While living in India, I was intrigued by the huge variety of matchbox designs. I began collecting matchboxes soon after arriving in India, and by the time I left, I had over 400 unique designs.
While living in India, I was intrigued by the huge variety of matchbox designs. I began collecting matchboxes soon after arriving in India, and by the time I left, I had over 400 unique designs.

Slowly over the last three years, I have been making frames for each of the matchboxes in my collection from the scrap wood in shop where I work.
Slowly over the last three years, I have been making frames for each of the matchboxes in my collection from the scrap wood in shop where I work.

The framed matchboxes fit conveniently in old cassette tape racks. Above is the nearly completed collection of 400 framed boxes.
The framed matchboxes fit conveniently in old cassette tape racks. Above is the nearly completed collection of 400 framed boxes.

After taking a class in the D-Lab at MIT I began working on two projects through the lab. Above is an image of part of a prototype for a human waste incinerator.
After taking a class in the D-Lab at MIT I began working on two projects through the lab. Above is an image of part of a prototype for a human waste incinerator.

More incinerator prototype parts.
More incinerator prototype parts.

We have developed a combustion chamber for the incinerator that creates a downward flowing air draft, resulting in flames burning from the bottom of the fuel rather than the top.
We have developed a combustion chamber for the incinerator that creates a downward flowing air draft, resulting in flames burning from the bottom of the fuel rather than the top.

While walking in the city, I have become fascinated by instances of trees growing through and engulfing parts of the built environment. I started collecting samples of this phenomenon and have begun exploring the possibility of this semi-natural composite material.
While walking in the city, I have become fascinated by instances of trees growing through and engulfing parts of the built environment. I started collecting samples of this phenomenon and have begun exploring the possibility of this semi-natural composite material.

Another example of this uncommon collaboration between humans and the trees.
Another example of this uncommon collaboration between humans and the trees.

The beginning of the slow process of flattening a large slab with embedded steel.
The beginning of the slow process of flattening a large slab with embedded steel.

Note: I did not personally cut any of the trees involved in this project. Each piece has been found or given to me by a friend.
Note: I did not personally cut any of the trees involved in this project. Each piece has been found or given to me by a friend.