One Year Alone in Forest of Sweden | Building Log Cabin like our Forefathers


Sometimes we hear a call from nature. When I was 18 years old I ventured out alone with only a backpack full of simple hand tools to actualize my dream. Build my own traditional off grid log cabin by hand from the materials of the Swedish wilderness. Just like our Forefathers did.
I had no previous experience in building, gathering materials or filming. So I started studying myself the old arts and learning from my grandfather and mentor Åke Nilsson. I began to cut down trees and film with my phone, learning as I go. My project started full time once I graduated high school in summer 2019. I filmed everything myself and edited this video so you can follow my journey and hopefully learn as I do.
The tractor is a Ferguson TE20 "Grålle" from 1946, they were wildly used to move timber. In 1950 the first chainsaws came to Sweden but they were too big and heavy to be practical. I didn't want to take down every closest tree. So by using the tractor I could haul a few trees from further away, about 150 meters. I would have loved to use a horse but don't have one. yet..

Please share this video with someone who would enjoy it after the year 2020.
My business contact:
Instagram: @erikgrankvist_

Preparing First Logs: (0:00)
Clearing Log Cabin Site: (2:10)
Building Stone Foundation: (3:05)
Splitting Foundation Log: (8:05)
Log Cabin Build Starts (Learning): (12:50)
Starting To Get Faster: (21:35)
Winter Log Cabin: (26:27)
Winter logging: (31:10)
Dragging out Last Logs: (39:40)
Appreciate Nature: (46:04)
Log Cabin Rebirth: (56:30)
How To Build a Log Cabin: (1:01:08)
How To Lift Heavy Logs on Log Cabin: (1:14:06)
Axe Throwing: (1:29:38)
Tall Growth of Log Cabin: (1:31:41)
Windows: (1:43:31)
Special Thanks: (1:53:12)
One Year, Log Cabin Build, Alone, Forests of Sweden, Hand tools, Off Grid, ASMR, Primitive Technology, Viking


  • lisa shiplett
    lisa shiplett4 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What is that scribing tool used @13:46 and throughout the video? I love the care to detail you've taken to ensure a generation or two of lifetime enjoyment. Erik.....Your dedication to work, devotion to your Forefather's knowledge, patience working with raw materials, and an inner peace & pride will carry you so far through life. Share it with a special someone. Blessings to you and your family as your journey continues.🙏☮️💞

  • R Phillips
    R Phillips4 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Best two hours I've spent in I don't know how long. Simply inspiring. Made me want to throw down my cell phone and head for the woods. Oh that I were a younger man.

  • Freedom for Melbourne
    Freedom for Melbourne18 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    His Future wife is going to be mortgage free!! 😄

  • A C
    A C19 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Some yobbo would have either graffitied that or kicked it down by now in England.

  • Marielena Castro
    Marielena Castroਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    does this still apply to me if I only have 3 fathers :/

  • gerardtookmyguitar
    gerardtookmyguitarਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    i would do this, but i don't have the strength or patience for it

  • Psilocybian
    Psilocybianਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I like to think he had no experience. He just walked into the woods and built a cabin like a gangster and didnt say a word for an entire year. With No Gloves!!!

  • Maiwand khan
    Maiwand khanਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    dont cut the trees

  • Jace Bloom x
    Jace Bloom xਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    does this mean he missed the pandemic?

  • mano soli
    mano soliਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    concentratet attention at work. Without pressure of time. In the end you will lift up a tree trunk with one arm :-)

  • Adrian Carter
    Adrian Carterਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Every tree felled should be replaced

  • Captian Skeptical
    Captian Skepticalਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I have mad respect for this guy.

  • Attantitania Official
    Attantitania Officialਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Love you boy

  • Colin S
    Colin Sਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This is so awesome! Im surprised this guy is not jacked, his arms are the same size as mine. My favourite parts of the video are the random downhill skiing with a buddy, the drone footage, and the awesome tripod framing. Props.

  • Sarah Hodgins
    Sarah Hodginsਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    No wolves or bears?

    HASSAN DRAGA2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Behind the camera they are 3 Jeep, One RV with refrigerator and TV, USB charger for his camera, the Director, Sound engineer.. If you ask me about how he shave his face, well... Basically at the end of the day he takes his Jeep to go to home, it's just 2.7 Km away.

