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Discussion: Woodwork Map Art

in: Orienteering; General

Dec 30, 2016 3:55 AM # 
Earlier this fall I got the idea that it would be very cool in a map geek kinda way to commission a one of a kind woodwork version of contours from a favourite orienteering map. i decided
to choose the 2m contours from the survey of my family's 4 acre cottage property near Parry Sound. I simplified the contours and then contacted Alexander Bergstrom from the Canadian National Team (spinner on AP) if he was interested. After some back and forth this is a link to the amazing finished product that Alex produced.

He used maple and different stains to accentuate the different elevations. Alex did an amazing job and was very professional - even producing a mock version in plywood first. We now have a beautiful piece of orienteering woodwork art hanging in our cottage and it was great to suppport one of Canada's top orienteers.

The aim of this post was to see if others have had similar woodwork art commissioned (or designed themselves) and also to let people know of Alex's incredible skills and to encourage others that might be interested in this map artwork to contact him.
Dec 30, 2016 6:09 AM # 
Very nice!
Dec 30, 2016 9:49 AM # 
Looks nice.

A roommate of mine had made such a thing of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Not the fancy staining, but very complex.
Dec 30, 2016 3:18 PM # 
A local woodworker creates replica Trail Signs, He does great work. You can send him an image of a trail marker or sign and he can reproduce it very well.
Dec 30, 2016 6:36 PM # 
Also see NAOC 2014 podium...

Did he cut and glue layers, or shape/router a single piece of wood?
Dec 30, 2016 9:30 PM # 
I guess I can answer your question Guy. It’s multiple layers cut, stained, then glued together. This way less wood is wasted, and it makes the staining much easier as there aren’t any edges to work around.
Dec 30, 2016 10:52 PM # 
That's very cool Hammer & Spinner. Mind if I share this story & image on Orienteering Canada's social media?
Dec 31, 2016 2:57 AM # 
Fine with me Charlotte. Alex is very talented and having a map captured in wood seems appropriate for our forest sport. Here is another pic that captures the contour layers
Dec 31, 2016 5:38 AM # 
One of our club members who teaches some beginner courses (and also does a lot of woodworking) created this piece as a learning tool to demonstrate the concept of contour lines. If you look at it from above the dark lines are like the contours on a 2D map, then turn it sideways to show how that corresponds to the 3D reality.

Dec 31, 2016 9:51 AM # 
Nice topography Hammer ! 4 acres, you say?
Parry Sound, you say? Home town of the great Bobby Orr.
Beautiful piece of artwork, Spinner.

Furlong's model reminds me of something that Ted de St Croix created way back in the 1970's when he was a teenager.
Apparently for several weeks he was laid up with something - mono perhaps - so he got ahold of an Ottawa OC map from the Gatineau Park and a lot of corrugated cardboard. He traced a lot and cut a lot and glued a lot and when he was finished he had a 3-D model of the map. It was very impressive. It didn't have the Group of Seven/ Emily Carr feel of Alexander's creation but it did demonstrate very effectively what contour lines show. Nowadays we have computer models to do the same thing but out in the parks where the computers don't go these are terrific tools.
I wonder what happened to Ted's creation. I ask because part of Ottawa's re-run of the 1968 COC crosses a bit of the terrain covered by Ted's model.
Dec 31, 2016 10:27 AM # 
I'm currently lusting over these
Dec 31, 2016 4:37 PM # 
I've been lusting over one of those of my favorite lake for years (through this different company, which has many more choices available: Haven't been able to make the splurge yet, but I plan to eventually.

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