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    Gypsy Wagons

    I have been aware of Jim Tolpin building Gypsy Wagons for quite a while and I thought maybe some people here might be interested in them. The following link is to the Port Townsend School of Woodworking where they have a gallery of photos of Gypsy wagons that Tolpin has built over the years.

    <<Link to Photos>>

    Jim Tolpin actually teaches some classes on building these wagons.
    Last edited by Bill Satko; 11-20-2010 at 09:48 PM.

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    Beautiful and elaborate.
    Are they built just for fun or does someone still use these?
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    Very cool, Bill. One of those sure would turn some heads at the KOA, huh?

    If we hustle, we could make one between now and next spring...hook that puppy up to King Bubba the Truck and do Tour de Wood II in style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Beautiful and elaborate.
    Are they built just for fun or does someone still use these?
    I think some people may haul them around and use them like any RV trailer. I don't know for sure, but just a guess on my part.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Very cool, Bill. One of those sure would turn some heads at the KOA, huh?

    If we hustle, we could make one between now and next spring...hook that puppy up to King Bubba the Truck and do Tour de Wood II in style.
    We just need to outfit Larry with Gypsy silks and a violin to complete the scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    ...We just need to outfit Larry with Gypsy silks and a violin to complete the scene.
    I was thinking more along the lines of a crank organ, but I agree Larry would look smashing in silks.
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    Very cool I can see summer use only unless you live in California where it is nice and warm all year long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Watson View Post
    Very cool I can see summer use only unless you live in California where it is nice and warm all year long.
    A lot of Gypsy wagons had stoves. I think you could be very comfortable, as long as you had enough wood.

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    Really interesting, and beautifully crafted.

    Back in the day, early 70s, I met someone who had an old VW microbus equipped with the smallest potbelly stove I ever saw. Little pieces of kindling, like 1 x 1 x 4 inches went into it to warm the vehicle. The stovepipe was maybe 3" in diameter. Haven't seen another one like it since.

    I met Jim Tolpin one time at a seminar. He was sitting next to me. Real nice fellow, quiet, funny and unassuming.

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    having spent a very COLD thanksgiving weekend with friends at Yosemite... no it Never gets 'Cold' in California.... like fun it doesn't.

    those are some beautiful wagons though!
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    They were also called VARDO's and a friend of mine built one and used it.
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