keeping posting , take care

  • Tahleasin Parker
    Tahleasin Parker Vor year

    so proud that you are planting new trees. It is important to give back what we take for the land.

  • Steven Schwagel
    Steven Schwagel Vor 2 years +3

    I really respect you for not gas powered tools, I wish I could work and learn from you.

  • Mornay Van Rooyen
    Mornay Van Rooyen Vor 2 years +5

    Greetings from South Africa Erik. Keep up with the vid pal. We will support you. Nice to see a young man do a cabin build. It's my dream also.

  • Gelly gelly
    Gelly gelly Vor 5 Monate +1

    Well done for planting new trees!

  • Scott Redmond
    Scott Redmond Vor 2 years +7

    Thanks for adding a little joy to this day!! If I may make a suggestion, maybe bring a pair of safety glasses with you to protect your eyes.

  • McRocket
    McRocket Vor 2 years

    Another great video from the nerdy woodsman - 😉
    Seriously, do you mind telling me where (what type of business) you get your sappling's from and how much they cost each? I am curious.
    4:12 - There is something so soothing to me about the sound of a falling tree - I don't know why that is.
    Thanks for another great video.

  • archdes10
    archdes10 Vor 2 years +2

    you're lucky, you've all the source. your family definitely owned the land. nice project.

  • jeff Hetschel
    jeff Hetschel Vor year +5

    Of all the bad that has come from Covid, this young man inspires me to be hopeful about the future! Thank you axe wielding young buck!

  • Keith Kuckler
    Keith Kuckler Vor year +1

    I am now a bit over 71, i live in the extreme north east corner of Minnesota, a state where a lot of Swedes emigrated to, including some of my great grand parents. I have always loved to plant trees, and, there is nothing quite as rewarding as seeing the tiny saplings you planted thirty years ago, grow into tall trees. Some die, and, do not make it, but, the ones that do are one of lifes rewards. I now can stand in the shade of white pines that i planted, i can stand there and listen to the whisper of the wind though their fine boughs. I am a builder, and, i will leave some buildings, some furniture and cabinetry behind be when i go, but those trees that i nurtured in our rocky thin soil will be my true legacy.

  • Lukas
    Lukas Vor 2 years

    You are my inspiration. I have got big dream to build one by myself after I finish high school. Just parents call me fool for wanting to do so :(. You are master craftsman and your skills and experience are awesome. You should be proud of yourself.
    Btw what school did you study?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      Happy to be an inspiration. You should go for your dream if it makes you happy.
      I studied science 3 years. 👍

  • David Ross
    David Ross Vor 2 years +58

    You remind this old man that the young really are the hope for the future.

  • Onyx Rafle
    Onyx Rafle Vor 2 years +1

    Nice job. I like the editing. If you've ever watched primitive technology what they do is provide context/commentary in the subtitles so you can turn it on or off if you want it or not. I know the stuff in this video is self-explanatory but it's an option if you do something a bit more complex.

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      Thank you I have not thought about that option before, maybe I will do that. Thanks! 👍

  • Celia Paulino
    Celia Paulino Vor year +3

    That is the right thing to do. Replace the trees you cut . A green environment is good .

  • Tyler
    Tyler Vor year +5

    I have been binge watching this build series tonight. When I am finished saving up I will be doing this same thing after getting a solid piece of land brother

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor year +3

      Nice to hear, that brings me joy. I hope everything works out for you and that you fulfill your dreams. Always remember that anything is possible. When you have started send me a picture. Good luck. :)

  • KaasGermaan
    KaasGermaan Vor 2 years +1

    Hello Erik, great video. So is getting a piece of land in Sweden accesible for let's say a foreigner?

  • baum stamm
    baum stamm Vor 2 years +1

    hei erik, when do you choose to fell a try with your timmersvan saw and when with the big axe? and can you tell why people did it the one or the other way in the past? is it just a matter of the evolution of tools where the saw is the more modern way or are there pro's and cons to both ways... as i have both options now i was thinking about this quite a lot lately..
    hope you can tell me and good luck with your cabin!:)

    • baum stamm
      baum stamm Vor 2 years

      @Erik Grankvist of course i saw what you were doing.. but what are your thoughts on that? why not just use the saw, or the other way round?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      Thanks for your question. If you look closely I do the "face cut" (I think it is called in English) with the axe first. Then I saw from the other side.
      In the beginning I believe they only used axes, then came the saws.

    • baum stamm
      baum stamm Vor 2 years

      i mean fell a tree..

