There is an ornament in my living room that visitors to our house notice right away. It rather dominates the room. My daughter's first canoe hangs over the couch. I built that canoe for her in August and September of 2003. It is 10' long and modelled on a very popular 15' canoe by the world famous Chesnut Canoe Campany called the Ranger. I called it a Junior Ranger. For months I had searched the Internet and asked friends about a canoe that might be suitable for my daughter. I found nothing. Five years earlier, I had built a Chestnut Ranger for myself with Peter Gould and Kim Pressnail through a Toronto School Board course. I have found it to be a versatile boat and it seemed like a great fit for a kid if only the size could be reduced.