After obtaining his engineering degree, Pieter volunteered in West Africa for two years with the Peace Corps. While there, he continued to build furniture – a bed, couch, and matching side tables. A local church felled a few mahogany trees (a very hard wood – necessary to keep termites at bay) that were in the way and some of the wood found its way to his little mud hut.
Pieces of the furniture were cut up near the church, and transported, piece by piece, over 20 km with a mountain bike. Once assembled, a mosquito net was the only thing separating the bed from the heavens for half of the year – no rain during the dry season.