Gypsy Wagon Details
with Steve Habersetzer and Greg Kossow

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Traditional Woodcrafts Series Level: Level I

Class Description

The Gypsy Wagon class gives you the background to design a great vardo. A Gypsy Wagon is made special by some traditional joinery and some handcrafted details. In this two-day workshop Steve Habersetzer and Greg Kossow guide you through the tools and techniques to create some of those joints and details.

We recommend that you take this course either directly after the Gypsy Wagon Design Seminar or if you've taken the Design Seminar in previous years.  

In this two day follow up course we show you in more detail how to make:

  • Knees and Brackets
    Knees support the the ledge and can be made using a wide variety of  techniques. We'll show you how to shape natural crook knees; construct splined mitred joints and traditional mortice and tenon joinery using the table saw, bandsaw and morticing machine.
  • Decorated Battens
    Explore working with drawknives, spokeshaves and planes to create traditional details such as the butterfly chamfer or lamb's tongue. 
  • Carving
    We'll show you how to use gouges, vee tools and chisels to create decorative details on the various parts of a Gypsy Wagon.


The School's workbenches are fully equipped with high quality woodworking tools. You do need to bring any tools with you. However if you have a drawknife or spokeshave we encourage to bring them along so that Steve or Greg can show you how to tune them.

Please bring you own safety gear: Dust Mask, Ear Protection and safety glasses or goggles.


Students should have previously attended the Gypsy Wagons course from any year. We recommend that you have experience using large power tools in a woodshop. If you do not have that experience you will be an observer in those sections of the course.

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.

Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.

Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $300
Materials Charge: $75

2014 Class:

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.

August 21 - 22, 2014 Gypsy Wagon Details Register

If you'd like to ask questions - please feel free to contact  us - (360) 344-4455 or by email.

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