I am excited to say that I did indeed win the Grand Prize from Instructables and Popular Mechanics in the woodworking contest for my vardo/wagon. I have to admit that it is not the finest woodworking I've ever done, but is possibly the most complex and required the most consideration of layout, weight, and durability. … Continue reading Horn tooting
Just returned from a 10 state 3400 mile shakedown run with the little Snail. Fortunately, about 2/3rds of the trip was work-related so not all of the expense was mine. Lots of ideas for finishing out the wagon over the winter. Click the photo for the Vardo page.
I put up a few pictures of the nearly finished vardo. Of course, there are many little things I still plan to do and add, the basic wagon is livable now. I hope to eventually find a smaller stove to fit as this one could easily get too hot for the space it's in. Also, … Continue reading Some new vardo pictures
A view inside the vardo. Put together from three shots. It is so small, its hard to get a perspective through the lens. Enjoy. Also, more photos can found on the Vardo Page including a stove fitting and other fun stuff.
New chimney, storage boxes, pan box, tires, jack and on the road. Rides like a charm. Even fully loaded. More tomorrow. The rest of the VARDO BUILD is still here.
Another take on the modern Gypsy Wagon. I suspect it is very heavy but looks to be very large and accommodating as well. Lots of decorative details. http://www.wanderingbookartists.blogspot.com/ They are also fine craftsmen and artists. Check out their site.
N55 is a group of artists and designers who have some interesting ideas. I have been interested in the Walkinghouse since I first saw it. Here is a link to its "manual" and here is a video of it walking in Copenhagen. I selfishly wish they were doing this somewhere closer to me. While on … Continue reading N55 Walkinghouse
This was our trial run of the nearly finished vardo. I had to stop tinkering long enough to pack it up and get ready to head out. Packed for camping and ready to leave. I should find a way to better secure the steps as the steep mountain grades caused some movement. Taller tires have … Continue reading On the Road
Third try is the best. After trying two other solutions for the table front, this is what I decided upon. Oak with a simple brass sash pull. Not very exciting I know, but still an important detail. The two visible screw heads will be plugged to hide them better. I just haven't made it that … Continue reading Vardo Table
After several requests for information, here is a short list of inspirational sites found on the web. Romany Style Wagons - Romany Road Gypsy caravan Gypsy Vans by Roth Photos Tinker's Wagon pictures from friends & fun photos on webshots Two New Gypsy Waggons pictures from horses photos on webshots Gypsy Caravans from The Gypsy … Continue reading Some Vardo and Sheepherder Links