Tiny House Furniture, Gratitude, Perspective and Perseverance, Log Cabin Life, Braised Lamb Shanks

(wind howls) – Good girl, you’re a big help. You should have a nap, Cali. You look tired. Yeah, you look tired,
though. (dog grumbles) Can you sit? Cali, sit. Okay, do you want me to let you out, or do you want me to go out? Sit. Nope, not now. Can you give me five? Oh, 10. Okay, I’ll let you out. I can’t go out, pup. It’s too cold for me. I still get a lot of
questions about why you take the bark off the logs
before you build the cabin or other furniture, anything
out of it, and the answer is that it holds the
moisture as well as insects. So, you can see this wood that was cut, I cut this down about a year ago. The problem with that is that
the bugs are already in there. So is the moisture. So the top layer tends to be damaged, deteriorated a little bit,
and full of grub holes. In a lot of cases, the
grubs are actually right in, deep into the wood. So, as I’m drying this wood out, the grubs will be coming back to life from their winter dormancy
and coming out of the wood. So I wanna dry them quickly
and get them outside to debug, essentially. So there’s several methods to debarking. A lot of people use a
draw knife, and I do too, especially when it’s really holding on, when the bark’s really holding on. But a better tool is actually this. It’s actually meant for
this, for debarking. A better way to do is
actually take it off sideways, ’cause then you can kind of get
all the way around the stump or all the way around the log. And that, of course, won’t do it. Like that. So, you loosen it up, and you can kind of go all
the way around and peel it off in one, sort of one big
chunk like that, see, where with the draw knife, you’re just taking a strip off each time. What’s out there? What’s going on out there? Did you get excited? (pot clanks against stove) Something going on out there? (Shawn laughs) Spoiled, aren’t you? Spoiled dog. So I asked a while ago for
questions from you guys about what you want to hear
from me in regards to success in life and success in business maybe, or how to achieve this kind of lifestyle. And I made the point, and I
wanna continue to make the point that I don’t want to
sound like I’m an expert. I don’t wanna sound like I’m preaching, so I’m literally just answering
questions, your questions, and from my perspective, what I think the keys to happiness and success are, ’cause I feel like my life
is where I want it to be. I’m finding meaning. I’m finding happiness. I’m feeling fulfilled. And if I am maybe, you can, by
following some of the things that I’ve done or just pick
up the odd tip or trick or habit or whatever from me, so just a little bit of advice, so. Again, tune out if you’re not
interested in hearing this. This is the my self
reflections part of the video, so here I go, answer to
the broader question, how do you turn your life around when you are in a bad
place that, you know, that you’re willing to admit
that you contributed to? So there’s two ways of looking at life and at suffering and at
the difficulty of living as a human being, and
one of them is to assume that life just sucks and
it sucks for everybody, and therefore, it’s not worth living. And then the second thought is that maybe your life, good or bad,
is a result of the things that you put into it, the
effort that you put into it or the decisions you make and the people that you have in your life and so on. I think the truth is for
me, from my perspective, is that it’s a combination
of the two things. Life is hard. It’s difficult, and
it’s made more difficult by our frame of mind, our perspective. But basically, having, I guess, gratitude, appreciation, goes a fairly long way. When I lost my business
and went from making like literally $300,000
a year and, you know, building up this value
in a business itself, when I got hit by the financial crisis and hit by the result of
bad decisions that I made, it left me $750,000 in personal debt that I had to get out of. And when my wife and I went
and talked to bankruptcy trustees at the time to see
what the next move would be, what the solution would
be or what we should do to try to resolve the
situation, they said, first of all, the type
of business you’re in, you can’t declare bankruptcy. So that’s not an option. So taking on that debt and
dealing with the creditors is the only way to resolve it,
which is going to take time, and he said every single
client that’s he’s addressed that was in a similar
situation to that degree ended up in divorce, the
couple ended up in divorce. And I can see why. The stress on me was
incredible, and therefore the stress on the family
was almost insurmountable. My wife is very involved in the business, very instrumental in it,
and she could see first-hand what kind of position we were
in and how hopeless it was. So at that point, we
both could have given up, and me as a man feeling like
my life work was in there, my whole passion was in
that and my value as a man was tied up so tightly into that business that I could have felt hopeless. I could have felt that
life wasn’t worth living. And I didn’t. I felt like, you know, I
woke up each and every day, and I looked at my life, and I thought, I still have a beautiful wife
and two beautiful daughters. I still have three sisters
and parents that are living and in good health. You know, I still actually
was living in the same house. We liquidated all assets. We financed the house right to the hilt just to pay back some of those creditors. We sold off everything,
