Oak Floor again

A quick shot of the oak floor after a coat of stain.  The doorway will have a threshold, also of oak.  I like the stain enough that it has settled the finish in my mind.  All wood will be stained “golden oak”, then varnished.  The various woods will take the stain differently and provide nice variation in color (I hope).

Some Vardo and Sheepherder Links

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


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 Caravan Company

Gypsy Caravans

Windy Smithy

Ingham and Fallon – Caravan Restoration and painting

Vardo Page

French Style

RouléRêve : vente et fabrication de roulottes artisanales en bois

Roulotte de cirque, roulottes à vendre, plan de roulotte gitane


Graine de Roulotte: Artisan créateur et restaurateur de Roulottes

les Verdines, Roulottes Gitanes en Provence – Jeanne Bayol – Saint Remy de Provence

Acheter une roulotte Réalisation de roulotte en bois, vente et location de roulotte pour vos vacances.

Sheep Herder Wagons

Sheep Wagons

Custom Sheepwagons and Chuckwagons from Livingston, Montana

Custom built, Restored Sheepwagons, Sheep herder camps


idahosheepcamp.com – Home



Moore Ranch – Richter Wagons

Dorset Shepherd’s Hut

Housetruck: Housetruck [Polymecca]

Ranch Willow Wagons – Sheepwagons and custom wagon design and restoration

Interesting mix of Traveler vehicles

Traveller Vehicles – Trucks, Buses and Wagons :: Traveller Homes

Beautiful Model A Ford

This beauty arrived at Winter Count and I was very impressed.  It would be a perfect vehicle to pull my little wagon and gives me many new ideas.

It has a modern Toyota drive-train and is 4 wheel drive.

It has a cozy bed and would sleep one person comfortably or two in a squeeze.

Rabbitstick 2009

I have returned from Rabbitstick 2009 and will upload some photos of the event. For those who don’t know or just stumbled into this page, this event is a gathering of people who are seriously interested in primitive technology.  Its a place to learn, teach, and exchange ideas on subjects not easily found elsewhere.  Photos from past Primitive Technology events are posted here.

This is a view of a beautiful skin-on-frame kayak made by Kiliii of Dancing Hawk.


Ghillie brogues (shoes)

I am all about the DIY.  After making a pair of sandals for Winter Count this year (I arrived with only work boots) I got re-interested in making shoes.  I have made many moccasins for woods walking, especially when I was into mountain man and F & I re-enactment and decided to make some new ghillies.  I like these because there is almost no sewing and I think they are cool.  Much of Europe wore a variation of this theme for millenia.  I then took it as a veritable sign when I saw this on the Instructables web page: http://www.instructables.com/id/Viking_shoes/.  Even though these are listed as Viking style, I think they are commonly associated with their Celtic cousins in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.  And they are very nearly the same as Roman carbatina.  Essentially, a basic European shoe.

I made a set of these many years ago with a little instruction from an acquaintance and they were great.  These new ones are a little more thought out and I will likely make a better pair based on what I learned here.  Click photos for larger picture.

pattern and finished

pattern and finished

rear view

rear view

sewn heel

sewn heel

lacing the toe

lacing the toe

after wetting and shaping

after wetting and shaping

drying before oiling

drying before oiling