I always appreciate getting mail and comments on the blog; especially when someone is able to take information away and create something of their own. I recently received some fine photos from Kevin with his own Vardo build. I emailed back for more information but haven’t heard anything yet.
The wagon is a lovely and familiar design and it’s great to see it out in public alongside the more normal modern camp setting.Kevin also builds beautiful coolers that I hope to see more of in the near future. One is visible next to the vardo in the image above. Here’s the email I received and I hope to hear (and see) more from Kevin soon:
George:Hello. I have been following your blog for a few years. I’m writing to you directly as I want to share some photos of the Vardo that I built, using yours (and a few others) for much of the inspiration. I wasn’t sure how to go about posting the photos to your blog, so I figured I would send them directly to you.I live near Houston and own property in Buffalo Wyoming, home to a historical population of Basque sheepherders, and many currently rolling sheep wagons. Living in two extremes, I have had some issues with changes in humidity affecting the performance of the wagon and would likely do a few things differently, if I were to do it all over again (but wouldn’t we all).I haven’t seen any updates on your Vardo-make-over in quite a while. Hopefully there’s more coming. I know the work on mine is never done. There are always items hanging around on the list of future improvements.Let me know if you have any questions about the construction and performance of the wagon. I’m happy to carry on a discussion if your interested, and willing to send more photos if you request. You’ll notice in the photos some glimpses of one of my hand made coolers. They’re marine fiberglass coated wood on the inside, and out; built sort of like a cedar strip canoe. I built the chuck-box in the first photo as well. It travels in the rear of the wagon to be set out for camp cooking. I figured these were both items that might interest you.Kevin
It looks great Kevin. I can’t wait to see more.
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I love this! I live in the same climate (the hot one…) and have been squirreling away money for the trailer and drawing up plans etc. I would LOVE to know what he’s done differently for the heat and humidity, and what he’d do differently…!
Ooh, that’s a dream! That door is gorgeous. He’s done a superb job and I wish he’d give us an update. I came here via a Google image search for Basque wagons. Nice blog, George!
Thanks Diane. Don’t worry, there is more to come very soon! Thanks for the kudos. It’s nice to know someone is out there.