It's a door into another world (one which, quite literally, lies below the boat).
Starting with a bathymetric chart (the underwater equivalent of a topographic map), the contours are laser-cut into sheets of Baltic birch and glued together to create a powerful visual depth. Select layers are hand-colored blue so it's easy to discern land from water, major byways are etched into the land, then the whole thing's framed in a custom, solid-wood frame and protected seamlessly with a sheet of durable, ultra-transparent Plexiglas.
The result is stunning. It lifts the surface of the water back like a veil, exposing the often-overlooked, under-explored, awe-inspiring world that lies below. To those familiar with the floor of the ocean or the bed of a lake, it's a beautiful reminder of the deep channels, sharp drop-offs, and mountainous landscapes that are otherwise hidden from view. To the uninitiated, it's wonderfully eye-opening; as though the world has suddenly taken on a fourth dimension.
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.
We're Robbie and Kara Johnson, the husband and wife duo behind Below the Boat, and we're running the show from our home over here in Bellingham, WA. We've both lived a short walk from the Pacific Ocean our entire lives. We see the majesty of a big pool of water and unabashedly geek out over the under-appreciated world hidden just below it's surface.
How come I've never heard of you before? These charts are amazing!
Do you take custom orders?
If I order today, when can I expect to get my chart?
I'd like to send my order as a gift, is that possible? I don't see that option during checkout...
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