My Self Reliance
My Self Reliance
My Self Reliance

Log Cabin Building, Woodworking, Bushcraft, Survival Skills, Cooking, Canadian Wilderness exploration, Hunting, Fishing, Off Grid Living in the forest with my golden retriever Cali.
Hi, I'm Shawn James. I am a passionate outdoorsman living the life of my dreams in a log cabin that I built by myself in the Canadian wilderness. Join me and my golden retriever, Cali and listen to the sounds of the forest in this relaxing wilderness setting. I prefer to keep my talking to a minimum and let the natural sounds of nature make you feel as though you are there with me.
New videos EVERY FRIDAY & randomly throughout the week - Please SUBSCRIBE so you don't miss any. Thanks for watching!
Mailing address:
RPO Bayfield North
P.O. Box 20042
Barrie, ON
L4M 6E9

Winter is Coming

Winter is Coming

13 ditë më parë

Thanks for everything

Thanks for everything

17 ditë më parë

Leaving the Cabin

Leaving the Cabin

3 muaj më parë

An EXPENSIVE blooper!

An EXPENSIVE blooper!

8 muaj më parë

Time to Get a 2nd Dog?

Time to Get a 2nd Dog?

9 muaj më parë

My Wild Life at the Log Cabin
I Have a Question for You

I Have a Question for You

11 muaj më parë

  1. Jess and Gigi

    Jess and Gigi4 minuta më parë

    Thank you👍💜

  2. Jack Honess

    Jack Honess5 minuta më parë

    When people ask me 'if you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one thing, what would it be?' I'm taking him


    NELSON JULIAN GOMEZ GIRALDO16 minuta më parë

    Absolutely beautiful and moving!!!! Thanks so much!!! Less is more!!!

  4. gisan kim

    gisan kim16 minuta më parë

    You are Robinson Cruso!!!


    98 KZEW-DALLAS FT WORTH26 minuta më parë

    I wish I had your skills-Thank you for the vids.

  6. Libra W

    Libra W30 minuta më parë

    ALworks send a recommendation about your video...i check. Calming,entertaining,inspiring...have a good day


    98 KZEW-DALLAS FT WORTH43 minuta më parë

    @43.35-lol-look at those muddy puppy paws.

  8. Neili Pinheiro

    Neili Pinheiro43 minuta më parë

    Uau... Perfeito!!! 😉

  9. sproket

    sproket44 minuta më parë

    So lonely

  10. michael scriver

    michael scriver44 minuta më parë

    perfect pizza bro

  11. Richard Videau

    Richard Videau47 minuta më parë

    respect de la france

  12. gisan kim

    gisan kim56 minuta më parë

    You really a man!!!

  13. Ghostiification

    GhostiificationOrë më parë

    I didn't even know wild grapes were a thing, especially in Canada or Northern parts of the globe :O And you have wild apples aswell, damn. You guys are all set over there, who needs a grocery store anyway!

  14. Lady Hawk

    Lady HawkOrë më parë

    Take me with!!!

  15. DAG Vikings

    DAG VikingsOrë më parë

    lovin it ! got to love the outdoors,and dogs ! im headin out to the duck huntin shack soon! love the vid!

  16. Maxfred Mustermanfred

    Maxfred MustermanfredOrë më parë

    Greetings from germany and big thanks! I wish I could be there for just a day. It really is healthy to watch your videos and to enjoy the feeling of pure relaxation. Sadly over here is no space to be in the "wild" and too many rules about what we can't do in the woods. So keep up the great work and watch yourself, family and dog out there!

  17. Silvia Taylor

    Silvia TaylorOrë më parë

    who does this videos ?

  18. Brian Devlin

    Brian DevlinOrë më parë

    I started going back and watching some episodes and videos I may have missed and now I am terribly confused. What is cabin #1 and what is cabin #2? Sounds like the machine debarked cedar posts went to the 10 x 20 cabin.

  19. Person

    PersonOrë më parë

    *2 years alone* somehow finds ripe bell peppers, mushrooms, and beef steak in the woods in december.

  20. Kortez

    KortezOrë më parë

    A gdzie ładował baterie do kamery ??

  21. Silvia Taylor

    Silvia TaylorOrë më parë

    that is truth, you do not have to bee alone, The word of God teaches that, We can be alone and not lonely , God fulfill every need we have , spiritual as well

  22. I. George

    I. GeorgeOrë më parë

    fuck the sun glasses, was the wallet a good leather one ?

  23. Samir Damardji

    Samir DamardjiOrë më parë

    I’m in love. Your life, your dog, your house.... all is perfect. Thank’s a lot All best for you Sam 💚 liberté

  24. Silvia Taylor

    Silvia TaylorOrë më parë


  25. I. George

    I. GeorgeOrë më parë

    you have a very small mouth. good job, youve gone so far !!

