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….
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
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
Janos Valentiny Hungarian artist (1842—1902) Oil, canvas; 1896
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
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
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 …
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
Over the weekend I had time to add a few, more recent, photos of the wagon to the Vardo page. There are many requests and I assume there are quite a few people out there building their own. Good luck to you all.
A great looking house truck from Australia posted on Lloyd Kahn's blog. Always something interesting there so check it out.
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
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
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/
The door is nearly done and the new window is installed. I am loving it and with a few more tweaks, it will be done. I finally put a good coat of Valspar paint on it and really like the new color.
Finally getting back to the wagon with longer days and less going on. Over the weekend I started the new window for the wagon door. The old one was a place-holder to get it out on the road (as are the other windows). Now I want to rebuild the whole door. The frame being built. … Continue reading Wagon Window
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/
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.