  • Chris
    Chris Vor 2 years +2

    Greetings from Vermont.
    100% enjoy your videos.
    I am almost 48 and I want to make a small cabin . never too late I guess!!!(hope)
    Good health too all !!!!!!#

  • stephen trujillo
    stephen trujillo Vor 2 years +10

    He's using only hand tools. No gas powered b.s. now that's a man! Much respect bruh!

  • patch mack
    patch mack Vor year

    very practical lesson for one and all - if you taketh away, you must put something back, i wonder how many trees to make this cabin? looking good

  • Mattan777
    Mattan777 Vor 7 Monate

    Hej Erik! Roliga videos att följa! Var hittade du din svarta keps du har på dig?

  • Henri Messinghausen
    Henri Messinghausen Vor 2 years +2

    You have gotten more ease, more rest in your body, and I guess mind too.

  • Jappel
    Jappel Vor 2 years +2

    Guess you are totally safe for the virus in the woods :) take care and thanks for the new video

  • Myles
    Myles Vor 2 years +1

    Right on ! Keep up the hard work

  • Mark Fritch
    Mark Fritch Vor 2 years +1

    Is there a reason that you don't use the saw to cut the horizontal cut on the face?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      I like to cut the "face cut" with just the axe, for me I think it goes faster. :)

  • Bradley Schneider
    Bradley Schneider Vor 2 years +2

    It's a light of work for an older man but you a young lady make it look effortless,its cool when you slow down the video mix it up.you sure have a lot of rocks on your property. I don't remember is this your property or your family's and how many acres is this. Great content my young friend keep up the great build and may god bless you!

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years

      @Bradley Schneider Yes it's ok I understood directly when I read it that you meant lad.

    • Bradley Schneider
      Bradley Schneider Vor 2 years +2

      Sorry my spelling was off didn't mean to call you a young lady I meant young lad

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      It is my family's property, about 25 acres or 10 hectares, not so much. Thank you. 👍

  • Willi Gee
    Willi Gee Vor Monat

    Love the axe you've got so accurate

  • İrem Fırat
    İrem Fırat Vor year

    How do you decide which tree to cut?

  • yasuo yanase
    yasuo yanase Vor year

    良いですね。 次世代の人々の為に そして25年後以上のの為に植林をする 素晴らしい事です。
    日本では 今 オリンピックの試合をしています。

  • İrem Fırat
    İrem Fırat Vor year

    What did you do with the small branches?

  • bill setag
    bill setag Vor 2 years +2

    Erik, any chance to train your cute dog to hold-up one end?

  • Larry Jacobs
    Larry Jacobs Vor 2 years +1

    Why do you make the upper marks on the tree before cutting it down?

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +2

      Some days before cutting these trees down I marked them that way. To remember which ones I had picked out to be cut down. I did not film this, so I did a little extra just to illustrate. Thanks for the question. 👍

  • Graem Elliott
    Graem Elliott Vor 2 years +1

    Thanks for planting more 🌲s. Where did you get the baby trees?

  • Dave Wilmoth
    Dave Wilmoth Vor year

    This much more common then you think. Have you replaced what you have used?

  • sergio quiroz
    sergio quiroz Vor 2 years +2

    me gusta el momento en que siembras mas arboles saludos sigue adelante

  • Mehmet Özkorkmaz

    tebrikler kestigin ağaç yerine yeni fidan ekiyosun

  • Concertina Madrigals
    Concertina Madrigals Vor 2 years

    Are you allowed to just build a cabin wherever you want in your country? I have to look into it, but I don't think it works that way in Canada...

    • Gerald Armstrong
      Gerald Armstrong Vor 2 years +1

      True! In Canada, if you live in or have property in an unorganized township, you do not need to follow normal building codes nor need a structural permit to build. Being that there is no structural code for a log structure, to build one in an organized township, it would have to be a 10 x10 or smaller to not need a permit... anything bigger, you'd need a permit

    • Henrik Larsson
      Henrik Larsson Vor 2 years +2

      It´s a very confusing area, with a lot of rules. But no, you can´t just build anywhere. You need a permit, that costs money.
      If you already own the land and have existing living-housing there. You can build small lodges under ~25 m2 with a small permit, that they always lets trough you just have to report it, as long as it´s not in an area with neighbors very close, then it needs to be build like some meters away from the property lines. This would probably be the case for Eric.
      In Canada there is some special places, where there is no powerlines, or bigger community, or any guaranteed road services etc that you can build without building-codes or the IRS harassing you. Like "My self Reliance" has done, check him out.