  26. Silvia Taylor

    Silvia Taylor2 orë më parë

    He still have friends come over, and he goes to the city , his sister, his children will be visiting . Mr. self Reliance , is not a isolated person , is just a preference of living a retirement life. He knows about the city I saw him city dress like , well put together, I know people who have a nice house not a cabin , they have the grandchildren visit from the city , beside the own a RV and January the move to Arizona, because of the cold weather in MN . The difference is that there house is a city house with all appliances and technology . I would still want a computer and TV cable. For Mr., Self Reliance to be that expert not only construction, but with food , preservation, likes wild meat, probably he was use to this lifestyle in his youth . Lovely , and his wife enjoy it also. Kids are living a college life, they always know they can come and relax , they have nature, river, most of all each other, they are in good shape and a young couple . Congratulations, I wonder how and when they decided to live in the wilderness.

  27. Cléverton Ame a Natureza

    Cléverton Ame a Natureza2 orë më parë

    good video... Congratulations!

  28. dannydelicious

    dannydelicious2 orë më parë

    Thank you for a great inspirational channel!

  29. king Kaiser

    king Kaiser2 orë më parë

    dog is good.

  30. outbackoutside

    outbackoutside2 orë më parë

    I so enjoyed your sharing of your everyday life. I am transported to a very happy place when watching. THANKS......I enjoy both of your channels and always look forward to your new installments.

  31. Everkush

    Everkush2 orë më parë

    this video hit the soul, thanks sir.

  32. Adam F

    Adam F2 orë më parë

    *Clearly Arthur Morgan is immortal*


    98 KZEW-DALLAS FT WORTH2 orë më parë

    Great video again sir.-Thanks.Scott/Texas

  34. RagingAsianGuy

    RagingAsianGuy2 orë më parë

    Minecraft in real life?

  35. I. George

    I. George2 orë më parë

    that house isnt a house and it isnt that long after all. and the dogs didnt do anything but play. and some of the guys didnt help at all. disappointing, im reporting this video to youtube great channel man, that video with 2 years of retrospective WAS FUK1N AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Roberto Prado de Oliveira

    Roberto Prado de Oliveira2 orë më parë

    Like, very good! 👏👏👏

  37. Cecil Thompson

    Cecil Thompson2 orë më parë

    What did burning the wood that went on the roof do? Did it seal it some how?

  38. Renato Oliveira

    Renato Oliveira2 orë më parë

    deserto??? onde?? nunca vi nevar no deserto kkkkk

  39. Wempi S

    Wempi S2 orë më parë

    Amazing video mister.. Really like it..

  40. Cléverton Ame a Natureza

    Cléverton Ame a Natureza3 orë më parë

    Fantastic! Very Good!

  41. PegMo Mo

    PegMo Mo3 orë më parë

    The subtlety of your ability to demonstrate / teach your fire starting skills is superb Shawn. A lesson in each session is what I love along with the fantastic job you do with your camera. As I have said in the past you inspire me. If I could add something my Grandmother taught me (via my Mother) is that with green tomatoes at the end of the season. She had me wrap them in newspaper individually, place them in a sack and store them in the root cellar which I know you have. They will slowly ripen for you bringing in the last of the year crop. That is if you do not know this already. Enjoy your winter prep as I am surely doing the same.

  42. mike stone

    mike stone3 orë më parë

    I wish this was my family's reality.

  43. FaReal WitIt

    FaReal WitIt3 orë më parë


  44. Agus subroto

    Agus subroto3 orë më parë

    the stuff is modern

  45. Agus subroto

    Agus subroto3 orë më parë

    what diference with charli chaplin, heheheh its back to ancient film

  46. Agus subroto

    Agus subroto3 orë më parë

    wow its look like charli chaplin without voice

  47. Waraporn Sornsupap

    Waraporn Sornsupap3 orë më parë

    Wow amazing ! i wish to run away from city to live like that

  48. Andrea Golden

    Andrea Golden3 orë më parë

    I feel ignorant asking, but what’s the tin called that you boil water in, by setting it down into the lid/container where you started the fire? Simple but looks like a great item- especially for someone who hates unnecessarily fancy gadgets.

  49. Silvia Taylor

    Silvia Taylor3 orë më parë

    sorry. Yes please do not leave anything in your truck, car etc. It invites thieves. You will get it back. God will provide.

  50. Haris Hassan P M

    Haris Hassan P M3 orë më parë

    It is too interesting to live in forest with wooden cab. I am really interested in this life as like you. I am praying to God to have more more fun in your forest life. I am expecting to share more more experience of your forest life. Thank you very much for this kind interesting video. And also you are sharing a message to world that, there is also a life in forest a peaceful happy life,no tension, fresh air,no tension, no work pressure, air pollution etc. Best of luck for your future very very very very very very very happy life. Thank you very much

  51. Nico Lust

    Nico Lust3 orë më parë

    I can wath your videos all day. I have this kind of longing living in this type of environment. But the question is "where do I begin? " I admire your dedication and truly envied your ability to make manifest your ideas. What a man.

