Scottish Travellers again…

This is part of a series of images, mostly Romany, Irish and Scottish Travellers collected from around the internet.  Many of these historic images found on the web are without citation.  When a clear link to a source is found, I try to include it.  If a source is known, please pass it on and … Continue reading Scottish Travellers again…

Heading to market

This is part of a series of images, mostly Romany, Irish and Scottish Travellers collected from around the internet.  Many of these historic images found on the web are without citation.  When a clear link to a source is found, I try to include it.  If a source is known, please pass it on and … Continue reading Heading to market

Simple Open Lot…

An Open Lot:This wagon is about as simple as it gets yet is obviously relatively modern judging by the running gear and the electrical tower in the background.  A classic three stone hearth lies is the focus of the children's attention.

Wagons are the exception

This is part of a series of images, mostly Romany, Irish and Scottish Travellers collected from around the internet.  Many of these historic images found on the web are without citation.  When a clear link to a source is found, I try to include it.  If a source is known, please pass it on and … Continue reading Wagons are the exception

Vardo in the modern world

A lovely modern vardo.This is part of a series of images, mostly Romany, Irish and Scottish Travellers collected from around the internet.  Many of these historic images found on the web are without citation.  When a clear link to a source is found, I try to include it.  If a source is known, please pass … Continue reading Vardo in the modern world

A lad learning to fiddle…

Fiddlers by the home.A couple of very simple wagons in the background that look common to continental Europe.  Music was a common occupation for Romany across Europe for centuries.  This is part of a series of images, mostly Romany, Irish and Scottish Travellers collected from around the internet.  Many of these historic images found on … Continue reading A lad learning to fiddle…

High ceiling, mollycroft, and some beautiful woodwork

This is an awesome Burton wagon (waggon).  These monstrosities are extremely heavy and somewhat limited for travel due to the smaller wheels.  Very popular with showmen as well as the more prosperous Romany in their heyday in Britain. This is part of a series of images, mostly Romany, Irish and Scottish Travellers collected from around … Continue reading High ceiling, mollycroft, and some beautiful woodwork

Posing by the bowtop

This is a beautiful painted bowtop next to a more modern caravan.  I suspect this image is from one of the large fairs in Britain but I can't find information on it.  It looks like the ladies are done up in their finest for the photo. This is part of a series of images, mostly … Continue reading Posing by the bowtop

Travellers….

This is part of a series of images, mostly Romany, Irish and Scottish Travellers collected from around the internet.  Many of these historic images found on the web are without citation.  When a clear link to a source is found, I try to include it.  If a source is known, please pass it on and … Continue reading Travellers….

Musical family

This is part of a series of images, mostly Romany, Irish and Scottish Travellers collected from around the internet.  Many of these historic images found on the web are without citation.  When a clear link to a source is found, I try to include it.  If a source is known, please pass it on and … Continue reading Musical family

Vardo News, Russian Style

вардо, that's Russian for Vardo; and it certainly looks more interesting in Cyrillic. Searching some Russian pages for vardo information yielded a wealth of photos and some interesting information about Traveler culture in Eastern Europe.  There's as much fascination with the Traveler lifestyle in the largest country on Earth as there is on this side … Continue reading Vardo News, Russian Style

Van Gogh

Early in the planning stage while designing my 'van, I encountered this painting by Vincent van Gogh.  Painted in the late 19th Century, it is, to me, a great image of what is now a bygone era in Europe.  Who knows, if the economy collapses, and the disparity between the rich and poor increases, maybe … Continue reading Van Gogh

The New Gypsies

I have seen photos from this book around the web for a while now.  A fair number of "hippie" Brits are living mobile, a difficult thing to do in the U.S.  Iain McKell has done a wonderful job of photo-documenting the unique, beautiful, sometime spartan accommodations used by these folks on the move.  If I … Continue reading The New Gypsies

The best laid plans …

Everything has to begin with a plan, whether its in your head or on paper depends on the complexity and steps required.  While going through some old notebooks from the last few years I came across some early sketches of the vardo in progress. I know it's not a great sketch and didn't scan particularly … Continue reading The best laid plans …

House Trucks Again

My appreciation for house trucks has grown immensely over the years.  It's not easy building a structure that is both light, strong, and wind-resistant.  Caravans, house trucks, and RVs have to undergo the rigors of hurricane weather every time they hit the road and still be light enough to be pulled.  If you are willing … Continue reading House Trucks Again

Quick and Dirty

This was a quick and dirty build we were talked into a couple of weeks ago.  I don't like to rush these things but the builder's time constraints meant this was the only week to get this done before the winter.  It does show that the basic build can be completed in a very short … Continue reading Quick and Dirty

Paint, Boxes, Many Upgrades

I recently added two new exterior storage boxes, a solar ventilator, painted most of the exterior, and added several new and handy things to the interior of the wagon in preparation for the next voyage.  Although I don't feel like the Snail has really traveled much yet, my recent tally of the trips over the … Continue reading Paint, Boxes, Many Upgrades

Nice Bow Top Vardo

This photo set documents the construction process very well.  Have a look if you want to see something that is very light weight and built well.  Click the photo or copy the link below for more. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tuacatum/sets/72157626603954269/

Collapse-a-Vardo

A new design for the vardo world with the folding bow-top.  It has a great design as it will be light-weight yet roomy. Excellent details so far.  I can't wait to see it in person when we can "circle the wagons".  Click the photo or the link below to see more. http://vrdomayneac-trailerbuild.blogspot.com/

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.