All posts tagged: wooden

Pangea 3D Wooden Contour Maps

Using bathymetric data, Pangea’s 3D maps depict the contours of the ocean floor, revealing the often unseen beauty that lies below the surface. Combining modern surveying techniques and CAD technology with the art of cartography, these handcrafted waterscapes are made from layers of Baltic birch plywood. Carefully considering the scale and composition of each map, the company sources accurate bathymetric data (underwater topography) for each location before laser-cutting the plywood sheets to form the contours of the ocean floor. When finished, each map goes into a hardwood frame and is finished with a layer of glass. Maps arrive within two weeks and ship in a wooden box. In addition to a standard line of maps from Boston to Sydney, Pangea also offers one-of-a-kind custom maps through its online map builder. Pangea Maps donates $50 USD for every referred sale on its website to The Ocean Cleanup, an organization developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The Ocean Cleanup aims to remove up to 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years. …

Noli Noli Wooden Toys

I spotted this charming collection of wooden toys from Noli Noli at this week’s New York Gift Show. Handmade in Queens, New York by designer Ken Como, this new line of solid wooden toys includes a retro racing car, rattle, robot figure, and bathtub boat, made of all natural materials and predominately local wood from the New York area. The features of the characters and vehicles are created from wood’s natural color  — no paint or finishes are used (just a bees wax, jojoba oil, and palm wax mixture for the conditioning). With just a few simple details (a cotton scarf gives the race car driver panache, while half-closed eyes make the boat seem sleepy), Como has transformed bits of wood into friends for babies and toddlers, and maybe even their parents as well.