like, literally cash, whatever was in the garage,
whatever we could sell, including parts of the business, like those assets I mentioned. We sold everything off
just to pay creditors and to have living expenses
or pay living expenses, and ended up with almost
nothing at the end. Well, worse than nothing. We ended up $750,000 in debt
that I guaranteed personally, so I had to pay that, and the business was another 200,000 or 300,000 in debt. So it wasn’t really an
option to continue it. But the stress on me was
so great that I carried on doing the liquidation part,
winding down the business for three months, and then
I got a job with this real unlikable person. I mentioned him in another
video, so I won’t go into it. But did that for six
months before realizing this was not gonna solve anything. I’d be literally never
in a better position for the rest of my life. I’d never even pay off
the interest on that debt, never mind pay the principal off. So I made some major changes. But I made sure the
number-one change that I made was changing my
perspective and changing my outlook or how gracious I was or thankful, so I woke up each morning, like I said, I looked in the mirror, and I thought, I still have all these
great things in my life. I’m still physically in the same shape. I might be a little bit
more mentally worn down, but other than that, what’s the difference between waking up today and
waking up six months prior when I had half a million
dollars in my bank account and a $300,000 annual paycheck? What could I possibly complain about if I had all the same comforts? Still had a warm house, still had food, and those people in my life,
so what was the difference? It was really just a
matter of perspective, and just the extra anxiety of thinking, okay, now my future’s not secure, so when I do get sick or,
mentally or physically ill in the future, or, you know,
something happens to me where I get in an unfortunate
accident or something and I’ve left my family hanging,
but they’re resilient too. People are resilient. People are able to go on, whether
you think they are or not, and that includes yourself. So when these major things
happen in our lives, like, in my case, that was financial, but it could have been a loved one dying. It could have been, you
know, a personal injury that left me in a handicapped position where I was incapable of doing
what I really loved to do and things like this, but
there’s other things in life, and there’s more important things in life, and there’s, you know, you can grieve, and you can forever hold
those losses in your heart, but that doesn’t mean you
should hold onto them so tightly that you forget to live your own life and forget to add joy to other
people’s lives around you, and to me, that was the number-one lesson that I’ve carried, and I think
by applying that principle or applying that outlook, it allowed me to quickly bounce back. I started another business,
and I grew that so quickly, a completely different business
and a completely different mindset and completely
different set of risk factors, so I did it smartly, but
we’re able to pay off all that debt and to get
into a better position. So, it was really the outlook
that I had to change first. Second is habits, good and bad habits. You can get up in the morning
and continue with those bad habits, continue to do those
things that have not worked for you in the past, those
things that have taken you down instead of up, taking you
backwards instead of forwards, whether that’s, you know,
picking up and opening up those bills and paying that
phone bill that’s getting out of hand or the utility
bill or whatever it is, taking control or taking
responsibility, I guess, for every action that you take. Each and every day, starting today, make that decision just
to address one thing even today, and don’t put that off, and let that kind of build momentum. Start, you know, feeling
like each and every day, you’ve accomplished something,
however big or small, that you can build on. It’s, you know, it’s a cycle, and once you get that feedback, once you get that good feeling
that you’ve done something, that you’ve accomplished something, that you’ve eliminated
some of that stress, you’ve prepared some of, or prepared, done something to improve your future and your future security
and your future health. Maybe it’s a diet. Maybe you drink too
much or smoke too much. Do something else maybe,
just this one day. If you just could change that
and do something different, adding a bad habit and eliminate one, or adding a good habit and
eliminate one bad habit, or just do one little thing
good instead of one little thing bad or one little thing
good instead of nothing, that you should have been doing. Then maybe that’s the
start of a great life. And that’s the way I get
up each and every day. I have to tell myself, even
if I’m not feeling well or not feeling motivated or
got depression or something else, that suffering, pain
and suffering that’s inherent with humanity that kind
of wants to take over. I have to fight that, each and
every day, just like anybody and just say, I’m doing something. I’m gonna do something productive today, and at the end of the
day, I’m gonna feel like I’m fulfilled and I
took some steps forward. I climbed that ladder, no matter, that endless latter, ’cause
there’s no top, by the way. So that’s it for this video. I’m gonna sign off here. So you have a great week, take care, and I’ll see you up here
again at the cabin next week.

