Steve Auth contacted me recently about his Wollywagons and I thought you would enjoy his story about them.
While always having an interest in the old west, which Indiana was once considered the west frontier, anywhere west of the Missouri River to me is the old west these days, and nomadic living in small quarters such as mountain mans cabins, Native American tipi’s, wickiups (a Native American lodge built of sticks and bark) and sheep herder wagons, sheepwagons, (A wagon on wheels with small living quarters, the idea brought to the United States by the Basque people of Northern Spain’s mountain region employed by many a sheep rancher of the west, and I suppose they immigrated here also for a better life as well with all the open range we had at that time.
So after watching the movie The Woolyboys with Peter Fonda and Kriss Kristoferson that takes place on a sheep ranch out west, I said to my wife the only thing wrong with those wagons with living quarters is their a bit small, so I set out and built my first wagon I dubbed the “Woolywagon.”
I build them off of hay wagons with insulated ceilings, hard shelled and much larger than the more traditional sheepwagon, sheepherders wagon, but a similar design.
I consider them to be a draft horse pulled RV with all the bells and whistles you can imagine in an RV. The Woolywagons are great for parking back in the woods or down on the pond for a getaway, they also make a great playhouse for kids. You can actually live in one and I can build them on a wagon gear that can be pulled at highway speed if a client wants one for traveling long distances.
I custom build my Woolywagons for clients with any options they wish or can dream up. They are always rustic looking on the outside and can be on the inside or also elegant or rustic elegance as I call them. I can build folks just the shell and they can finish the interior as they wish, a more economical affordable way for the DIY minded folks or a full Wooly as I sometimes call them.
We also use them for our guests to stay in here at our Lazyaa B&B/Guest Ranch in Indiana www.lazyaa.com and my web site for my Woolywagons is www.woolywagons.com check them out maybe some of you folks would like your very own ” Woolywagon.”