A Permanent Resource for Vardo, Sheep Herder, Shepherd Huts, and Roulottes
Romany and Traditional Style
Great Historical Resource. If you are just becoming familiar with vardo-style caravans from the 19th century, this is a good starting point.
Gypsy Vans by Roth. Beautiful traditional waggons with loads of information about types and styles. Amazing stuff here.
Solid, towable vardos from Windy Smithy.
Ingham & Fallon, restoration, new and used. The images alone make this page worthwhile.
As the logo says “GYPSY WAGONS BUILT TO ORDER…” or you can buy the plans and get to work yourself. Wagon by Nick Dow. He’s a real artist with the paintbrush as well.
Daphne inspires many modern takes on the old caravan. Many great ideas here and classes offered.
Rachel has created some nice SCA (reenactor) wagons and created an excellent LINKS page.
Plan to spend some time on this website. Anvil Wagon Works in Livingston, Montana makes all types of traditional Chuckwagons, Sheepwagons, and Buggies. Lot’s of great photos inside and out.
The logo above links to their Sheep Wagon page but there is so much more here. These are erious craftsmen of all things traditional Wagon and Wheel related.
The Lazy AA Guest Ranch and Builders of towable Woolywagons.
Idaho Sheep Camp. This is the interior of just one of their many featured wagons. You can’t be more authentic than this. I want one! Pages of images to inspire the builder of tiny homes.
Old Western Wagons are builders of Sheep Wagons, Vardos, Freight Wagons, and other horse-drawn vehicles. Located in Seattle, Washington.
Engel’s Coach Shop of Joliet, Montana. Master Wheelwright and makers of horse-drawn vehicles.
Plankbridge Shepherd Huts from Dorset, England. Traditional huts, not for long distance travel but fine for short moves. Nice designs.
Ranch Willow Wagon Co. builds and restores wagons to the highest quality standards. Company owner Lynn Sedar has been in the wagon business for over 20 years and is also an acclaimed artist, design consultant and furniture designer. Wagons designed by Ranch Willow Wagon Co. are the ultimate blend of history and art.
Blackdown Shepherd Huts. Handcrafted in Somerset, England. Posh and spiffy little cabins with lots of style.
Everything you need to know about historic Shepherd Huts.
THE NEW GYPSY CARAVAN. Looking for an inexpensive plan to build your own car-towed caravan? This is the answer. Timothy Lemke even has a book with full plans.
And yet another in a growing world of home-builder/travelers: Puyuria Problems. It is a blog documenting their building of their little dream vardo. Click the image below to see their progress.
As they say on their page, “Lacking any construction know-how, we are building a vardo.”
In French. The website contains some good old images as well as information about various types of travelers’ wagons (a.k.a. Roulottes).
Tiny Homes: Vardos that are more like Tiny Houses
Tumbleweed Houses have become iconic in the Tiny House Movement. If you want the ultimate in minimalism and a well designed living space, you really cannot do better than this.
Hornby Island Caravans. These are more “Tiny Homes” in many ways but appear to be excellently designed and built “home, office, and guest spaces.”
Hippie vehicles from Britain and Europe: