A rough-hewn roof timber or rafter, especially in an adobe building.
- Adobe-walled rooms, named after Bynner's friends - Willa Cather and D.H. Lawrence, among others - have kiva fireplaces, viga beams, and tiled floors decorated with colorful throw rugs.
- Trees that towered over prairie rivers were transformed into pirogues (hand-hewn canoes for trappers and traders), stockades for early military forts, and vigas or ceiling beams for adobe homesteads.
- This is not a weak imitation of traditional Southwest architecture, complete with fake vigas (protruding, rough-hewn beams).
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