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Stained Glass Windows Links to Other Builders Vendor Wagons and Other Uses

 

Welcome to Spring 2020!

It's a new world, at least temporarily.  I'm not doing any new builds at the moment, but I'll be busy with two from last year to finish.  As ever, I'm happy to chat with anyone thinking of making their own caravan.

But first, my painting project that has grown into more....

In early spring, I decided to paint the trim on the little cedar caravan because  it had weathered badly since I painted the green two years ago.  It was parked on a local farm, under some trees.  I removed the trim pieces and took them home to paint inside.  When I got to the doors, I removed them and covered the doorway with a big sheet of plywood.  Then it got really cold, so I didn't go back for a few weeks. 

Two mistakes: time and a gap behind the bottom of the plywood.

That pile is a combination of huge pine cones and black walnuts. There was even a nest hidden in the back left corner!  Got it all cleaned out this week, put the doors back on, and gave a sigh of relief.  Too soon:

That squirrel really wants back in! He did all this chewing in only 24 hours.  At least the damage is only to trim, so it will be easy to replace. Oh, and of course, he chewed through the screens for a second time.

We've moved the caravan into an open field, and so far, so good.  Keeping an eye on  it...

 

Here is our 2019 Vendor Wagon at its first event:

 

        

 

 

Summer 2019: an onsite build,

COMPLETED in 9 days!

 

A 'homewagon' for the municipality of Neebing, Ontario.  Based on the Journey's Middle series of children's books by Barbara Parent, it will be set up in the municipality's park. 

Building started on Saturday August 17 in the Neebing municipal garage! 

Saturday:

  from an empty trailer to a floor and the start of the framing and back wall

     

Sunday:

lots of  board sanding and painting by helpers Barb and Celeste, ledges complete, front wall framing

  

Monday:

Fantastic progress!  Front wall, side frames, both curved ends, and lots more painting.

     

We stopped early for a trip to the Diamond Willow Amethyst Mine!

  

Tuesday:

roof beams and more painting and lots of visitors!

     

Wednesday:

lots of trim cut and ready, and the first two layers of the roof

  

     

Thursday:

over half the outside trim; windows installed; starting the interior

  

Friday:

more trim, installed the metal roof, and worked on the sliding door for the wall over the trailer hitch

Saturday:

Here's where I've been working all week -  a 20 minute drive south of Thunder Bay!

Two big bays and great company:

Today's success: finished the (almost invisible) sliding door in the front wall, and installed the Dutch doors.  Painted, painted and painted, and added more trim.  Almost done!

     

Sunday:

FINISHED!

     

     

Thank you to my hardworking volunteers: Barb, Celeste, and Bob.

Barb, you kept the details in focus for me; Celeste, you sanded and painted like a pro; and Bob, you kept us smiling, while you got a lot of work done.

Without the three of you, the project would not have run so smoothly and so fast.

  

 

 

Other 2019 Projects

#1

with two single beds instead of a double or queen, and outside trim to disguise the (boring) straight side walls

  

Lots of build-ins, but it still feels spacious

 

#2

now at home in the woods by a river

     

 

#3

heading to Pennsic, 2019

  

# 4

vendor wagon for chimney cakes, an Eastern European delight, situated in Pennsylvania

     

Next:

vendor wagon for Lailokens Awen incense, to be completed spring 2020

  

Other Delights:

Check out this great little market truck by Chris Stark:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Micro-Market-Truck/

 

June 2018: PAM'S NEW CARAVAN

Our #50 and the best yet!

Finished and delivered to NERO Canada site June 28

This is Pam's third caravan.  (The others were built in 2000 and 2013)

A year in the making, it has every feature she could imagine! 

The interior represents countless trips to flea markets and thrift stores. 

The penny table took up space in our living room for weeks, and she filled the winter hours with creating the stained glass windows.

Now, she can enjoy it!  Happy dreaming!

     

  

     

     

     

 

     

     

 

September 2018

         

 

August 2018

this is a vendor wagon, with selling space on three sides

Check out twofairiesandadwarf.com for pictures of the completed caravan in use (and to see their awesome goods for sale)

        

        

     

 

August 2018

  

     

 

July 2018

 

          

      

 

 

May 2018

   

June 2018

      

  

May 2018

   

   

2017 Projects:

ON SITE BUILD in Prince Edward County, Ontario

 

Day 1: start    finish 

Day 2: walls up   ready to cut the 1st curve

Day 3: most of the roof, the  bed

Day 4: finished the under-roof, started the windows

Day 5: the interior is starting to take shape   

Day 6: half day of trim and windows, then home

Return trip: metal roof, front door, bay window.  The finishing will happen after I leave.

 

Complete!

 

10' Sloped sided Caravan.  Varnished pine with stained accents.

            

     

TWO caravans for Amherst Island, Lake Ontario

      

 

Mongolian Luggage Cart with collapsible ends for Pennsic 2017

                             

Steampunk!   I'm making it for myself 'just because', but if it interests you, get in touch!

       

Visiting Nancy's Brigadoon down the road. Still no door...

At Creemore Springs' Turas Mor and vintage festival:

  

Painted Cedar 11' Ledge Wagon for Pennsic 

           

13' Straight sided  Pennsic 2017 

             

7' Ledge Caravan with an old, weather-worn look.  It's an 1867 photographer's wagon.

     

 

Finish It Yourself!

This is as much as I am doing on this caravan.  The owners will do all the finishing work and painting!  The herring bone pattern took longer to do, but looks terrific!

  

Stained Glass Ideas

         

         

Plywood Option

Small plywood version of the cedar reading room but less than half the price

   

      

    9' Ledge Wagon  for Pennsic 2016

The tongue and groove pine siding was cut for us locally.  The doors were made in the same shop.

  

       

 

8' Ledge  with built-in crib for NERO Canada

  

        

 

 11' x 6' straight sided full time living space

     

 

  A fully-insulated chicken coop,  on a simple 4'x5' trailer.  `The girls` are happy in their new home and laying delicious country eggs in the spacious boxes.

      

After the first, I  suddenly found myself building a second chicken coop, in a hurry, to be ready for the Georgian Homesteading and Survival Show.  Building in modular pieces with plywood is certainly faster!

         

Next, my cedar reading room caravan. 

Many thanks to Skip Izon, of Shadow River Boatworks, for cutting the boards for the cedar strip ceiling. 

    The writing desk in front of the bay window converts to a bed. 

     

  

         

Minnie, from 2012,  at a pumpkin festival in October 2015

Here's a FABULOUS look!!!  Nancy's horse drawn caravan!

The decoration is Value Village and personal nostalgia, and the effect is stunning!  She says it's finished, but.....

      

 

     

 

           

 

Whether you build your caravan yourself or I help you, my goal is to foster your creativity and bring your dream to life.

            Circus Wagon- winter

Gypsy Camp at NERO Canada

 

In March 2013 I drove to Wisconsin to visit Circus World Museum.

  Imagine being surrounded by these awesome circus wagons!

   

To inspire you, here are 2 groups dedicated to caravan building:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SCAGypsyTrails/

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vardoshavora/

Other Recent Caravans

The BEARAVAN, a playhouse for two small boys

      

8' Ledge, now at NERO Canada

  

11' Ledge, also at NERO Canada

     

    

        

              11' Cedar Ledge

   

          

       

 

(519) 986-3157 or daphne@daphnescaravans.com