Woodworking Tool Tips!
Tips on Searching
Woodworking Tools & Tips
Search for Articles and Videos
ADVANCED Product Search
Alone in the Wilderness DVD - The Story of Dick Proenneke
Highland Item # 202202
An excellent film about a man who survived using only his hand tools
Alone in the Wilderness DVD - a film by Bob Swerer
While there have been several films released that feature Dick Proenneke and his life at his remote
Alaska cabin, this is the quintessential film for woodworkers. Although it is not a how-to film, the
footage does an amazing job of showing the various techniques he employed, as well as providing a
fine overview of the many hand tools he used and how he crafted and cared for them. The film's producer relies heavily
on Proenneke's own film footage and narration from Proenneke's daily notes to tell the tale.
Dick Proenneke retired at age 50 and headed to the backcountry of Alaska to build a log home and to
"test" himself by attempting to live a full year on his own, "just me and the animals." He ended up
living there for over 30 years.
photographer who also brought with him exceptional carpentry, mechanical and backcountry skills, he documented his
efforts with daily journal entries and images that he recorded on a tripod-mounted 16mm Bolex camera.
"'Beyond' was all around me," he declares as the DVD recounts his daily life, which centered around
the cabin's construction, but also included many hikes and canoe trips in the Twin Lakes Valley,
which lay over 40 air miles away from the nearest settlement. The photography is superb.
The cabin was constructed entirely of wood which he had felled from a stand of nearby white spruce trees
the previous spring, and all of it was shaped and carved with hand tools, most of which were fully
or partially handmade by Proenneke right in the field. Proenneke often states, "You can't rush it,"
as he demonstrates how he methodically measured, marked, scored, shaped and set the logs for his 11'
by 15' dwelling, using several types of saws, a mallet, chisels, and an axe, which were his main tools.
This DVD is a gem for anyone who has ever dreamed of picking up and leaving the high-pressured
existence of modern urban life. Although the film recounts an adventure that took place in the late
1960s, its message will remain forever timeless.
By Bob Swerer
Notice to residents of California: Click here to view Proposition 65 warning
Take an interactive tour of our
Atlanta woodworking tool store
CLICK ABOVE to watch our
Web TV Show NEW EPISODE
thru the pages of our latest catalog!
CLICK THE IMAGE
Highland Affiliate Program
Highland Woodworking Tools Affiliate Program! Give your visitors access to one of the most trusted woodworking tool retailers.