How They're Made
Once we've identified the location we want to create, we source the appropriate contour data. This can be found using a number of free online platforms, including LINZ (Land Information New Zealand).
We generate contour lines for each layer, and simplify the geometry for cutting.
We paint our wood the appropriate shade of blue, then load the sheets into the laser cutter to be cut. We then spend hours carefully positioning and gluing our wooden layers together to create your 3D map!
For the top layer of each map we use a beautiful European Birch Plywood. Once oiled, the grain pops comes to life and differentiates each and every map. It is here that we can add a personal touch for you.. a small engraving of a home or heart, or even a custom title block (see examples here). Because of the artisan nature of our products, please expect small variations to the product photos.
Check out this time lapse video of our Coromandel map being made!