Ran across one of the more interesting site that I have found in some time, Below The Boat. It is not about politics, movies or anything that would be considered controversial. What the site is, is something that I have always loves since I was a child, maps! Not just any kind of maps but ones that are nautical in nature, hydrographic charts that and are sure to be one of a kind no matter how many you might try and collect. These maps speak to you in a way that no other map could.
What makes these maps so unique is that they are laser cut from wood. So what you might say, but you just don’t understand because every piece of wood is like a finger print, totally unique and different. Also these maps are assembles and crafted by hand so that each is literally a one of a kind piece of art. And besides, they are just so cool to look at. One of my favorites is the one that they have done of the Chesapeake Bay, having spent some of my youth and adult hood in Baltimore and on the Easter Shore of Virginia. Here is a bit of the map to see for yourself.
As you can see in just the small image there is tons of detail on the map with the full physical map being 25″ wide by 31″ high. That is one heck of a map that anyone would love to have on the wall to look at. From looking at the map you can also see the unique way that they map the water depths for the map. Each map might use a different depth scale but all are cut in relief so that you can both see and feel just how deep the water goes. So instead of a relief map that shows how high something is you get to see and fully imagine just how deep the water can go.
As to the site itself it is laid out with easy navigation so that you can find exactly what it is that you might be looking for. They even have a searchable index if you might be having trouble. You can even filter what you want to see by region. I haven’t seen layouts that get any better then this with its clean lines and inviting layout that invites you to pull up a chair and look around.
If you want to see the site for yourself just go to Below The Boat
They even respond to questions from their contact page which is a 100% big plus as far as I am concerned. So if you are needing or wanting a true piece of art of the water’s depth that you are sure to cherish, then head on over to Below The Boat.