  52. Nico Lust

    Nico Lust4 orë më parë

    I find this type of man very attractive rather than those working in the corporate world.

  53. cathy phegley

    cathy phegley4 orë më parë

    Did you say check your dish to Cali? Sweet.

  54. cathy phegley

    cathy phegley4 orë më parë

    I think even your tools love you Shawn!

  55. skintt125

    skintt1254 orë më parë

    You are the absolute man! It's funny because for the last 3 years I've been saving up money to one day buy my own few acres of land (Irish country side) without Mortgage. This channel just popped up in my recommendations recently and is adding fuel to my passion for this life style. Keep up the good fight, and I'll be watching your channel closely for these top notch tips. BTW: Your wood work and craft is absolutely amazing. Definite food for thought for myself.

  56. Andrej Alexandrovic

    Andrej Alexandrovic4 orë më parë

    what a great choise you made.. MY QUESTION IS though. You have been there for quite some time... do you want something else? Do you want to go back to the city or is this what you want to be in for the rest of your life ...

  57. Caryn Van Wyk

    Caryn Van Wyk5 orë më parë

    I prefer Polar Bears

  58. Joshua Gador

    Joshua Gador5 orë më parë

    22 mins in , realize it's a 1:30 hour video , OOOOH YEEEEAAAAH

  59. Mary Johnson

    Mary Johnson5 orë më parë

    when do you feed the dog

  60. claytoaj

    claytoaj5 orë më parë

    Fabulous! And oh my God, all the hand tools. You must have been dog tired at the end of every day. That was a ton of work, and it looks great! I particularly like your little Pantry under the floor.

  61. aweawe aweawee

    aweawe aweawee5 orë më parë

    which wood are you using ? Do you plant new trees that you dont run out of ? Iam sry for my bald english

  62. Jeanson105 Olivier

    Jeanson105 Olivier6 orë më parë

    who TF is giving a thumb down ?!

  63. AK Q

    AK Q6 orë më parë

    I never missed a second of the video,

  64. Travis Mullins

    Travis Mullins6 orë më parë

    genuinely curious if squirrels in Canada are higher pitch than in eastern Kentucky or if it's just the recording. Either way there's no chance they taste as good as the fat ones that run around these parts!

  65. マチキちゃんねる

    マチキちゃんねる6 orë më parë


  66. Linda Johnson

    Linda Johnson6 orë më parë

    Hi Shawn...I laughed when you said Cali was a very demanding child. It reminded me of when I was a little girl I would follow my Dad around and was so curious of everything he did and my Mom s well. I’d be asking who what where when why how??? He would say to me go see your Mother for awhile. So I do and later she would say go see your Dad. I laugh now when I think of it. Guess I was certainly a bother. So now I can watch you and keep saying wonder what he going to do with that? How? Where? Why? Love your videos!!!

  67. Roger Talley

    Roger Talley6 orë më parë

    Brother!! You need a chopping block out there at your wood shed!! Your back will be like mine one day, believe me I use to be extremely active and it only took one accident and years of abusing my back to put me in a vehicle to get to the woods and electric heat.

  68. Rücklicht

    Rücklicht6 orë më parë

    Drinking Vodka with bears.

  69. anuj kumar

    anuj kumar6 orë më parë

    How much hours of work does it took?

  70. MS automotiva

    MS automotiva6 orë më parë

    Eu ia fazer uma pergunta para o canal, mas são mais de 16 mil comentários!!!

  71. johan pantja putra

    johan pantja putra7 orë më parë


  72. ปรมินทร์ จุมพรม

    ปรมินทร์ จุมพรม7 orë më parë

    Why the man burn woods before take it to the roof?

  73. mary allen

    mary allen7 orë më parë

    That was really interesting. I've seen thousands of bunches of grapes and always assumed the bloom was because they had been sprayed with bluestone or similar. I never realised they grew that way.

  74. Bonnie Sadler

    Bonnie Sadler7 orë më parë

    Nice duck.

  75. jcastanza

    jcastanza7 orë më parë

    Wow that is one of the best looking log cabins I’ve seen. I think a doghouse would make a cool video. Imagine how bad ass of a dog house he could build in one day. That would be a fun video to watch, I think!

  76. jcastanza

    jcastanza7 orë më parë

    Does anyone know if in any of his videos he talks about homesteading, how it works etc? I mean are there areas of land that the government just says are up for grabs and can be claimed for free,’and is this now legally his land?

