When I was about seven years old my dad helped me make a toy boat. I was enthusiastic, as it was my first proper carpentry job. We made it using slats of wood leftover from the fence at the front of our house.

I think I tried to do a bit of sawing, and I definitely did some gluing.

I painted the boat orange and white and drilled a small hole in it where a tiny toy figure could sit and steer it.

I was really excited when the time came to launch the boat.

But when we put it in the water it sank.

Well, it didn’t sink entirely, but enough to say that it wasn’t really working as a boat should.

We tried sticking polystyrene to it, and then it floated, but upside down.

It wasn’t quite going to plan.

I still like it though, and I still have it on a shelf.