This Workshop is Full of Modern Day Cartographers Hand-Crafting Made to Order Globes
With the prevalence of GPS devices - now on every smartphone - in our modern day, the olden ways of geographical navigation like maps and globes have been rendered all but dead.Â
But they hold a different place in society now, serving more as works of art than functional necessities. And for London-basedÂ Bellerby & Co.Â - one of two remaining handmade globe-makers in the world - they're not only works of art, they're masterpieces.
Each section of map is called a "gore," and must be meticulously gridded, painted, glazed, and softened before being plastered.
After knowing what goes into each aspect of the process and the literal perfection required, it becomes clear why some take years to complete.
And it's the furthest thing from easy. In fact, the craft allows absolutely no margin for error. "One of the challenges in globe making is the fight with Pi â€“ if you donâ€™t constantly measure and re-measure, you will be unable to complete the process," says founder Bellerby.
This is "The Churchill." At 127 cm in radius - or just over four feet wide - it's Bellerby & Co's largest globe, and naturally, their most prized and expensive. It takes a team of them roughly a year to complete.
To learn more about Bellerby & Co's story, as well as more of their amazing work, check outÂ their website.