Gypsy Wagons with Jim Tolpin
Learn the Art and Craft of Building Gypsy Wagons
I want to thank EJ for this great find. I know there are many people here in the states interested in this type of building and I haven’t found anything like this anywhere else. You need to get your name in now as the class is filling up fast. Here are the details:
In this week-long class we will explore how the late 19th century, English-made “Living Wagons” (called “Vardos” by the Gypsies)—were designed, built and used. Then you will discover how modern design and construction techniques can be used to create a wagon that will be enchanting and cozy, yet roadworthy for travel at today’s highway speeds. In the balance of the course you will learn the techniques and practice the hands-on skills that you’ll need to return home and build a Gypsy Caravan for yourself.
Here’s what we’ll be doing:
- Drawing full size patterns for various components such as the end walls and the superstructure supports.
- Designing a suitable chassis frame and running gear.
- Building an endwall for a bow top.
- Making a sample door and window.
- Carving a knee bracket and a length of molding with “butterfly” chamfers.)
- Designing the interior built-in cabinetwork
- Bending hoops with a steam box and setting them to a form.
- Designing electrical and plumbing systems
- Designing the chimney for a wood-burning stove
- Painting and varnishing some sample parts.
- Talking about how to outfit a wagon for the road.
Included in the cost of the course are practice materials, detailed handouts and access to a free online forum where you can ask further questions and solicit advice.
To learn more and get the dates of this coveted class go here.
Photo Credit: Tim Lawson
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