1965 Vintage Cardinal Trailer

1965 Cardinal Trailer; an artifact left from the flood in Lyons CO . A guy sold it to me for $50. I had to dig it out of 2 feet of sand prior to hauling it. 

Deceptive little gremlin. All the wood was decrepit.

Deceptive little gremlin. All the wood was decrepit.

A lesson in Persuasion. 

A lesson in Persuasion. 

Frame wire-brushed, cleaned, primed and painted. Aluminum underbody, wood frame and insulation. 3/4 " deck goes on top of that.

Frame wire-brushed, cleaned, primed and painted. Aluminum underbody, wood frame and insulation. 3/4 " deck goes on top of that.

Walls going up. The hard part was to build it exactly like the original, with all the little mistakes and nuances so that the aluminum skin fits perfectly. 

Walls going up. The hard part was to build it exactly like the original, with all the little mistakes and nuances so that the aluminum skin fits perfectly. 

Nice clean Aluminum skin. New wiring, outlets, lights next. 

Nice clean Aluminum skin. New wiring, outlets, lights next. 

1963 Scotsman Vintage Trailer Renovation

Vintage Trailer Glory

Pretty typical for a 53 year old specimen. Hmm, I was born in '63.

Pretty typical for a 53 year old specimen. Hmm, I was born in '63.

4-5 Layers of paint to remove, but underneath - aluminum.

4-5 Layers of paint to remove, but underneath - aluminum.

Back wall replaced, new shelves, benches, and sidewalls added. Rotted wheel well repaired. Kitchen removed. Electrical removed. 

Back wall replaced, new shelves, benches, and sidewalls added. Rotted wheel well repaired. Kitchen removed. Electrical removed. 

Front replaced. First layer of paint/putty/cosmetics started.

Front replaced. First layer of paint/putty/cosmetics started.

The charm of the vintage Scotsman starting to appear. 

The charm of the vintage Scotsman starting to appear. 

final coat.

final coat.

Floor, cabinet drawers and doors are in. 

Floor, cabinet drawers and doors are in. 

The Build: Cob Pizza Oven

Site preparation, concrete work, rock work, cob form, cob work, and finally Pizza.


Elevated concrete ring for the oven to sit on. The interior recieves tin foil, sand and firebricks cut to shape.

Site preparation: crumbling loose rock wall removed, posts set for concrete slab.

After slab and rock work - the oven form: a modified Dogloo.

Cob built up in layers. 8-10 inch walls. Cob = sand, clay, cement ( approx 8%), vermiculite, lots of straw, water and a cement mixer.

Interior form removed. Ready to add another 4" or so of Cob wall.

Just need to add a decorative layer of Lime Putty with artwork, a fire proof door ( last one burned to a crisp) and finsh rock work/planting.

Impatience exemplified. Traditionally you're supposed to wait for the the oven to reach temperature and cook with the embers.  But .....Pizza!