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We make beautiful Wood Charts! Buying direct lets us ship extremely fast!
How do we make it? Starting with a bathymetric chart (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), we use laser-cutters to carve the contours into sheets of Baltic birch and glue them together to create a powerful visual depth. We hand stain select layers a blue-green so it's easy to discern land from water, etch major byways into the land, then frame the whole thing in a custom, solid wood frame and protect it with a sheet of durable, ultra-transparent acrylic.
With pieces based on the scenic Pacific Northwest's volcanic coastline, the warm sandy shores of the Southwest and Southeast, the history-rich coastline of the Atlantic, and lakes from all around the continent, we're betting that you'll find one that hits home with you. If you don't, please let us know. We're working diligently to add more charts and we'd love to know what else you'd like to see.
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How does the Hurricane Fundraiser Work?
We are raising funds from Sept. 20 until Oct. 31, 2017 to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Houston, the Florida Keys, the Virgin Islands, Antigua, and other areas affected by the recent hurricanes.
There are two ways you can help: Buy one of our charts for these regions - either Antigua, Houston, the Florida Keys, or Virgin Islands. We will give 100% of sales from these maps (up to 200 maps total, between all the maps you can pick from) to Catholic Charities USA, which supports disaster response and recovery efforts including direct assistance, rebuilding, and health care services. Their website is:
You can also help by going to our Facebook page: facebook.com/WoodChart and share our post: "RELIEF MAPS That give a little relief!" We will be donating $1 for each share (up to $10,000). Our goal is to raise $64,000 for hurricane relief.
Can you do a Custom Chart?...No - But here is why that is a good thing!
We are map geeks, so the process we take to create our charts is very time intensive, sometimes with 20+ revisions. This creates not only a piece of art, but also a highly accurate representation. Some of our charts take $2,000+ to make the laser files, this is why our charts are by far the most detailed in the market. Because of this, it is not cost effective to make one piece.
The proof is easy to see, just zoom in! We encourage you to visually zoom in on our charts. If you are to compare our charts with other makers you will find we cut more shoreline detail, more & thinner depth contour lines where needed, islands and roads with names etc.....We feel that is why your buying a chart...right?
If we make the chart you want, you can rest assured it is the most detailed for the money! Feel free to email us to see if your area is currently in our next batch! If you can wait for our chart it will be more accurate & at the best value.
How fast do orders ship?
Your buying direct from the creators so we can get it out of our facility at great speed,
usually the same day! All charts ship from Michigan. We'll send you tracking information when we ship!
Lower 48: 3-7 days in transit before it lands on your doorstep.
AK/HI: 3-9 days via USPS.
Canada: 5-9 days via USPS.
What are shipping rates?
All orders $60 and up ship for free within the continental U.S.
All orders shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada are $25.
All orders under $60 ship for $8.99 within the continental U.S.
I'm buying a gift, how does that work?
We don't include payment information in any of our shipments (we save that for our order confirmation email) so rest easy, your gift will be discreet even if you never tell us it's being gifted!
Why are the charts different shapes?
Each coast line / lake has a scope that is unique to the area. Lake Champlain, US Virgin Islands, Longboat Key etc.... wouldn't look half as cool on a 24" x 30" scope because they are so long & narrow. ( We would need to zoom out and loose all the detail to make it fit ). We can zoom in for tremendous detail because we hand craft our own frames to the size needed to best show the geography!
What if my chart has an issue?
We take great pride in our charts, if there is ever any problem please contact us
immediately at email@example.com
NOTICE: Our charts are NOT for navigational use!
"Arrgh...I see a rocky future for anyone who seriously needed this notice." -Pirate Pete