It might not be the most common thing to do, but building one’s own home from scratch is surely one of the most satisfying things to do – especially if it’s built from trees that you felled yourself.

Unless you’re one of the few who has the time on their hands to build a log cabin from scratch using trees from your land, the next best thing would have to be this new 24-minute video from John Neeman Tools, which documents the entire process of building a log cabin from scratch with hand tools and using only joinery rather than nails and screws.

Says builder and owner Jacob:

“I built my house from trees that I felled with an axe and two man crosscut saw in my own forest. I did it following the research of old carpenter’s calendar that coniferous trees should be felled in January’s first days when the new moon rises and the deciduous trees should be felled in the winter time during the old moon. In winter time trees are sleeping and the juice and moisture content is very low in them. As time passes timber felled in winter becomes light and strong.”

Built based on a West Latvian historical wooden architecture technique, the build process used mostly traditional carpenter hand tools and human energy – including shovels for building out the foundation.


Adds Jacob:

“I have fulfilled my vision to a build natural, ecological house with high thermal efficiency, low energy consumption, sustainable, using local materials such as – wood, stone, old and new clay bricks, moss, linen fibre, clay, water, lime, wheat flour, salt and wood shavings.”


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.