Sedar Ayres Wagon Co. (formally Ranch Willow Wagon Co.) has been building award-winning wagons since 1993. It all began when Lynn Sedar needed a place to live while working at a tiny red school house in Wilson, Wyoming back in the 1970s. She borrowed a wagon from a friend and plopped it down near the school.
Sedar created a business saving historical structures, including cabins in far remote areas and forts throughout Wyoming and Idaho. She is also a furniture designer and reused discarded objects she found on historical sites in her furniture designs. Sedar became known for her creative vision and was invited to create restaurants, retail spaces, homes, lodges, and unique projects like a bar created within an old gas station.
Andy Ayres, Sedar’s husband and business partner, attended college on a ski scholarship and earned a degree in art. After college, Ayres headed to work on the North Slope of Alaska. There he discovered carpentry as his passion, and he went on to became a custom home builder in Arizona. Like Sedar, Ayres was involved in unique projects, including work in Mongolia to engineer and design a lodge in the Gobi Desert.
Remember the wagon Sedar borrowed in the 1970s? It just so happened that Ayres had owned and lived in the same wagon while going to college in Gunnison, Colorado in 1969. The wagon was a connection between Sedar and Ayres, although they did not know each other at the time. But the connection didn’t stop there: more than thirty years later, Sedar and Ayres received a call from another couple who wanted them to restore a wagon. Yes, it was “their” wagon and they were commissioned to turn it into a greenhouse for the current owners.
After Sedar and Ayres worked on other projects together, they decided to move to Colorado and return to their love of building custom wagons. Today their wagons are in many parts of the USA and one is in Japan.
Sedar Ayres Wagon Co. recently completed wagon #61.
“Sedar Ayres wagons are a work of functional art. From the authentic materials selected, to the craftsmanship, every detail of their wagons is considered and rendered with skills and love. Whether as a spare bedroom, or a cozy place to read, our family loves spending time in our shepherd’s wagon. It is the perfect retreat!”
Anna Reilly and Matt Cullinan
Crested Butte, Colorado
“Sedar Ayres did a beautiful job on my sheep wagon. They also delivered it to a fairly challenging location. For two years it has been in the blazing summer sun and freezing cold of Wyoming and still looks great.”
Perk Perkins, CEO, The Orvis Co.
“My family and I have certainly enjoyed our sheep wagon over the years. What a special place for me, my children, and grandchildren. For the last 12 years we have only had to replace a piece of trim at the back window. Very good construction! We can’t thank Sedar Ayres enough for delivering our wagon to lower Alabama for us.”
Point Clear, Alabama
“Two time Western Design Conference award winning artist, Lynn Sedar, creates exceptional custom projects that are works of art and true functional heirlooms.”
Allison Merritt, Executive Director, Western Design Conference
Bottom four photos: Greenhouse