  • NoFoundName


    20 ਘੰਟੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    He just missused english the project took a year and he was alone. He didnt live there this whole year its fucking ovious.

  • Jan Milberg
    Jan Milberg2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This video is proof we live in a simulation.

  • paul kennedy
    paul kennedy2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    He looks way too young to use these hand tools with such experience -- looks like he has been doing this stuff for 50 years. VERY Impressive.

  • Tino Blangsdal
    Tino Blangsdal2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    And then come back to covid-19😂

  • EMPI
    EMPI2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    bra video erik

  • Christian Gallagher
    Christian Gallagher3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The warlike donald probably suspect because pasta comparably settle within a tight jump. warm, immense soy

  • Daisy Phan
    Daisy Phan3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I don't get it,the house has not finished yet,but the video already finish. Can you believe it?

  • Balistah R.O.G
    Balistah R.O.G3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    He reminds me of the book "hatchet" :)

  • Zachary Jeffs
    Zachary Jeffs3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Bravo dude..

  • Antti Mutta
    Antti Mutta3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The video is great but description not exactly fitting. You did not spend the year alone in the woods, you used also planks and other purchased wood and the cabin is not finished yet. It also took way more time to get there (considering you wrote you spend all the time there, which is not true). Maybe you wanted to say: Building An Almost Finished Log Cabin Alone in One Year Almost Like Our Forefathers? :) Still the work you put into this is staggering...

  • F4RD4D0 PFAL762
    F4RD4D0 PFAL7623 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I like how he dosent use too much strenght at all, saving energy with just technic e accuracy.

  • Giuseppe Coter
    Giuseppe Coter3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Abbiamo apprezzato molto il modo con cui tratti la natura, e che pianti altri alberi nuovi. Molto, anche le tue ingegnose trovate, come risolvere le difficoltà per sollevare tronchi così pesanti. Ci piacerebbe vedere anche come vivi nella tua tenda, e che cosa mangi quando lavori...

  • Evan Doorlay
    Evan Doorlay3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The PAlife algorithm got us once again

  • Easly Shinkiro
    Easly Shinkiro3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    When he was born the doctor says congratulations its a man! 💯💪

  • Eren Er
    Eren Er4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Killing the nature and recording it ? Thanks.

  • Blueberry Casserole
    Blueberry Casserole4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Love this video

  • Lil_beanWCC _
    Lil_beanWCC _4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why he look like mr. beast

  • L0wiee
    L0wiee4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Imagine, he hasn't got any roof…

  • Petter Nybråten
    Petter Nybråten4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Not sure whether this is a Sverigedemokraterna or a Miljöpartiet campaign video

  • nativist


    4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Miljöpartiet är kommunister som vill att alla ska bo i en liten lägenhet i storstäderna och va beroende på staten.

  • Rocco Varone
    Rocco Varone5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    me thinking that this is not how you sharpen an ax until I realized who is building a fucking house alone 1:18:02

  • uday kumar
    uday kumar5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    How innocent you are. And also foolish to cut so many trees

  • C S
    C S5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I wish I could just walk into a forest and do this... can I?

  • Kelvin Nance
    Kelvin Nance5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    To say you are implacable seems redundant. You have my sincerest admiration.

  • Oscar Lundqvist Olsson
    Oscar Lundqvist Olsson5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Erik to his future kids: When I was your age I built a log cabin by myself from scratch. They are going to feel so useless haha.

  • Laila Johansson
    Laila Johansson5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Det var ju en sån här karl jag skulle gift mig med 😍🙏🏼 Najs skills med yxan!

  • John Piccione
    John Piccione6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Amazing and unbelievable determination. Not many MEN like you in the world.

  • Aravind S
    Aravind S6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Hej fra Singapore, min venn. Set er hyggeligt. Taler du dansk?

  • VroomVroom :3
    VroomVroom :36 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You have a lot of amazing camera angles did you set up the cameras in the area prior to shooting or did you move them around while working to get better shots?