  77. Marc Carney

    Marc Carney8 orë më parë

    That feeling I get is what my friends and I call the "jonesing" to play our instruments being musiscans in an and out of bands! Its like the addiction of pineing for someone or something you love with and just cant be without, so I can understand how how you feel. Hang in there, it'll get better!

  78. Shaun

    Shaun8 orë më parë

    Nice work! but let's be real, you had help doing that... Anyone with a bit a Carpentry/building knowledge know you can't lift those logs into place by yourself! Not hating but show everything next time lol

  79. ta2gypsy

    ta2gypsy8 orë më parë

    Truly awe inspiring. Thank you for your time & effort you took to share this experience.

  80. Florence Scott

    Florence Scott8 orë më parë

    Wow!! Dinner looks really delicious . You you really know how to cook.🙌🏼😋🙌🏼😋🙌🏼😋

  81. Эльгиз Габибли

    Эльгиз Габибли8 orë më parë

    👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 hello my friend I’m from Azerbaijan 🇦🇿 video super

  82. R.I.P. Reality Is Perspective

    R.I.P. Reality Is Perspective9 orë më parë

    Hang the panels above the tree level...I'm sure you can think of a way to do it.

  83. Jess Hughes

    Jess Hughes9 orë më parë

    I am writing to share the most incredible thing you will ever hear, and it has everything to do with you position if you will follow it. First, it is impossible that anything you can touch, taste, hear, see or smell on the face of the earth, be it lighting, tornados, rocks, life, minerals from salt to plutonium or anything that can be seen with the most powerful telescope we have in orbit and beyond what we can see, that could possibly exist without having been created. Because of this, we can be sure that everything that is had to be made where there was absolutely nothing to make it out of. Romans 1:20 New International Version For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. So you see, there is a God. I myself have studied world religions in depth in college and much more so on my own time. I have found that the only religion that holds water is Christianity. I am no affiliate of any Christian denomination as they are called because the enemy has a very well received counterfeit in place and the condition is terminal. I am Messianic, where I find Truth to be most rightly applied and followed.

  84. Deimos Cain

    Deimos Cain9 orë më parë

    Beautiful and nicely done! If it was double the size, I'd live in it! 🤔

  85. Aileen's Lookbook

    Aileen's Lookbook9 orë më parë

    away from all the noise and the meanness of human beings, if i make a lot of money i will do that, be in the middle of the forest where nobody can reach me and live like a hermit. Then perhaps i can find the peace of God.

  86. V.M. B.

    V.M. B.9 orë më parë

    hello Shawn, I was wondering, why do you only use pieces of wood and wood shavings to make a fire and why not dry tree leaves? you have enough. Regards vera

  87. Piotr Smolnik

    Piotr Smolnik9 orë më parë

    Watching this movie felt like I stood on top of youtube.

  88. มนัสนันท์ พัชรมหามนตรี

    มนัสนันท์ พัชรมหามนตรี9 orë më parë

    I like your video, I follow your videos

  89. Toney Johnson

    Toney Johnson9 orë më parë

    I love how you change up what you eat. I know a lot of guys that would just eat the same easy to cook things all the time. I can tell you love food the way I do. Thanks for sharing. I love all your videos but I like the cooking ones best.

  90. bigfatno

    bigfatno10 orë më parë

    C'mon now, Shawn, we never saw Dick sweat when he was ripping wood. ;-) Haha! I'm not saying you're not awesome in your own right, but that man was a gosh darned beast! :)

  91. El Guapo

    El Guapo10 orë më parë

    Why do 3.3k viewers disliked this video?

  92. Gil Blue

    Gil Blue10 orë më parë

    You are very ahead . keep doing what you do. you can keep fighting or you can keep going forward. always be you.

  93. John Wallace

    John Wallace10 orë më parë

    Congrats! This channel is great for many reasons, not the least of which being that you show younger generations that this is a way of life worth living.

  94. Ivan Klemetsrud

    Ivan Klemetsrud10 orë më parë

    I'm sorry but I have a really hard time enjoying these videos that are supposed to be about "Self-Reliance" when this guy always looks like he just went on a 3 days shopping spree at Cabelas, Amazon, and Home Depot.

  95. rods907

    rods90711 orë më parë

    I would throw away everything I have just to do this ! I would have done it if things in life didn’t change that for me !! But I am thankful for what I do have !! Wife,Grandkids, still alive,

  96. Daniel Taylor

    Daniel Taylor11 orë më parë

    a man doin man stuff

  97. Sa Sa

    Sa Sa11 orë më parë

    About how much wood do you need for the winter? 1/2 ton?

  98. MingWLee

    MingWLee11 orë më parë

    It happens that the supermarket right next to the corner has duck on sale now, I will grab one and roast a duck on tomorrow night~ :D