FAIL Making a Canoe With Fire

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I tried to make a native american dugout canoe...... it didn't go so well: I got a second degree burn from kneeling on a hot coal, got a log burned through it, got another log burned through it and got a log and burned a hole through it as well.

Fun fact: I built this in an area where lots native americans were known to live

Step 1: Obtain REALLY Big Log

The first step to failing is to obtain a REALLY big log I got my first one from a tree that fell over in a creek.

Step 2: FAIL Number One

This was my first try

Why it failed: it failed because some relatives were over and I forgot to check on the fire and it burned through the bottom

Lesson learned: DO NOT kneel when EXTREMELY hot coals are scattered everywhere


Step 3: FAIL Number Two

Second try

Why it failed: It failed because the coals dropped into the hollow spot and the log was up in flames within an hour

Lesson learned: don't use hollow logs

Step 4: Fail Number Three

third and closest to success

Why it failed: I didn't put it out enough

lesson learned: put the fire out totally ( I also came up with a rhyme: when in doubt flood it out)

Step 5: Float Your Boat

Now time to float your boat! My sisters didn't want to get on it so they put their Instructables shirt (they won it in the makerspace contest) on a stuffed animal. :)

As you can see it's maiden voyage didn't go so well.

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"Fun fact: I built this in an area where lots native americans were known to live"

And I bet their spirits had a good laugh watching you that day.

The natives used propane blow torches since the coals were difficult to handle with bare hands.

Well, the one that sunk wasn't a failure, it's a secure place for frogs and little fish to hide in. You did a good thing! Remember, if at first you don't succeed, you're doing it wrong! Story of my life:)

Hey, your canoe looks fine! Just the passenger is too big.

I'm sorry you got hurt, but it is a little bit funny.

A note from an anthropology major: great attempt! I think part of the theory is slowly transferring coals to the log from a fire, it would allow you a bit more control. (It's a really slow process but has a beautiful result)

Yes, I've seen this done in a couple of living history displays. Hot coals are moved from the fire onto the log to be burned out. The coals are fanned as the area burns, then coals are moved to another area (or removed and replaced by new coals if they've burnt out or away) and the burnt wood is scraped out. Repeat until the desired burn is created. And yes, it takes a very long time.