This week on GPB they aired a program call Alone in the Wilderness. It follows, or rather presents, the life of Dick Proenneke, or rather his later life. After retiring at 50 he went to Twin Lakes in Alaska where he built his own cabin in the wilderness. The film follows that first year building the cabin and then braving his first winter. Dick filmed it all himself and kept detailed diaries. He lived there for over 20 years.
The footage of the animals and and the landscapes are nice but seeing him work the wood and construct his foundation, frame, roof, door, fireplace, sled, and more is really interesting. The man can saw and work with an axe. An excerpt is included below, and the whole thing can be seen on a few Chinese sites through Google.