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 (also as a little tribute) 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.
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


  1. Nemias


    Acum 12 minute

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

  2. N K

    N K

    Acum oră

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

  3. Vali V

    Vali V

    Acum 4 ore

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

  4. Risky CHANNEL

    Risky CHANNEL

    Acum 7 ore

    Berasa nonton movie :v

  5. Frank Parker

    Frank Parker

    Acum 7 ore

    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.

  6. jose lopez

    jose lopez

    Acum 9 ore

    be carful 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.

  7. cute baby

    cute baby

    Acum 11 ore

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

  8. alexpowr


    Acum 11 ore

    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

  9. Silvia Andrea Muñoz Rodriguez

    Silvia Andrea Muñoz Rodriguez

    Acum 19 ore

    Traducelo pero no se ase lástiman los arbolesD:|

  10. David Patrick

    David Patrick

    Acum 21 oră

    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!

  11. Hank Ogle

    Hank Ogle

    Acum 22 ore

    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.

  12. pzpz2135


    Acum 23 ore

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

  13. Logan Curiel

    Logan Curiel

    Acum o Zi

    Look at this fucking UNIT

  14. Zhanserik Akburkitov

    Zhanserik Akburkitov

    Acum o Zi

    Why kill a living free?!



    Acum o Zi

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

  16. GenocideDay5 -

    GenocideDay5 -

    Acum o Zi

    nice dude

  17. Jess


    Acum o Zi

    Did he buy this land? Is it his property?

  18. perdana channel

    perdana channel

    Acum o Zi


  19. Le Cobra

    Le Cobra

    Acum o Zi

    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?

  20. Its me PLAGUE

    Its me PLAGUE

    Acum o Zi

    valheim irl be like:

  21. XLXD T

    XLXD T

    Acum o Zi

    The tree said: Why did you kill me?

  22. Artur Kostrzycki

    Artur Kostrzycki

    Acum o Zi

    the forest by like

  23. Jonas Kavaliauskis

    Jonas Kavaliauskis

    Acum o Zi

    mr beast would be proud

  24. Ardii Kun 亗

    Ardii Kun 亗

    Acum o Zi

    Menkrep di kehidupan nyata 🗿

  25. Jack McPherson

    Jack McPherson

    Acum o Zi

    i can feel the splinters already

  26. Demelza Wijmans

    Demelza Wijmans

    Acum 2 Zile

    Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.⚌⚌ twitter.com/a054sd/status/1389636166585143300 !💖🖤❤️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

  27. Pn_Tedro


    Acum 2 Zile

    Young boy became a men...

  28. The Multi Bros

    The Multi Bros

    Acum 2 Zile

    gordan ramsay in the wood's be like... Damn them skills with the axe

  29. cg 44

    cg 44

    Acum 2 Zile

    I wonder how much that piece of land cost him. Imagine being so productive at such a young age.

  30. Деревенский Руслан

    Деревенский Руслан

    Acum 2 Zile

    Благодаря вашему каналу, я тоже создал канал и начал снимать видео, спасибо вам большое, успехов, здоровье и тем кто читает этот комментарии!

  31. Hello World

    Hello World

    Acum 2 Zile

    I saw this on Assassins' Creed Valhalla

  32. Simon Weiguny

    Simon Weiguny

    Acum 2 Zile

    1:01:30 The manly Merry Poppins of Sweden

  33. Aksan Dzaky

    Aksan Dzaky

    Acum 2 Zile

    46:26 Respect!!!!

  34. Simon Weiguny

    Simon Weiguny

    Acum 2 Zile

    I would've expected that he does _not_ use concrete. Nevertheless, great build. When do you build a roman house? :)

    • Benedictus Entius

      Benedictus Entius

      Acum 2 Zile

      What type of garden shed is right for me? ⚌⚌ twitter.com/a054sd/status/1389636166585143300 !💖🖤❤️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

  35. Simon Weiguny

    Simon Weiguny

    Acum 2 Zile

    Is it even allowed to go in any wood and build a log cabin? In my country, it isn't...

  36. #catloverrr


    Acum 2 Zile

    ...and be didn’t say “Timber” once? This is a disgrace

  37. Chester Honkey Sports

    Chester Honkey Sports

    Acum 2 Zile

    boy becomes man

  38. Xiomara Rodriguez

    Xiomara Rodriguez

    Acum 3 Zile

    You are very strong

  39. pixiepqueen


    Acum 3 Zile

    Oh God... those poor trees 😢

  40. evan rogers

    evan rogers

    Acum 3 Zile

    So.... Am I the only one who's going to ask where the hell you are that would equal allow this o.o I know in the US at least most places you have to have a permit to build even on your own land... Maybe Iceland or like Europe or something?

