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
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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
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.