  • Pizza Goblin
    Pizza Goblin6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    god, it must be so satisfying when a log you spent hours chipping and shaping falls perfectly into place EDIT: WAIT A MINUTE. YOU WEREN'T ALONE! THAT OLD GUY BROUGHT PLANKS TO YOU. I CALL SHENANIGANS

  • Hermes Trismegistus
    Hermes Trismegistus7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    so do you own the land?

  • Corrin Rawlings
    Corrin Rawlings8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    He’s created massive Lincoln logs

  • Joe Mcnally
    Joe Mcnally8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The fact this doesn’t have any Voice over/narrator and no background music you left the noise of the Forrest,birds,rain and the satisfying noise logs make when you strike them just right with an axe this is incredible mate

  • Aydin Nouri
    Aydin Nouri8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ok it’s fun. But this kid just destroyed a forest for a PAlife video😐

  • Tjay B
    Tjay B8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Mans living the dream :( wish Scotland had a proper wilderness

  • thermaltake corsair
    thermaltake corsair8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    so fake

  • Lucian Mihăilă
    Lucian Mihăilă8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    🤣🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣🤣 Jobbat 4 - 6 män !

  • Julia's Film Official
    Julia's Film Official8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Amazing 💪

  • AlleyV Sc2
    AlleyV Sc28 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Same as Minecraft XP (Sarcasm)

  • King Burger
    King Burger8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What kinda drone was that?

  • King Burger
    King Burger8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Thats a great sight. Good work!

  • Devine Vaielua
    Devine Vaielua9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    As soon as he heard about Covid this man left civilization to avoid catching it😎💯

  • GrandadPyjamas
    GrandadPyjamas9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Please start lifting with your knees man. You’re asking to slip discs in your back like that.

  • Joseph Ciaravino
    Joseph Ciaravino9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Videos like this make me so eff’n happy. Reminds me of Dick Proenneke. This was done so nicely. Thank you for posting this and for all your labors.

  • Zheng Yu
    Zheng Yu9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Thank you for such a wonderful documentary of your incredible effort. Now I work with this video playing on the side to remind myself "Nothing is impossible with time".

  • MrAdventurer59
    MrAdventurer599 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Wow! Denne unge mand er fantastisk. Som 18-årige skabte han netop sin egen historie, der vil vare i århundreder!

  • Marc-Antoine .VITTORI
    Marc-Antoine .VITTORI9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What are those trees ????

  • CallmeDerek Thanks
    CallmeDerek Thanks10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Subtitles for what?..there's no talking

  • Alain Miot
    Alain Miot10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  • Jbro
    Jbro10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Link n logs in real life

  • King Dickens
    King Dickens10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    ""hi if u ffoj

  • Christel Burrell
    Christel Burrell10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Saving money for sure!

  • Fernando Gonçalves
    Fernando Gonçalves10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    1:31:29 show off... Just kidding, congratulations man

  • Fernando Gonçalves
    Fernando Gonçalves10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    1:21:16 that is frustration summed up

  • MrKieras666
    MrKieras66610 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Congratulations,buy this Man a chainsaw and teach him to dry moss before sealing logs

  • S3ba11
    S3ba1110 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Very nice video but it can be better if you invest in camera with at least 1080p 😀

  • 8484terry
    8484terry10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    After reading the comments I learned he is/was only 18? Wow, I figured early 20's. So basically he was born with an axe in his hand, incredible work and physical prowess Erik!

  • sub cool
    sub cool10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Молодец! Если ты тащишь бревно - не тащи, а используй жердь. Спина это самое дорогое в таком труде. Клади больше моха. Торцы бревен замни (оббей) обухом топора.

  • Nemias
    Nemias11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Mano esse cara estava revoltado com alguma coisa... invés de fazer terapia fez está casa.

  • Nemias
    Nemias11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    O cara terminou em plena pandemia... Vai ter que voltar pra lá😅

  • N K
    N K11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Really dumb question. What is the benefit of shaving the logs?

  • Vali V
    Vali V11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    hmmm "like our forefathers"! really? among other things, did they also had a tractor and cement packed in sacs?

