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The great room wall is finished with a russet coat, and you also get a good view of a money-saver in this shot. “Those look like purlins,” James says, “but they’re bogus.” Building codes prevented James from using Douglas fir log or timber purlins, so he went with an 18-inch thick plywood rafter. Above the antique secretary’s desk (back center) is a 1906 map of the mining claims in Clear Creek County, Colorado, which Deborah gave to James as a gift. The rug was another gift, from his sister who bought it while visiting Afghanistan to teach locals skills in midwifery. Over the log coffee table is draped a Navajo weaving. James visited Afghanistan himself in 1971, and a host of countries since.

The great room wall is finished with a russet coat, and you also get a good view of a money-saver in this shot. “Those look like purlins,” James says, “but they’re bogus.” Building codes prevented James from using Douglas fir log or timber purlins, so he went with an 18-inch thick plywood rafter. Above the antique secretary’s desk (back center) is a 1906 map of the mining claims in Clear Creek County, Colorado, which Deborah gave to James as a gift. The rug was another gift, from his sister who bought it while visiting Afghanistan to teach locals skills in midwifery. Over the log coffee table is draped a Navajo weaving. James visited Afghanistan himself in 1971, and a host of countries since.