Pushkara Sally Ashford, a resident of Whidbey Island in Washington, commissioned this handcrafted gypsy vardo which was built by Steve Habersetzer in collaboration with many many other artisans. Habersetzer built his first tiny home over 25 years ago and describes them as “a boat that goes down the highway.”
Pushkara designed the house during a workshop at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking called, “How to Build a Gypsy Wagon,” taught by Jim Tolpin and Habersetzer. The home measures 8-feet wide by 14-feet long. It has lots of storage, a comfy bed, hidden away composting toilet, functional kitchen, photovoltaic electric power, and propane stove for heat.
The SingPeace! Pilgrimage for Peace and Global Harmony will conclude with a visit to the 2010 Northwest Regional Folklife Festival in Seattle in May 2010. But I suspect this is nothing close to the end of her journey for peace. Her goal has been to bring people together to talk and sing about peace. The gyspy vardo added an additional layer that may help inspire “people who are looking at intentional community options as a way to solve the housing crisis”, says Ashford.
I want to thank Dan at Mangrove Seed for tipping me off to this story. Thanks again Dan!