  • Risky CHANNEL
    Risky CHANNEL11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Berasa nonton movie :v

  • Frank Parker
    Frank Parker11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    like our Forefathers - uses tractor. like our Forefathers - uses modern cement. like our Forefathers - uses modern high carbon steel tools. Yeah how about no... Sorry to say what made it hard to build these structures back in the day was exactly the lack of machinery and modern tools, the error and imprecision rate was higher because error tolerance was the same as it is today but the tools had a higher margin of error.

  • jose lopez
    jose lopez11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    be careful when lifting heavy stones. Never lift with your back always your legs. if you have trouble keeping your back neutral wear a weightlifting belt. trust me man it will save you from injury.

  • cute baby
    cute baby11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    just 1 question.. how does he bring the wood into the location

  • Allan Coelho

    Allan Coelho

    8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Dragging it down

  • alexpowr
    alexpowr11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Hey Erik amazing video, love you log cabin, you inspire me to build my own ! I was wondering whats the brand of your Wood compass you use ? Thanks in advance

  • Silvia Andrea Muñoz Rodriguez
    Silvia Andrea Muñoz Rodriguez12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Traducelo pero no se ase lástiman los arbolesD:|

  • David Patrick
    David Patrick12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This is probably the most labor-intensive feat I've ever witnessed. Not only of course the sheer manpower needed to physically build the house. But that, combined with the added element of documenting and editing the whole endeavor in an artful manner boggles my mind. Truly impressive. This kid deservers millions upon millions of views for this piece of art!

  • Hank Ogle
    Hank Ogle12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Literally anything dealing with a tree cutting tool. Nobody even comes close to the Swedes. Whether it’s the cutting tool or person. They always seem to dominate. The precision in fitting the logs together is better than anything built in America during the early years.

  • pzpz2135
    pzpz213512 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Can anyone explain why he isn't using the already fallen trees?

  • Logan Curiel
    Logan Curiel12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Look at this fucking UNIT

  • Zhanserik Akburkitov
    Zhanserik Akburkitov12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why kill a living free?!

    HARDWARE HACKER12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    @31:05 we stopped for dogs to drink.. dogs start to bite the snow :-D

  • GenocideDay5 -
    GenocideDay5 -12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    nice dude

  • Jess
    Jess12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Did he buy this land? Is it his property?

  • perdana channel
    perdana channel12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ


  • Le Cobra
    Le Cobra12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Dude that's awesome especially considering your young age, but how about legal issues? I don't know how it works in Sweden, but I'm pretty sure it's more or less like in any places in the west, if you don't own the land it's illegal to build anything in it. Do you own the land or were you incredibly lucky and no one noticed it?

  • Its me PLAGUE
    Its me PLAGUE12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    valheim irl be like:

  • XLXD T
    XLXD T12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The tree said: Why did you kill me?

  • Artur Kostrzycki
    Artur Kostrzycki12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    the forest by like

  • Jonas Kavaliauskis
    Jonas Kavaliauskis12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    mr beast would be proud

  • Ardii Kun 亗
    Ardii Kun 亗12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Menkrep di kehidupan nyata 🗿

  • Jack McPherson
    Jack McPherson13 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    i can feel the splinters already

  • Demelza Wijmans
    Demelza Wijmans13 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.⚌⚌ !💖🖤❤️今後は気をライブ配信の再編ありがとうです!この日のライブ配信は、かならりやばかったですね!1万人を超える人が見ていたもん(笑)やっぱり人参最高!まさかのカメラ切り忘れでやら1かしたのもドキドキでした,. 💖🖤在整個人類歷史上,強者,富人和具有狡猾特質的人捕食部落,氏族,城鎮,城市和鄉村中的弱者,無`'守和貧窮成員。然而,人類的生存意願迫使那些被拒絕,被剝奪或摧毀的基本需求的人們找到了一種生活方式,並繼續將其DNA融入不斷發展的人類社會。. 說到食物,不要以為那些被拒絕的人只吃垃圾。相反,他們學會了在被忽視的肉類和蔬菜中尋找營養。他們學會了清潔,切塊,調味和慢燉慢燉的野菜和肉類,在食品市場上被忽略的部分家用蔬菜和肉類,並且學會了使用芳香的木煙(如山核桃,山核桃和豆科灌木 來調味g食物煮

  • Pn_Tedro
    Pn_Tedro13 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Young boy became a men...