Look at DC, which is the exact same thing - but with masonic symbolism rather than mayan symbolism.
I also assume you're not a Mason, thus you think that everything is simply coincidence.
Sorry - but there are very deliberate decisions, particularly with respect to design, that are, in fact, Masonic, all over DC.
Also, to the creators - it would be great to have a "pricing" page to explain this!
There's also a lot to be said for pricing simplicity, though. You might consider just having a "premium woods" option that gives you access to the high end veneers, rather than passing costs directly along. If you make it more complicated, you'll also cause people to do a bunch of re-renders, which may wind up costing you more (and causing people to get bored and give up).
I don't envy you the task of working with fraction-of-an-inch wide irregular-edged burl veneer strips!
Edit: Longer version: It is because of his noprocast setting.
More on the process: http://woodcutmaps.com/process
The site is built on python/django and hosted on AWS.
Most of the interesting work happens in python with PIL, numpy and scipy. We download maps tiles (Google for now, working on an OSM render path), and split them into channels for landscape, water, roads and parks. Then we apply several steps of scipy's image morphology filters to get the masks ready for laser cutting and to ease assembly by simplifying the design. Removing small pieces, filling small gaps (which gives the maps the distinctive look of dense roads being filled in, creating chunky blocks), and simplifying boundaries.
All the rendering happens on picloud.com, which has been a really robust part of our infrastructure. It helps us scale up and down based on demand without having to manage an autoscaling AWS backend processor setup ourselves, or overpay for AWS instances.
I'm probably going to talk more in detail about it at WhereCamp this weekend if anyone wants to talk in person.
Hadn't heard of picloud.com before, sounds like you're pretty happy with them.
In 1998, while at Intel, I did the Decepticon logo in circuitry for the album art for my friends CD.
I'd love to see what you did.
"Parquetry is a geometric mosaic of wood pieces used for decorative effect."
"The use of curved and natural shapes constitutes marquetry rather than parquetry."
"Marquetry (also spelled as marqueterie) is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures."
And, so I learned something new.
Perhaps another idea though would be to make your own stylised maps with Mapbox http://mapbox.com/ with OSM so you could print out more stylised maps ;)
What if I want a rooms floor done like this?
I have been drawing some based on some of his drawings in AutoCad - to then color in illustrator.
I drew this the other day - and it would be great to do a pattern like this in wood for an entryway:
i want something with WAY more detail on how it works. like, i understand laser cutters and whatnot, but this seems harder. can you write more up?
That being said, it appears to my somewhat trained eye that you are using Photoshop (or other CG) mockups on some of the product pages (http://woodcutmaps.com/146 for example), without saying explicitly that that's what they are. I know how difficult straight on photography is with these textures, but if those are indeed Photoshop generated, you run the risk of increasing expectations beyond what is technically possible with the process.
Excellent work either way, as I can tell from the genuine product shots. Like I said, not easy stuff.
GeocoderError at /create
Otherwise great work, these look amazing!
I found the entire process of ordering a breeze. However, I feel that the payment process should be improved -
1. PayPal forced me to sign into my obsolete paypal account due to same email id.
2. It showed me an annoying advertisement to sign-up for their debit card program.
3. It assumed my address was the shipping address.
4. I did not see an option to send this item as a gift.
I hope you guys keep getting bigger and better.
There isn't as large of a variety of woods, but there is good flexibility in pricing, size, and it's more for photographs and keepsakes than a map of an area.
Also, not trying to detract from your post by sharing this other product, just thought it was very similar and thought I'd share. Looks like a well thought out system and business model! Best of luck!!
"They...come in with weapons, they seized a half-million dollars worth of property, they shut our factory down, and they have not charged us with anything," says Gibson Guitars CEO Henry Juszkiewicz...
The feds raided Gibson for using an inappropriate tariff code on wood from India, which is a violation of the anti-trafficking statute known as The Lacey Act. At issue is not whether the wood in question was endangered, but whether the wood was the correct level of thickness and finish before being exported from India. "India is wanting to ensure that raw wood is not exported without some labor content from India," says Juskiewicz."
http://reason.com/blog/2012/02/23/the-great-gibson-guitar-ra... (disclaimer: Libertarian news site is a partial source, interpret that partiality as you will. other sources and commentary exist. many of them are probably better, this was just convenient because I remembered it and could google it quickly. you should look up these other sources if you're interested!)
The cynics suggest that this is all at the behest of the Pacific Northwest domestic timber lobby, using environmental sentiment to dampen competition from overseas. Gibson's case, by that theory, is a deliberate scare tactic designed to create a chilling effect.
And to bring the discussion back to the matter at hand: whatever you're doing, I hope you're aware of all this, and documenting everything you have meticulously, or you could end up screwed. Like, possibly-in-jail screwed. For working with wood veneer. Believe it.
Shipping timber has consequences. Tall timber, hardwood in particular is the flora equivalent of the Rhino, Elephant and big Cats. Hunted to extinction, chopped up, chipped & poorly used.
"... The woodlands & forests that had once ringed the entire Mediterranean & provided a home for a rich population of animals had now largely gone. They survived only places for which no soldier bothered to fight, where no forester found it possible to haul out timber, & no farmer thought it worthwhile to make a field. ..." David Attenborough, "The First Eden: The destruction of the forests", Pt3, p173.
Learn the lessons of the past.
Maton has been developing the use of these timbers for the last 50 years and it would be safe to say that nobody knows Australian tonewoods better than Maton. We are fortunate enough to have the support of many of Australia's most knowledgeable and skilled timber gatherers and continue to try new species on guitars and to learn more about the way these timbers are capable of producing beautiful music. ..."
That's how Maton tackle the problem, http://www.maton.com.au/main/timbers.html I don't know if this is possible in the US mainland.
You may be right. Hard woods are difficult to source but not impossible. I'm thinking of Maton, a guitar manufacturer not far from where I live in Melbourne who source their tonewood with costs of gathering rare timbers in mind ~ http://www.maton.com.au/main/timbers.html
Would be great to see some footage of one of your maps actually being made some time.
"Zebrawood is considered a threatened species in its native habitat. Its fast-growing popularity in the West has resulted in some reforestation efforts, but these are not keeping up with the pace of harvesting." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zebrawood
Being from a lumber producing area, the whole concept of "recycled wood" really annoys me.
Old wood breaks down, causing no waste.
"New" wood is produced on farms. Exactly like corn and soybeans, but with much longer crop cycles. Just like other cash crops, if you remove the demand for new wood, Weyerhaeuser will cut down all the trees and plant something else that makes money or sell off the land for urban development.
All of the major concerns with commercial lumber production have been mitigated with smarter land management practices and technology. All of the "old growth" forest that environmentalists like to jump on is actually pretty impractical for large scale commercial operations to deal with, and protected by existing laws anyway.
Some species (like Zebrawood as you mention) are threatened by initial commercial exploitation, and sadly the biggest offenders are indigenous farmers. Once a wood becomes commercially viable the big players move in with established reforestation and resource management policies that actually help to stabilize the situation (because they can't make money long term off an extinct species).
Edit: looks like another comment has since been posted which talked about 'working on an OSM render path', there you go
Fix your code and you get the money?