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ADVENTURE EXPLORATION & DESERT SOLITAIRE Vintage Overland’s T.E. Lawrence tow-behind caravan ($12,500) includes a queen-size mattress, LED lighting and a pullout writing desk. Craft Movement With his retro-style hand-built campers for two, Grand Junction resident and high-end finish carpenter Britton Purser aims to unleash the wanderlust in all of us, as well as cater to the trend for old-fashioned craftsmanship. His own love of travel inspired this one-time Hollywood costumer, who studied fashion in Los Angeles, to build his first camper two years ago for his family. “One day in my studio, I had a piece of plywood; I drew a teardrop shape and [eventually] ended up with a trailer,” he recalls. He soon realized the stripped-down, lightweight caravan appealed to others too, and he now produces three models for sale under the brand name Vintage Overland ; he delivered his first one in April. “My idea for the whole company,” he explains, “was, if Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones got together, what would it look like?” Purser’s meticulous design combines Baltic birch plywood (“what Eames chairs are made of,” he notes) with a welded steel frame. Everything is sourced from Colorado companies. Requests are coming in from far and near (former Aspen SkiCo CEO Patrick O’Donnell, who lives in Grand Junction, recently ordered one). Currently, it takes 300 hours for Purser and a couple of family members to craft a caravan, though he’s streamlining the process. But his company’s burgeoning growth is decreasing his own travel time. Ah, the tradeoffs of success. From $8,500, vintageoverland.com –Cindy Hirschfeld PHOTO BY ROBB REECE

Exploration & Adventure Spotlight

Craft Movement

With his retro-style hand-built campers for two, Grand Junction resident and high-end finish carpenter Britton Purser aims to unleash the wanderlust in all of us, as well as cater to the trend for oldfashioned craftsmanship. His own love of travel inspired this one-time Hollywood costumer, who studied fashion in Los Angeles, to build his first camper two years ago for his family. “One day in my studio, I had a piece of plywood; I drew a teardrop shape and [eventually] ended up with a trailer,” he recalls. He soon realized the strippeddown, lightweight caravan appealed to others too, and he now produces three models for sale under the brand name Vintage Overland; he delivered his first one in April. “My idea for the whole company,” he explains, “was, if Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones got together, what would it look like?” Purser’s meticulous design combines Baltic birch plywood (“what Eames chairs are made of,” he notes) with a welded steel frame. Everything is sourced from Colorado companies. Requests are coming in from far and near (former Aspen SkiCo CEO Patrick O’Donnell, who lives in Grand Junction, recently ordered one). Currently, it takes 300 hours for Purser and a couple of family members to craft a caravan, though he’s streamlining the process. But his company’s burgeoning growth is decreasing his own travel time. Ah, the tradeoffs of success. From $8,500, vintageoverland.com –Cindy Hirschfeld

DESERT SOLITAIRE

Vintage Overland’s T.E. Lawrence tow-behind caravan ($12,500) includes a queen-size mattress, LED lighting and a pullout writing desk.

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