    • Lachie Thorne

      Lachie Thorne

      Acum 2 Zile

      It's called one year alone in forest of Sweden

    • Lachie Thorne

      Lachie Thorne

      Acum 2 Zile


  41. Chris Oyenarte

    Chris Oyenarte

    Acum 3 Zile

    I wanna see it done without the heavy equipment 😶

  42. Chris Oyenarte

    Chris Oyenarte

    Acum 3 Zile

    You can do that there? In the US, it's illegal to live "off the grid", even though it's so much better for everyone

  43. Green Apple

    Green Apple

    Acum 3 Zile

    That was hot. Hahhaa He seems manly than the usual. Both smart and hardworking whether be it on making the cabin or on filiming as well. Admirable. 🤗

  44. Luis Manuel Felipe Calisto

    Luis Manuel Felipe Calisto

    Acum 3 Zile

    Engineers: make complicated designs with multiple materials to have the optimal construction of a house This guy: log

  45. grigri bourque

    grigri bourque

    Acum 3 Zile

    me thinking how many blisters this due got

  46. Bernadete Deslandes

    Bernadete Deslandes

    Acum 3 Zile

    I'm amazed to see so much effort and dedication !! ... Congratulations 🇧🇷

  47. Po A.

    Po A.

    Acum 3 Zile

    This guy coming out of the forest after completing the cabin: COVID WHAT???? =P

  48. Mark Robinson

    Mark Robinson

    Acum 4 Zile

    i liked your cabin build, if i had to do it myself i would have dug down into the ground a bit and then built up the rocks and stone on the inside around the ground as walls with a stone fireplace. then i would have put on a flat log roof and then covered it with moss so it would have been completely camoflaged. techniques vary to different people, i liked and subscribed!

  49. J. P

    J. P

    Acum 4 Zile

    I'm pretty sure our swedish forefathers didn't have tractors or cement.

  50. ArtiCrupec


    Acum 4 Zile

    1:29:54 ;P

  51. Michael Siddle

    Michael Siddle

    Acum 4 Zile

    A chainsaw would have saved hours!

  52. KEEMO theraphy

    KEEMO theraphy

    Acum 4 Zile

    Just curious what is the moss for?

  53. Logan


    Acum 4 Zile

    That's a really big Lincoln logs set

  54. Boi Weggeman

    Boi Weggeman

    Acum 4 Zile

    This video is ideal for relaxation purposes. I love the project an the fact that it has no narrator. Cool!

  55. Sheiraly Rivera

    Sheiraly Rivera

    Acum 4 Zile

    Two hours of my life wasted but it was quite enjoyable

  56. Fugo's Husband

    Fugo's Husband

    Acum 4 Zile

    Wh-where did he sleep

  57. Jonathan Irvin

    Jonathan Irvin

    Acum 4 Zile

    What an amazing adventure! Thank you for sharing it. My Swedish grandfather would be proud of you!

    • Jonathan Irvin

      Jonathan Irvin

      Acum 4 Zile

      Can't wait until the next video!

  58. Bce в caxape

    Bce в caxape

    Acum 4 Zile

    Когда захотел стать адвокатом

    • Akbar Khudoynazarov

      Akbar Khudoynazarov

      Acum 2 Zile

      до адвоката ему как до Африки пешком

  59. Karmard


    Acum 5 Zile

    Am just curious, did he plant more trees after the video

  60. Raider Richard

    Raider Richard

    Acum 5 Zile

    Can I come? I’m American with Swedish ancestry. I’ll help. But I’ll set camp away from yours. I’ll just be your neighbor. I live in America. But I will buy a plane ticket and meet up. I’m young like you. 28yo

  61. Carlos Manzo

    Carlos Manzo

    Acum 5 Zile

    I would love to know what the reason for disliking this video would be. 12k????? that's crazy

  62. Carlos Manzo

    Carlos Manzo

    Acum 5 Zile

    the slow-motion part was so satisfying



    Acum 5 Zile

    Det är när man ser sånt här slit man lutar sig tillbaka och njuter av att man flyttade till tropikerna :D

  64. louvic Louvic

    louvic Louvic

    Acum 5 Zile

    Bravo ! Only bravo !

  65. Spreedom


    Acum 5 Zile

    27:27 ok i guess we just ignore the part where you buy wood planks from a store. whats the point of even measuring and chiseling the other wood if u were just gonna halfass it.

  66. 강영희


    Acum 5 Zile

    대단 하네요.

  67. Rhinorawk X

    Rhinorawk X

    Acum 5 Zile

    God I love work, I could watch it all day!

  68. Ruben List

    Ruben List

    Acum 5 Zile

    and here i am, sitting in front of screens all day, wasting time and living in a stressful city and getting mentally and physically sick of it. wish i could do this aswell. time for a change i guess. great video!

  69. Alexandru Orlovszki

    Alexandru Orlovszki

    Acum 5 Zile

    Its not like your forefather because you use beton and tractors ....

