Wednesday, June 27, 2007

(off-topic) Vardo Talk (i.e., Gypsy Wagons) --

My apologies (since this is totally off-topic) but a friend of mine has just started a "Yahoo group" devoted to "Vardos" -- which we would know of as "gypsy wagons".

He would like to build one (canvas-sided rather than hard-sided) for his attendance at various events (he is a musician and maker of bagpipes and other musical intruments).

To this end, he has "created a yahoo list to allow folks to pass about info about their projects" -- the construction of vardos.

So, if you know of anyone who is interested in this subject, please direct them to this website:

The vardo pictured above is the sort of thing he'd like to build. Because, as he says ...

"With a vardo, I can arrive at an event, pop the top, turn on the heat and relax while others scramble madly to pitch tents and furnish them in the driving rain. Sit back and enjoy all the action over a nice civilized cupa."

-- Jeff


El Grego said...

Very interesting... I would not mind just seeing the pics, for scratch-building ideas.


Bluebear Jeff said...


The "Links" section of their group has some really wonderful (and useful) images -- as well as some that show a step-by-step construction process (for the full-sized ones of course).

One problem however quickly becomes obvious . . . what color to paint them . . . there are so many wonderful examples in various colors.

Anyway, why not join the group (and check the "no mail" option -- so you can just read it online and check out the Links and Files.

-- Jeff

Steve-the-Wargamer said...

....hmm - I've seen a couple in the flesh and I always thought that despite the canvas cover, this was layed over a solid wooden slat type roof... he may have trouble popping the roof! :o))