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Gulliver Lake & Three Lakes Maps

Posted by Fallon Foster on

I'm pleased that lake maps seem to be becoming a trend.  Aside from being just a bit of novelty I always enjoy carving up some cartography.  In this case one of the maps included a legend that the client wanted me to duplicate.  That took extensive use of the little 1/8" alphabet stamps that have been really hit and miss in the past.  This time I threw out everything the manufacturer suggested for aligning the characters and worked out my own technique on some scrap.  On the whole I think that worked out rather much better. Normally I'd use a...

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Mapping an Anniversary

Posted by Fallon Foster on

In this case the client was celebrating their anniversary and wished to commemorate it with a large 11x17" map of where they'd been married: Lake Couer d'Alene, ID.  The contours of the lake were easy enough to trace from Google Maps but the sheer size of the map made it a challenge to work with. One unique aspect of this order was that it's the first where I've printed a single-use stamp to transfer more than one character at a time to the leather.  This is generally problematic for a number of reasons.  Smaller characters (like lower-case) are usually too...

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Navigator Map Case with Sword Coast Map

Posted by Fallon Foster on

This took longer than I expected to finish but prototypes usually do.  I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.  I was worried the lid might wind up being too loose but it fits perfectly.  Well enough that it can be carried around by the handle and pops off with a little tug.  I carved the map into heavier leather so that the different contours and textures would really stand out (which worked well enough that I can feel the differences in terrains).  That presented a challenge for such a round shape though.  I molded it around a jar...

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Texas Map

Posted by Fallon Foster on

One good map deserves another and there's no rule saying they can't be awesome places in meat space.  So: Texas!  It seemed like a pretty good and natural choice.  I could keep going on making maps like this for a while but I suppose I do have other things that should get built.

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Map of Westeros

Posted by Fallon Foster on

I started carving maps as a way to practice my tooling.  All those coastlines and rivers require some pretty fine control of the swivel knife and there's plenty of practice with a beveler too.  I have maps for Eriador (LotR), Vanadiel (FFXI), and Khorvaire (D&D Eberron) hanging over my desk and it seemed perfectly reasonable to me that if I enjoyed them other people might too.  I hadn't done anything with Game of Thrones yet so that seemed pretty straight forward. I'm pretty pleased with how the frame came out and I think I'll be making another map in short...

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