  70. Tim Essin

    Tim Essin

    Acum 5 Zile

    Dang!! Where I am I’m pretty sure it is illegal to chop trees down so good for you!! This looks amazing

  71. stephanie potts

    stephanie potts

    Acum 5 Zile

    This man is a fucking protagonist

  72. Fwoup


    Acum 5 Zile

    wheres the roof? lol :)

  73. CCrUstYBlanK3t ,

    CCrUstYBlanK3t ,

    Acum 5 Zile

    He’s not the do it for content ROfilmr he’s the type to do it for fun.

  74. Anton M

    Anton M

    Acum 5 Zile

    Valheim in real world)) Alternative from a real harsh viking! Well done!! Хотя , если по "честноку", паренек, молодец конечно, но опыта не хватает)) Несколько раз, в живую, наблюдал за мастерами, тут есть куда стремиться )) + техника хорошая (я про инструмент) ! Я не эксперт конечно, просто мое мнение.

  75. black BLACK

    black BLACK

    Acum 6 Zile

    Que bueno esto, alguien en silencio demostrando con acciones, un tipo solo y callado te construye una cabaña , siglo xxi a ver si desaprendemos algo

  76. Gamer Guy

    Gamer Guy

    Acum 6 Zile

    next you should go mining for diamonds then u can make a nether portal

  77. Isloc


    Acum 6 Zile

    For a large portion of the video, you are wearing pants with black patches on the knees. I think I've seen other bushcrafters wear something similar before. What pants are those?

  78. Shawn Declan

    Shawn Declan

    Acum 6 Zile

    I like this video its so calm, relaxing and satisfying to watch❤️

  79. DaRealKokujinz


    Acum 6 Zile

    This was worth the last 5% of my battery

  80. Edy SALGUERO


    Acum 6 Zile

    If you would stop fucking around. Like throwing the axe. You would have finish in like 3 months. Lol great job.



    Acum 6 Zile


  82. Brad Peterson

    Brad Peterson

    Acum 6 Zile

    Say something

  83. Jhony Terra

    Jhony Terra

    Acum 6 Zile

    Am I in love?

  84. SGresponse


    Acum 6 Zile

    "One year Alone in Forest..." of course. I also feel alone whenever I'm with people in the forest. Especially when I commute to said forest from my lovely suburban home. "...like our Forefathers" yeah, I'm sure YOUR forefathers had those lovely circle-saw cut 1-by-4 boards to build the flooring. Mine didn't but I guess Sweden is Different. 52:30 - _makes rookie mistake and tries to derive a motivational "nothing's impossible" message out of it._ Mate, you're just like Communism - heroically resolving issues that are only known to you, because you're the cause of the issues. I admire your perseverance, but man, oh man, those non-truths ...

  85. Prof. Mauro Sérgio

    Prof. Mauro Sérgio

    Acum 6 Zile

    I never saw him sweating...

  86. R L

    R L

    Acum 7 Zile

    killed many trees

  87. Michael DeMarco

    Michael DeMarco

    Acum 7 Zile

    Having built a few log cabins including one at age 18 I can say this guy has great skills! Cove joint (top log made to fit bottom log entirely) is the height of the craft and it took me years to learn it. The tools are first rate and the sharpening superb.

  88. Pato pato

    Pato pato

    Acum 7 Zile

    + 10000000000000000000000000000 RESPECT you are very young and did this awesome cabing holly

  89. Philippe Jean

    Philippe Jean

    Acum 7 Zile

    who broke your heart

  90. Toku


    Acum 7 Zile

    Minecraft RTX looking a bit too good nowadays

  91. Сергей Москалёв

    Сергей Москалёв

    Acum 7 Zile

    👍 Are You jurist? Like advocat Egorov? 😀

  92. Mihaela Southgate

    Mihaela Southgate

    Acum 7 Zile

    who tf is filming this like all the different shots and angles what

  93. SenseiFoxy


    Acum 7 Zile

    There are people who do this in a WEEK! Skn

  94. torge kellershof

    torge kellershof

    Acum 7 Zile

    Way to much technicle help. nut nice Work.

  95. Kushtomir


    Acum 7 Zile

    super cool build

  96. Csium


    Acum 7 Zile

    I have one question.. Who allows you to cut trees?

  97. Andreeés


    Acum 7 Zile

    By min 49 we could say that he is not a robot...

  98. Zelda Fanatic

    Zelda Fanatic

    Acum 7 Zile

    man could probably shave with that axe i mean my goodness that's sharp

  99. Julio Cesar Leone

    Julio Cesar Leone

    Acum 7 Zile

    São José dos Campos Brasil

  100. Pamela Feather

    Pamela Feather

    Acum 8 Zile

    So, why no doors, or windows? I'm assuming he is going to cut them in afterwards, that is not how it was done in the old times.