Circle Madness

Old guys at work. 153 years of age total here. Billy and I have worked together off and on for 47 years.

I’ve wanted to build a curved roof for a long time. I finally did it, with help from Billy Cummings. For the 6 rafters, we glued together 4 pieces of redwood bender board — 16′ long, 1″ by 4″, ⅜″ thick, using a jig laid out on the floor, with Titebond wood glue, and clamping every foot or so. It was a pretty tedious process, we could only do one a day.

We got the rafters in place, Billy did the blocking on the plates, and we used 1×8 rough redwood fence boards for the sheathing. Yesterday we put down the flooring — used shiplap pine from Heritage Salvage. It looks (and feels) great.

There’s nothing like a curved roof, especially with a tiny home; it gives you a feeling of spaciousness. This is the roof shape in gypsy wagons — vardos.

This is 10′ by 10′. If I did it over, I would make it rectangular, like 8 by 12 or 8 by 14. I’m going to put a bed inside on wheels, that can be rolled out on the deck to sleep out under the stars. I’m still figuring out where to put windows.

5 Responses to Circle Madness

  1. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful work, always a pleasure to see, I came across this too https://inhabitat.com/20-foot-shipping-container-converted-into-off-grid-oasis-deep-in-the-catskills/ the book taking centre stage in the photos looks familiar!

  2. Laura says:

    I love this, Lloyd! My mind said "vardo!" as soon as I saw the first pic! I also love your idea about the bed on wheels so you can sleep out under the stars. Awesome picture of the two hot builders, too! 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Looking Good. Thanks for sharing pics. Maybe since you're working on a Gypsy Vardo Theme, you should place windows similar to a vardo you're particularly keen on..(you've posted a few). That way it'll sort of give you more of a feeling of being in a vardo…

  4. Susan says:

    Vardo roof! It looks great! Hoping to make a vardo for myself: cedar siding and flat-metal roof in baked-on Copper Penny color.

  5. Selwyn Gossett says:

    Appreciate the detail pics. Wondered when we’d see more. Thanks!!

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