I just happened to catch "Alone In the Wilderness" on PBS last week.
It's about Dick Proenekke, who at 51, got himself dropped off on a
remote lake in Alaska to see if he could survive for a year. This was
He brought with him an axe, couple handsaws, spoke shave, auger bit,
etc. First job was to make a mallet and fashion handles for the tools
(brought handle-less to save room on the trip in).
In short order he built a log cabin and made all sorts of furniture
for himself. Even made hinges and a door latch. He used a 3-foot
handsaw to do the sort of resawing you guys buy them fancy 18"
All that handsawing--he's not a big guy, but one shot of him (and he
documented his progress by himself, with his own cameras) shows a
bicep that bulges like a grapefruit! (My own leetle biceps started
tremoring just watching him resawing a 2-foot diameter log!)
Guess he liked it--stayed there for over 30 years.
Although the film covers other aspects of his life there, the main
focus is on his incredible woodworking.
--John W. Wells
for more info, Google "alone in the wilderness"