100 Replies to “Tiny House Furniture, Gratitude, Perspective and Perseverance, Log Cabin Life, Braised Lamb Shanks”

  1. Reading the comments every Friday is something I look forward to all week. The stories you share and positive community vibe here inspires me to keep going. So, THANK YOU!! Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

  2. Shawn,
    Just got to this video and, wow, your insights contained in your message just blew me away. I, too, am a business owner who has experienced loss, both personal and professional. I have been down for some time regarding these things. Your message and numerous insights struck me well – Many Thanks. I will view your message in this video repeatedly.
    Thank You.

  3. Oi James estou vendo seus vídeos muito interessante e criativo quais as medidas da cadeira? estou te assistindo do Mato Grosso Brasil parabéns pelo canal.

  4. Thanks for the self reflections. Thanks for the honesty. Thanks for not editing out the mistakes. You are teaching well. Failures have taught me much. My failures in particular. Be careful with the sharp objects, please. Peace.

  5. I love the ease an explorative nature of your work. How you with care and time turn a little spot in the Canadian outback. into something beautiful. There is so much soul in this. It is lovely to watch and lovely that the videos have the length they have Thanks for sharing. I dream of doing something similar one day. So far I do in small scale in my little home and in my mini garden in Copenhagen. I watch your videos and feel inspired. Lots of gratetude and salutes.

  6. There's nothing I could say that hasn't already been said I'm sure with the exception of one thing. I would love to have the recipe of your bread that your wife makes has it looks delicious and everything else that you do is absolutely phenomenal. I could watch your channel 24/7 as it's the most peaceful calming place for me to go in my head and in my thoughts from all the turmoil in my life and this world that we live in. Maybe one day your wife will make a visit cuz I'm sure she's support you and you support her much love to you both

  7. I watch these videos to get rid of stress… you live in Eden! I’m sure it’s harder in real life but thanks for sharing that life. I take a lot from your reflections as well… kinda like a grizzly Adams Jordan Peterson? 🙂 God Bless…

  8. It is such a pleasure to watch you work using old technics. You have many skills and if feel envious of you. Keep up the good work.

  9. this guy has a year around there in the woods and he has destroyed all nature Imagine sitting and standing and going all the rest What will happen to nature Will destruction all.

  10. pricks all the trees to get syrup imagine at a time if we were going all the guys Like him What would happen in nature Great disaster

  11. that chair is gigantic…put a cushion on and the dog will be in heaven..lol. good work though.better than IKEA any day…💺

  12. I'm glad you are doing this. Sharing your builds, and outlook on life. It's great to hear what you say. Thanks, man.

  13. Good job, Blissiful living, Joyful, peaceful, and enjoyable life. What more do you want? I am heading toward this form of life, bee lining it as not my Goal, but tendered and well thought out expression of my life with my wife to be one will humanity ant the universe of God almighty! I hope you get along well and continue on your journey for life's way of saying hello I am here to be with you and part of you.
    Peace, Love, Lazaro

  14. I already knew i'm not suited to this life but now I am further convinced – i'd be in hysterics at the thought and sight of the creepy crawlies living in the wood! Which makes it all the more odd that I so much enjoy these videos! His quiet skill astounds me, every time.

  15. Hello Shawn!
    I love your YT-channel very much and I'm a longtime subscriber… I'm interested to know, what kind of video editing software do you use?
    Cheers from Germany!!!

  16. Excellent job on big chair for cabin! Nice supper together! Great talk in the end about life, feelings, being happy, loving every day you wake! Wishing you, & your family Happiness, and a greater Love together! Thank you for sharing Shawn!

  17. Oh my god… I’m in love with your videos.. I really admire you. Good on you and thanks for sharing your wonderful videos..

  18. WOW! Initially I was drawn into your videos by your knowledge of survival and work ethic. Now… I see your perspective in life and it’s amazing. By sharing, you are helping others see their way through difficult times. Your reflection comes directly from your heart… continue to be you! Thank you for sharing your videos with us. Have a blessed year!

