Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Handmade Pin Board Map

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Handmade Pin Board Map

August 27, 2018

Hello fellow travelers and welcome to our world!

What many don’t realize about our maps is that they are all handmade and produced in-house! The journey began in our founder Ross’ basement in 2013 and has grown to a thriving 9-person company, operating out of a 7,200 square foot warehouse in Columbus, Ohio.

Since each map is handmade, you can expect a high quality product that is not mass produced by machine. Our processes are constantly evolving to deliver the best maps to you! Here is a look behind the scenes at the making of a pin board map.
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Our frame material is delivered in bulk to create the frame and backing of the pin board. The full 4’x8’ boards are then cut to the desired sizes with a panel and table saw.

The new pieces are then assembled into strong frames. The frames then have a board attached for support and stability, which will have the cork attached to it.table-saw-cut
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It’s time to cork it! The board is glued with heavy-duty adhesive to the cork and trimmed to the exact edges.
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Now, the desired map is printed on canvas. Each design is original, combining vector data and digital art for an accurate, up-to-date map with a rustic olden-day feel. The canvas is then carefully trimmed.print-canvas-map
The canvas is wrapped around the internal wood frame for a unique gallery wrapped look, as opposed to external framing. This adds to the aesthetic for a piece of beautiful home decor.wood-boardcanvas-wrap
The printed canvas is then laid face down to be aligned and stretched around the frames. There are guidelines to get it exactly centered and is then stapled along all edges and corners.
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This is the most critical step! The canvas is fed into a stretcher which allows us to stretch the canvas nice and tight!stretcherstretcher
 
Hanging hardware is then added for a simple, ready-to-hang piece of home decor that will last a lifetime.
 
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And voila! The map is wrapped in a plastic sleeve, and boxed for safe delivery right to your door!
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Now take a look at our process in action!

We hope you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at our process and how we aim to deliver top-of-the-line travel decor to you! What are you waiting for? Grab your own, one-of-a-kind map today

A behind the scenes of our unique map making process.
 

 




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