Wood Chart map of Puget Sound.
An intricate network of coastal waterways, the Salish (SAY-lish) Sea includes the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Puget Sound, and all of their connecting channels and adjoining waters. This name was only recently made official (2009), in an effort to raise consciousness about the interconnectedness of the region's waters and ecosystems.
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 blue 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 Plexiglas.