Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.


Nature photography is an ever-evolving field with a demand for innovative and creative shooting angles and locations. The team has identified a need for a device to help nature photographers climb trees and stay there for long periods of time to capture pictures of the fauna and flora around tree canopies. Several design concepts were considered before the team decided on a hang-on tree stand redesign. The new design emphasizes safety, portability and having a large angle of rotation, allowing photographers to access more vantage points than classic tree stands. Changing the design of the seat and integrating a swivel plate mechanism to the stand achieved the larger angle of rotation. A prototype was designed and built, weighing less than 25 lb. and supporting up to 350 lb.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering