I stumbled across this online video yesterday. It is a self made documentary by Richard Pronneke who was a carpenter, diesel mechanic and war veteran amongst other things. In 1969 Pronneke retired to a place called Twin Lakes in the Alaskan Mountains. The documentary shows the building of the cabin that was to be his home for the next thirty years.
It's amazing to see Richard craft the cabin with only a few hand tools. He sounds like a fascinating character, not many individuals can thrive in the solitude of such a harsh but beautiful environment. This documentary is a study in bushcraft in action, surviving and thriving!!!
Supposedly his journals have also been published. I think I might track them down.