It seems like only yesterday we were talking about a way to create your very own maps. Today, we discovered Below The Boat and their wonderful Wood Charts. Starting with a bathymetric chart (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), the contours are laser-cut into sheets of Baltic birch and glued together to create a powerful visual depth. Select layers are hand-colored blue so it’s easy to discern land from water, major byways are etched into the land, then the whole thing’s framed in a custom, solid-wood frame and protected seamlessly with a sheet of durable, ultra-transparent Plexiglas.
The result is something that is bound to gather your friends and family during the holidays. Their chosen maps showcase some of the best shorelines across the country. From major cities like Chicago, to tiny islands like Nantucket. Each map is laser cut and hand stained, bringing the 3D level of detail to life. With a limited number of pieces available, you need to act fast if you want one. Buy here.