Seth Dunn

Seth Dunn

San Francisco, CA, US


Burn Box

The Burn Box was a design-build collaboration between the University of Oregon and the Oregon College of Art and Craft.  It was built to serve as an entry sequence to the university.  The wooden pavilion was built using concrete footings, 4x4 Doug Fir posts, 1/2” threaded rods, nuts, and washers.  The wood is finished using the ancient Japanese wood charring technique of shou-sugi-ban.  Shou-sugi-ban preserves the Doug Fir and creates the contrast between the interior and exterior of the structure.   The process of making the pavilion is what places it so eloquently and appropriately in the landscape of the Oregon College of Art and Craft.  The visual imperfections and the handcraft bring the object to life and give it meaning on a campus that truly believes in the art of learning through making.   It is the flaws that made some of the best experiences from the six weeks spent crafting the Burn Box.

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Status: Built
Location: Portland, OR, US
My Role: Studio Collaborator
Additional Credits: Prof. Nathan Corser, Prof. Karl Burkheimer, Mark and Peter Anderson. Student Collaborators can be found at