Tony’s Trailer

A home-built camper with a old-fashioned Mail Coach theme.

Tony passed on his links to me to share with the vardo community.  When I first saw the giant wooden wheels I thought it was a stationary sculpture piece for the back garden.  These actually remove for travel and are really just for show.

img_06231I’m always glad to see someone’s concept sketches as I have filled notebooks with these myself over the years.

side-view-door-openTony’s web page guides you through the entire process in photos (newest to oldest) so you can learn from his build.

stem-walls-and-ledge-placementNote the “dead” space in the ledges as it becomes important storage later.


Straight forward off-the-shelf hardware is used throughout including things like Simpson Strong Ties for the rafter connections.


first-test-drive-iiIt’s a pretty whimsical design and I think this photo sums that up nicely.

pan-box-doorStorage door closed.

pan-box-drawer-outDoor open to reveal a very long drawer.

aft-ditty-shelvesA simple rustic look inside fills the bill and looks quite functional.

stove-installedThe little stove removes and stores in it’s own locker for travel.

If you are looking to build your own camper, vardo, or other living wagon, you can’t have enough great ideas so get over to Tony’s website and have a look:

There are tons of photos and some great ideas there.


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You mean, like a career?

A very nice insight from James, son of James.

The Daily Skep

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been there. I know I have. That moment when you think, “wow, I know I trained for a completely different career but wouldn’t it be great to just be out in the shop building furniture all day, every day.”

The truth is, as much as we hate to admit it, that’s never going to be economically viable for most of us. Vic Tesolin offers some great thoughts on the subject in the End Grain column of the current issue of Popular Woodworking, and what he wrote hasbeen on my mind all week. The short version is that he supposes there is a lot of fulfillment to be had in woodworking as a hobby that becomes elusive when it’s a job.

For me, even though the line between woodworking as hobby and source of income has been increasingly blurred over the last few months…

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Be Kind While You Can


You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great advice from a great thinker.  Life is short and it’s easy to forget those important people in our lives; until it’s too late.

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B.F. Skinner says:

“Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.”

Source: B.F. Skinner says:

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Be Yourself

This advice will go a long way towards happiness.  It isn’t an excuse to be selfish or uncaring of others but to find who you are and what you want to be.  A path we’re all on.

henry-david-thoreau“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”

-Henry David Thoreau


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