Here at Zyl Vardos I spend my time designing and building small structures, studios, and modular art structures. These begin as a pencil sketch, then become a model, and finally a fully-developed design containing thousands of rendered parts. This is very difficult work, but I have an immeasurable amount of fun doing it. Indeed, this is what keeps me going at the end of the day.
I founded Zyl Vardos in 2008 after having built a wide variety of structures since 1994. The ‘Vardos’ part of the name was given to me by my friend Dee Williams. It is the Romany word for caravan or ‘movable house.’ I am, however, Norwegian/French, which might explain why I don’t mind working outside in the cold misty rain of the Pacific Northwest.
I build in my workshop by hand, in my hometown of Olympia, WA, USA. From the start, it was meant to be a place where creativity and reality become one. Now, it has become a place unlike any other in the world. Here, we can create all the elements of a project: windows, metalwork, doors, cabinetry, and other fittings.
I created the structures you see on this site with the support and encouragement of people like you. And I could never do this difficult work without the amazing carpenters/thinkers that are with me every day. My crew is magic!
May your daydreams become real…
Abel Zimmerman Zyl - Founder/Owner/Engineer