Mapscapes

Martha’s Vineyard Mapscape Coffee Table Island Detail

Cherry inlaid with Maple Burl, Walnut, Curly Maple for the island with Holly stringing
54”w x 32”d x 18”h

I find it intriguing that early cartographers drew maps without the aid of aerial views, or sophisticated surveying and plotting equipment. When studying the shapes and locations of land masses, one can see the evidence of that, as well as the results of planetary surface changes over time. This is really pronounced when looking at coastal land formations. Many islands, shorelines, ponds, and lakes have distinctly different profiles now than they did 200 plus years ago.

I like to use burl wood for the major land masses, it gives the imagery a topographic feeling. On this table, I used Curly Maple for the lapping waves on the shoreline around the island, and walnut for the major ponds along the south shore. I burned a border around the Curly Maple for more definition.

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