I'm planning a short story in which - for the purposes of this question - everybody has certain restrictions on their actions due to a 'curse'. These restrictions include having only 1,000 steps, and only ten "strikes", every day.
The "strikes" are essentially motions intended to cause damage or harm, such as cuts with an axe, stabs, slices with a knife, or strokes of a saw. If clarification is needed here please ask.
Now, the characters are in a village, and want to travel a long distance away. Walking only allows a little over a kilometre a day, and the village is sufficiently primitive - and demotivated to travel - that no land transport (including animals) exists. (Things like stilts count as steps - since they're effectively extended shoes.)
They decide to build a dugout canoe big enough to fit three. Twenty or so people can work on this if necessary. It seems to me that this could be done in a week or two by using a combination of hand tools and fire to cut away the wood (remember the strike restriction).
I would like to know:
- What is the best and fastest way to create the canoe? Please supply a relatively detailed method.
- How long would it take? A week? Two? A month? A year?
Sorry if this is off-topic for the worldbuilding SE - if you have a recommendation for a different one to move it to, I'd be happy to do so.
Thanks for all the responses to this. I feel the need to clarify a couple of things:
- if necessary I can allow scraping under the "strike" rule.
- everyone in the village is able to help with strikes.
- the environment is woodland (obviously). The construction of houses etc. isn't set in stone (both literally and not), so there's some leeway in what's available to suit needs.
As several responses have mentioned, making a raft or reed canoe would be faster and more effective. Now, I want this to take at least one week, if not longer. I've updated the title to reflect the possibility of a raft. I will probably say no reeds are available.
So, in the case of a raft, how would you suggest constructing it? I can always invent reasons for them to have little time on their hands to work on it.
Thanks again, and sorry for basically changing the question!