Jim Young, president of PrecisionCraft Log Homes
, has a very unique story behind his own log home. Jim’s uncle, Paul, was the first person to navigate the Salmon River in a jet boat. He accomplished this feat in the early 1960’s and was featured in an article on the cover of Life Magazine, a true explorer for his day.
Paul operated a hunting and fishing lodge on the Salmon and was a part-time miner in the rugged mountains above the river. He acquired a mining claim in an area now designated as National Wilderness. The area is one of the most breathtaking views in the West with numerous peaks and high mountain lakes and streams. The hiking and backpacking is unlimited and fly fishing superb. People come from all over the world for the elk, deer and other big game in the area.
About 10 years ago, Jim’s family built a PrecisionCraft log home on his uncle’s old mining claim. It wasn’t an easy task given the rugged location. Access is very difficult on a narrow and gnarly Jeep trail and transporting materials over the trail is almost impossible. They had to helicopter the logs and other materials into the site. In addition, they set up an old style tent camp for the workers with a full time cook. It’s a modest cabin with about 1,800 square feet but custom designed to accommodate the outdoor lifestyle. Despite the rugged location, it took only three months to complete the construction of their new home away from home.
Since finishing the cabin, Jim and his family have spent every summer vacation at the wilderness cabin. His children often comment that their best childhood memories are the times spent as a family at the wilderness cabin. Having a special place for family to gather is a great gift. For Jim’s family, it has given them a chance to connect without the distractions of everyday life - it’s become a family tradition.