  19. What a beautiful cabin and way of life……..love your dog, Callie, and all that good food you cook………

  20. Hoje é um dia especial para a realização de um projeto de decoração interior para a cabana Long Cabin. James projeta as medidas de uma cadeira de sala e os troncos de madeira mais finos vam ser o material utilizado.
    Cali parece entender que algo vai melhorar no ambiente pois ele mostra a James o entusiasmo de ver ele trabalhando dentro da cabana. Fica no canto observando e ao mesmo tempo tira um cuchilo.
    Depois de um certo tempo James solta Cali fora e ele corre rola e mostra o quanto é feliz.
    Uma pausa para brincar dono e cão porém James não quer perder tempo, ele quer concluir o seu projeto para sentar comodamente no seu lugar preferido da cabana, perto da janela onde ele vai trabalhar elaborando seus projetos para a cabana interior e exterior. As correspondências e as respostas aos fãs expectadores também seram o lugar que James estará realizando.
    Faz bastante frio lá fora e da janela Cali olha com James a neve.
    A hora da comida chega e ambos se dão o gosto de se alimentar bem.
    A comida se vê muito apetitosa e quentinha.
    O projeto segue seu curso, James se concentra e Cali está impaciente, caminha de um lado a outro, olha pra porta, pra janela, sabemos que ele quer rolar na neve, porém melhor ele estar dentro abrigado pois seu dono não quer que Cali fique doente.
    Já depois de um tempo de cortar, medir, serrar, bater, colar e encaixar, se vê a forma de uma cadeira de descanso muito bonita e rústica com duas almofadas, uma para sentar e outra para o respaldar.
    James mostra sua habilidade e seu amor pelas coisas que realiza.
    Ele é o primeiro a provar o seu trabalho e mostra satisfação ao sentar comodamente na nova cadeira.
    Uma boa comida e o descanso finaliza a labor. Ele não está sozinho, hoje vemos que sua esposa o acompanha, juntos jantam e um brinde mostra a felicidade.

  21. Amazing content. This is great instructional video and reality TV all rolled up into one. It's enjoyable watching you solve interesting problems with interesting solutions, unlike the Kardasians.

  22. Someone once told me there are two things in this life that determine who you are… Your attitude when you have everything… and your patience when you have nothing. You make me want to be a better man. Thank you.

  23. Shawn, you blew me away with this one, I thought you was some rich NY banker the just got sick of the rat race . Thanks for laying yourself open like this. Your message will resonate for a lot of folks and will give them some hope in a hopeless life.Your a great photographer with a good eye color and composition. Keep up the good work. You can win most, if not all of life’s battles if you can maintain an attitude of gratitude. May God bless you and yours, sir. – Ron

  24. Your skills with the camera are crazy good. Make promotional videos. Marketing videos. That kind of stuff. Movie stars would pay you $5,000 to video their wedding… and they get married every other year.
    “Cali-Co Productions LOL NeverMInd. You would have t travel.

  25. The log cabin guide to professional gourmet out door, in door cooking and eating. Now I'm hungry, if you want to loose weight do not watch this video.

  26. Just think this will last way longer than any furniture bought in the store and the pride that knowing you made it yourself by your own hands is the best achievement ever

  27. I know each one like a thing , I live in Brazil and here we have a hard summer and weak winter , but , for me, this vídeos in the snow are the description of perfection . I don't like hot weather . I know the winter in Canada is not easy , but is amazing …

  28. That is one big king sized chair 🐱 I was thinking you needed a vise to hold the log while sawing, and you figured out a good brace. 😀 Thank you for sharing your very deep personal pain, loses and solutions you found. Wow. You overcame. 💞🐱

  29. Loved the adjustment to your saw horse on the fly. Just when I started thinking you needed something to pin that wood down you did it. Really enjoy your work, keep them coming.

  30. You have a beautiful testimony of how life went for you. Thank you for sharing. God bless you.🧐🤗🤩🙏❤️

  31. I grew up pretty close to off the grid.. Funny when I was younger I couldn't wait till become active in society… now that I am older I want to go back to off the grid again





  33. uauu! boas palavras meu caro…poderias até ser um rabino judeo!!! gratidao pélo que se tem é o que nos falta. digo a mim e a muitos que o assistem, nos inconformamos com governos injustos, bancos que roubam legalmente , juizes e advogados corruptos, religioes de mentiras, e oque precisamos é de uma unidade familiar, superar juntos as dificuldades…. tua sorte é que tens uma bos esposa e filhas que pelo que tu dizes, o amam , se amam de fato,,, o que é privilegio de poucos…
    parabens !! que sejas bendito sempre.. abç.
    Agora toque seu banjo,,,rsssss

