|The Woodlanders Wagon.|
The Woodlanders Wagon
So, let's take a more in-depth look at the wagon in the making. Very much a have a-go-project using scraps of wood and whatever was to hand.
Heath Robinson eat your heart out!
Martin had a derelict old hay trailer which he took to renovating and insulating the floor. In October 2010 we started working out the shape of the hoop curves...with some handy drain rods propped up to give us the general idea of overall height so we could build the front and back walls first by attaching uprights to the trailer bed.
Later Martin does his Universal Man impression climbing up on the front frame to insert the noggins. Most had to be cut at different angles to get the outside curve shape. All I could think about every time the word ' noggins' was mentioned was 'Noggin The Nog'. A little confusing for me being a general carpentry novice.
Next job was attaching the long rails for the sides to the front and back panels. Alder hoops were then square lashed up and over both sides of the trailer and crossed in the middle. This is what the canvas would sit on, so sharp edges from any coppiced hoops had to be removed. Here is a better picture from the side of the square lashing.
|Back of the wagon boarded with|
gothic shaped window in place.
|Front of wagon front boarding, |
cutting the barrel shape.
The canvas went on temporarily to keep out the rain and snow, but then there seemed to be an eternal wait during the December when the freezing snowy weather put work on hold. Inside the front and back walls were panelled in a very rustic dark green timber reclaimed from a tree house.
The canvas was finally fixed with batons along the sides with tacks and a lot of pulling to try and make the canvas taught. The extra canvas was trimmed off and then the wooden edging was cut to follow the front and back curves..probably the most fiddly bit of all. They didn't seem to sit very well when screwed over the canvas, but that's something to consider for next time.
|Martin trims off the excess canvas.|
|Back view of the wagon with stays up.|
As the wagon came to rest and the potential damage was surveyed, only a dint in the flue pipe could be found. Here she stayed for a couple of months while the stove pipe was fitted, a bed made across the back wall, some shelves put up and latches and seat cushions added.
The stove came from The Windy Smithy and is an ideal lightweight stove for wagons. Although it takes quite a while to boil a kettle, it ticks over nicely reaching a comfortable 17 degrees C inside.
The other morning (late March 2011) we finally got the go ahead and took the wagon across the fields to the wood where it will stay over summer (we hope). I love the way the wood coloured board fit into the woodland setting just right. If I could tone down the green canvas a bit it would blend in a little more!
|Wagon finally in the Wood|
It is still very basic, but you can have a little tour of the inside now. The bunk with my patchwork bolsters makes it a cosy place to sleep at night, whilst the stove manages to boil the kettle in about an hour with some persuasion.Yes, that'll slow down the pace of life a little... we might be looking for a new kettle with a super flat bottom at this rate.
There is a distinct lack of storage at the moment, but with some pottering about I'm sure that will develop. Most importantly is where to put the special whiskey and chocolate cupboard. Well what else should I eat and drink down here?
|Liz (aka Greenwood Woman) sitting on the front porch.|
On a more essential note, we dug a compost toilet in the wood between some cherry trees and built a willow screen around it. Now I'm happy to stay down here for days!