|3 Generations Planning the Canoe|
When my father-in-law was a teenager he built a boat in his basement. He spent the whole winter working on it. When Spring came and he was ready to hoist that boat out of the depths of his house, his teenage mind had not thought through the logistics of getting a full size sailboat up a narrow L shaped stairwell that was the only exit from the basement.
Tried as he might there was no way that boat was going up the stairs. His father took pity on him and got some help to remove a basement window and part of the wall to get the boat out. It was smooth sailing after that, so the story goes...
This is the boat story that my husband grew up with. He heard it over and over again as a kid... and as you might have guessed it planted a seed in his teenage brain too. He decided he wanted to build a wood strip canoe, but he grew up in Florida and didn't have a basement.
It wasn't until now, with a teenage boy of his own, that he has started to build his dream boat. Learning from his father's mistake he is constructing it in the garage not the basement.
Fortunately for my husband we have a master carpenter of a nephew who helped create the strong back to hold the form of the boat in which he is attaching the wood strips.
|My daughter helping her cousin build the strong back.|
|Father and son striping the wood.|
|Finished wood strips.|
So this is my husband's Simple Living project, I invite you to think about what you have always wanted to build.
|Attached wood strips.|
Whatever your dream... turn of the TV and engross yourself in a creative project. Who knows maybe someone else in your family might get interested too? Quality time together... that's always a good thing. Whether or not anyone joins you in the project it will make you feel more fulfilled and relieve more stress in your life, than a video game or yet another reality show.
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