  34. ชายไทยมาดู ชั่งเขาแสดงธรรม เพื่อจะมีความคิดละเอียดอ่อน ความอ่อนโยน ความรอบครอบ ความมานะอดทน เนี่ยชั่งทำงานคนเดียว เมียลูกไม่ต้องช่วย ? เนี่ย ถ้าเป็นชายไทย ถีบตูดเมีย ออกทำงานทำมาหากินก่อนเลย (ชายไทยประเภท ที่กล่าวมามีจริง)ดูตอน เดินต่อส้ไตยๆ ผู้หญิงเด็ก กองหน้า ชายไทย บวชแต่ ความคิด หยาบการกระทำ หยาบๆ หลักคำสอน พุทธ ชายไทยไม่น้อยอาการ ออแนวๆแมงดา มาดูชั่งแสเงธรรมน่าจะได้ เยี่งอย่างไป สอนตนเองบ้าง

  35. Thank you a thousand, thousand times, for genuinely inspiring us all to become the best version of ourselves, each and every day, in every way, in everything we do. So many wonderful and valuable life lessons packed into the way you work, your work ethic, your human and canine relationships, and your sincere and gentle words of your life story, the guidance…we are all most fortunate, and blessed by you, Sir! Success is truly about conquering your worst self, and converting yourself into a better person. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  36. 💕 I have watched you a few times on tv, where I get Youtube through my Roku hookup. Which I bought (upgraded to next improved version but refuse to get their most expensive one. Don't need that! ) when I ousted cable from our household ! Have never been happier about that decision. Sorry for getting off track. Just wanted to share that with other "cord cutters. On tv's YouTube tho, it shows a sporadic mix of your shows from all over. It seems easier on my phone, but I like the tv screen better. Anyway, unfortunately I cannot comment or subscribe from tv, so I came to my phone to take care of those things.
    I love your content, you're a true inspiration for everyone. I'm wondering where & how you learned your carpentry skills ? And not only that, who taught you to cook ?? Wow ! The foods made on your show are classic !! Leave me hungry everytime ! I heard you mention your wife's braised lamb, but she wasn't there for other mouth watering dishes you made ? So you must have some experience with that ?🤔
    First show of yours I watched was the 2 years with your dog in the wilderness, building the cabin. It was fantastic !! That must be the one you mentioned going viral ?
    Finally, I love your inspirational speaking in the end ! I hope it helps many people who are in life's struggles of their own ! The only thing you don't mention is God. I have to add him in, because without him I would still be a drinking, smoking mess !! 😌♥️👍
    Thanks for your shows !! And "hello" & blessings to your beautiful wife & daughter. (And any other's you may have) 💕🙏👍
    God Bless !

  37. Your speech at the end of the video…normally it would have been boring…but i was engrossed. I had a story..though not really like yours…i had bought 80 acres of farm land near a isolated forest area…but in someone else's name…n got screwed. I wanted to do exactly what you doing. …..Just onething …the almighty comdr does everything for the good…

  38. I recently found your channel and only saw this post yesterday. Your comments on gratitude are as inspiring as your builds. Thank you for sharing. BTW, I watch this while working out and your cooking is killing me! To heck with the builds! I want to come over for breakfast!! Keep it up!

  39. Iam older now my 6 kids are raising their familys now.I am looking to move up in the state of Maine to finaly get my dream!!! I love love love watching your videos on just about every thing you make and do !May you never stop making videos!

  40. I work in construction contracting in the US, FLA – In your business in Canada, didn't you carry Bonds for the projects?

  41. end of the video.. last 10 minutes… I am so blessed that I am able to listen to your speech, muy buenas palabras !

  42. You and your wife stood strong together in hard times; I salute your commitment to surviving the financial troubles together.

  43. You’re a wise man. I find that since watching your videos I’m more aware of the subtle sounds around me. The clink of a spoon tapping the side of my coffee cup, the cupboard door closing.

  44. Chair fit for a KING now the next one for a QUEEN You make great furniture keep it up saw something like if you had the cabin just a bit wider YOU and the MISSES could sleep in a double or Queen size bed on first floor then the loft for a daughter and future husband that YOU & THE MISSES WOULD LOVE TO HAVE!! OH TURN IT AROUND WITH THE Best person in life that is the way for all of US but first YOU HAVE TO BE HAPPY IN YOURSELF!!!

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