I’m not big on art, but I totally see myself buying a couple of these when my future home is ready. The hard part will be choosing which ones to get. Below the Boat is a Bellingham-based, husband-wife company. The charts are “designed in the United States, crafted in a family-owned shop overseas, and imported”:
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.