Wood charts reveal layers of underwater world

January 3, 2013  |  Mapping

Wood map of SF bay

Below the Boat produces beautiful laser-cut wood maps:

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, the whole thing's framed in a custom, solid-wood frame and protected seamlessly with a sheet of durable, ultra-transparent Plexiglas.

They should go all the way with it and do "above sea level." [via kottke]

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