How did Sam hollow out his tree?Sam from my side of the mountain

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Sam finds a hemlock tree that he thinks would make a good home, but he needs to hollow it out.  He doesn't really have much in the way of tools, so he uses fire.

One day, Sam had been cooking some lunch for himself on a fire.  He was about to put the fire out, but then he had a thought.  He realized that the Indians used to use fire to make dugout canoes.  He realized that he could do the same thing to make the hemlock tree hollow and allow him to live in it.  So he started a fire burning inside the trunk.