  • Linda Petersen
    Linda Petersen Vor year

    Erik I see some fat bark on that tree GREAT For starting fires for you and also for pine tar to make it!!!

  • djsjajjsjs
    djsjajjsjs Vor 2 years +1

    Hi Eric i want give u advice please where glasses to protect u eyes from wood when u working God bless u dear God love u he will take care of u👍❤

  • Kálmán Széles
    Kálmán Széles Vor 2 years +1

    very-very great job im apeciate you,you joung boy,thank you.

  • M A X I M O
    M A X I M O Vor 2 years +1

    I think that this men is very good playing minecraft🙂

  • Frankie Ashley
    Frankie Ashley Vor year

    Don't forget safety gloves.... incase the tree falls on you...

  • Lars-Göran Abrahamsson

    Blir rätt trist att se i längden men bra jobbat !

  • Mausplunder
    Mausplunder Vor year +1

    do you have a link for the saw in the video. i searching for one pls thanks

    • Mausplunder
      Mausplunder Vor year

      @Erik Grankvist oh... :( but thanks for reply

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor year

      No. I don't think these are made new anymore.

  • Haythem Saidi
    Haythem Saidi Vor 5 Monate

    What is the type of this trees?

  • Cabin in the woods
    Cabin in the woods Vor 2 Monate

    @5:28 is this checking for boring holes from pest/bees ect.?

  • Cs Life
    Cs Life Vor 2 years +1

    Did you buy land or is it free land ?

  • Hati S
    Hati S Vor 2 years

    Why do you chose spruce instead of pine, is it because you have less pine in your area?

  • tony blast
    tony blast Vor 9 Monate

    How many trees did you fell for your cabin?

    • Creativename 3
      Creativename 3 Vor 9 Monate

      Around 50 for The whole cabin.
      He has planted around 2000.

  • Ro bert
    Ro bert Vor 2 years +1

    genau richtig, wer erntet muß auch neu pflanzen.

  • Drew142
    Drew142 Vor year

    Living the life

  • Jebi Se
    Jebi Se Vor year +1

    oh nice watching this i remember i need to put some seedlings in other pots now...

  • Ramon Bauti
    Ramon Bauti Vor 2 years

    💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻desde España

  • Emrullah Uzun
    Emrullah Uzun Vor year

    Amazing. So much respect.
    I wonder that why did you cut of the shell of the tree at 10:00 ?

    • Chase Stender
      Chase Stender Vor year +1

      Really the shell, not even going to answer your question

  • Ro bert
    Ro bert Vor 2 years

    wie hast du den Baum gefällt in der Schräg lage

  • Kálmán Széles
    Kálmán Széles Vor 2 years +2

    plantation boy.thank you .

  • John Coccimiglio
    John Coccimiglio Vor 2 years +1

    how old are you and great job
    and where are ya from
    because the location is beautiful

  • Richard Sabean
    Richard Sabean Vor 2 years +2


  • Дилмурат Камирдинов

    Why chop young trees let it grow

  • Ralph Mausehund
    Ralph Mausehund Vor 2 years +1

    Where you putting your cabin. At

  • Miguelito castro valle
    Miguelito castro valle Vor 2 years +15

    Esto es un poco de todo

  • Rudolph Gutierrez
    Rudolph Gutierrez Vor 2 years

    20 feet apart

    • Erik Grankvist
      Erik Grankvist  Vor 2 years +1

      If you mean for the plants. For spruce it is 7 feet, so they grow in length and don't grow big branches. Then after some time you thinn out the forest.

    ZEKİ TAŞER Vor 2 years +1


  • Domingo González
    Domingo González Vor 2 years +5

    Alguien que hable español

  • Jarnetti Fritjof
    Jarnetti Fritjof Vor 9 Monate

    WHOA..ah, Just Wonderin'. Please, can you Tell Me.. *How* *Much* is (video-)theather *In* Your Show? ( *here* in 'VideoLands'.. Wanabiis Watta Ewö.. ;) - Virtual_Dream..Worlds? Dont you. *THINK*

    • Jarnetti Fritjof
      Jarnetti Fritjof Vor 9 Monate

      @Andy McCabe Well, *if* 'Err..or' *IS* you, then. 'Non *and* sense' *MUST* be ..good? Right. *THINK*

    • Andy McCabe
      Andy McCabe Vor 9 Monate

      Err.....is it me, or is this nonsense ....?!

  • Annette Millette
    Annette Millette Vor 2 years +1


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    Cara Austin Vor year

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  • Me and Nature
    Me and Nature Vor 2 years

    I think its time to get a chainsaw.. its 2020 lol