I hammered in some branch pegs and wrapped jute around them to make a fence. The ladder is just a small branch broken apart and glued together.
The entire ark is 27" x 8" x 13". Ted, my hero, drilled the portholes for me. Four in the front and four in the back.
The doors actually open. The hinges are made from real leather that I cut off a 1950 rocking chair!
Nic and Mary already broke out their plastic animals before I even finished.
I figured they'd be happy using their toys, but both said they wanted me to carve them animals for the ark. How could I say no?