Found some old pictures the other day, and thought I'd post them....
Background: I got married 17 years ago and got kids in the package. I thought it would be a good idea, as a step-dad, to find some fun 'bonding' things to do, both so that the kids had fun and so that I could get them used to 'doing things' which did not involve video games, etc.
Near our house is a little "lake" (really big pond, if you're picky) where the neighborhood kids would play, so I decided that Mike (the youngest, 9 years old at the time) needed a canoe of his own. So I got the plans for a Wee Lassie, shortened it down to 10'6", and Mike and I build it. The deal was that if he helped with every single step, then the canoe would be his and he could do anything he wanted with it (paint it funny colors, put stickers on it, etc.) But... if he skipped even one step, then it would be mine, and he'd have to ask permission to use it.
The pics which follow are not the greatest, but they're what I've got. This was a great project, lots of fun, and Mike's become the kind of person who loves the outdoors and who doesn't hesitate to get his hands dirty.
He didn't, by the way, skip any steps. The canoe is still in the garage and it's still his, though he is too big to use it now.