gypsy wagon

Gypsy Vardo Art Rig

Our vardo has taken us two years to build so far, and we’re not done really. It continues to keep us busy working on it bit by bit.

We use it at art shows, music festivals and markets selling our artwork. We are chainsaw carvers, I’m a hand carver, and my husband paints. We sleep in the vardo when it is not full of our displays and artwork. It is also, of course, a very comfortable camper as well. We designed and built it. The cot sized bunk beds are quite comfortable and we can pull the top one out to make a double sized cot. There is storage in the top arch over the beds as well as over the porch, and under the side seats.

Ours is on a frame that lets the body be 8′ X 10′. 2 feet of that is porch, and well worth the space. I sit on it a lot at shows, and folks love to take pictures of their family being kidnapped by gypsies, or selling their kids to the gypsies. Just fun.

It has a metal frame and metal skin. We didn’t want it to ever need rebuilding. Also has birch plywood interior (screwing each piece to metal involved a great deal of pre-drilling and many broken screws). The finish will be shelac once I get all of the trim done.

The kitchen is on the hitch as we didn’t want to have to cook inside. It worked out even better than we thought.
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Built and photos by Christina White.

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  • Reply Joel September 5, 2013 at 7:39 am

    What a great set up. Thanks for sharing. I’m curious where you found that cool little wood stove?

    • Reply Christina White November 6, 2013 at 11:17 pm

      I found it on ebay…it is called a mighty might and I think it was designed for ice fishing shacks.

  • Reply Regina September 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Oh my…I LOVE this!! Ya’ll have done an outstanding job and I plan on checking back in to see what else you add to it down the road.


  • Reply Marsha Cowan May 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Pretty cool! The outside is lovely, and I can’t wait to see the inside when you are done. Hope you will post again later. I love the outside kitchen, great way to take advantage of the tongue space without adding too much weight. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Emily Le Moing February 11, 2017 at 10:00 am

    This is so beautiful and I love your carvings! Thanks for posting the pictures.

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