Historians and modern day sailors agree on why: wooden charts don’t roll up very well, AND they tend to warp when exposed to salt water.
What Christopher Columbus and his crew didn’t know was that wooden charts make great artwork! Unfortunately for Chris, he lived about 500 years too early to enjoy the unique nautical chart art being presented to boaters, coastal lifestyle aficionados, and fans of things nautical.
Uniquely Nautical – Décor & Gifts, a traveling nautical art gallery and décor boutique, is presenting its wide assortment of nautical chart-inspired artwork at a variety of boat shows, maritime festivals, seafood events and art fairs. The company also markets its chart art and other hard-to-find nautically-themed products through its Website, www.uniquelynautical.com.
The chart art, offered by Uniquely Nautical, takes the form of 3-dimensional wall art and table art, depicting over 200 different waterways and geographies around the world. Chesapeake Bay, Long Island Sound, Cape Cod/Nantucket/
Uniquely Nautical’s chart art is created by a laser-cutting process that etches away the surface wood from a single sheet of Baltic birch wood. The laser is programmed to cut away the outline of the land mass of a given geographic area; it also creates stepped tiers of depth in the wood, following the depth contour lines from the area’s nautical chart.
The result is a piece of fine art, based on the area’s nautical chart, that reflects both the local geography (towns, roadways, & landmarks) as well as any personalizations that the purchaser might wish. Personalizations can include custom texts, family names and homesites, corporate logos, line drawings including boat profiles, and special inscriptions to commemorate a special occasion, such as a housewarming, a wedding, an anniversary, graduation or other memorable event.
Chart art is also available in serving tray and clock formats, in addition to the wall art and table art.