Finally, there is news to tell about my Vardo project! Lately I’ve been busy with felting beautiful pieces of wool, training myself in cutting wood into small pieces, gathering a little money, and most of all: cleaning up my old mess. For this project I’ve moved back into my parents house, and in my room there were 2 households. One from my 5-year time in Amsterdam, one from my 2 year time in Goteborg. Besides, there were all my papers, drawings, poems, examinations and writings from when I was a little baby up until when I left my parental house (at 18). You can imagine my parents do have a big house, else I couldn’t have saved all that, but there is a time of collecting and there is a time of throwing away, and right now it’s time for throwing away and starting fresh. All this stuff is impossible to take in the wagon, and my parents want to use my old room, so I’ve been busy for days on end to clean up paper by paper, and the mission is to finish with just 1 box of memories over all those years. I’ve put lots of things on the internet for sale (check out the page Help Along), at the moment lots of books, and lots of other things are yet to be uploaded, to be brought to the second hand shop, or even to the dump. And when my room is finished (which it isn’t, yet)? Well, there is a whole house left to clean up, it all is one big museum of years and years of a collectors family, and it’s time to make some space. I‘ve also done a little experiment with the felting and made a woolen carpet out of the wool from one sheep. We don’t have such huge tables, so I had to do it on the grass field, and I’ve been walking over it instead of doing it with my hands. Also, usually you are felting with your hands for quite some time, but instead I’ve rolled it up almost immediately when it was completely wet and full of soap, which was quite a risk. But, I found out it was no problem, and the result is rather amazing! It still doesn’t fit on the table, so it will be for a large couch, or maybe even the floor (it doesn’t have long hairs so it is rather suitable for the floor), so I’m very happy. My mom has a lot of large fleeces still lying around, never done because of their size, and now I’ll be able to do all of them. The world is much more beautiful with a pretty fleece. In between all that I’ve been earning a little money for the Vardo as tree-trimmer at farmer in the neighborhood who has as hobby some x-mas trees, baytrees and other bushes and trees. It’s nice to earn some money, but lately especially I’ve made some beautiful pictures….. But, enough about my extracurricular businesses. The young smith has returned my call and yesterday he passed by to have a look at my current frame. I was afraid it wasn’t going to be good enough, or at least that it would take a long time and a lot of money to fix it, and he agreed with me. He told me there are several Miedema frames in the area where he lives for sale, and they seem rather solid to him. So, the plan is to go and visit those, check it out, ask if I could get the frame for the project, and then he’ll fix it in such way that I can finally start building. Of course I’ll pay him to do so, live isn’t for free, but the best thing is that he already has fixed such a frame before and has knowledge on it. The Miedema wagons are made before the last war in these areas (so-called WOII), in order to be pulled by horses, and therefore have a different kind of frame. The frame I got is able to turn 90 degrees at front, which makes it capable of turning around in small spaces. But the downside is that it might fall on its side. Also, the axles are straight, while small roads are often higher in the middle, which won’t fit. The Miedema wagon instead has queer axles, which make the higher middle of the road able to pass through the bottom of the wagon. Also, the steering mechanism is different, so the wagon will turn over less easily. It all seems so wonderful! Now I gotta get one.
What to do with the one I already got? Well, pieces of the iron are very useful for fixing the new wagon, which probably will need some fixing. And the rest might just go to the junkyard, or it might be that the smith wants to have it for future projects. Nothing will be thrown away, and I’ve learn my lesson regarding buying something: first check, check and double check, and always do it yourself, or maybe take somebody who has more knowledge on the things than you got yourself.
Hopefully this week already I’ll be able to post you some new pictures of potential wagons which I’ve visited! Wanna stay more regularly updated on what I’m about? Check my Instagram, where I update pictures on a regular basis. Got ideas, or maybe goods which you’re not using/ throwing away? Message me on the contact-form or use the Facebook.