A New Notion

Posted by Pat on August 26, 2011 at 12:16 am.

I discovered some wonderful prints at the David Ramsey Map Collection.

Maps

Maps

I bound them into six little map cases quarter-bound in black kid leather and chiyogami paper:

Asia

Asia

Map Envelope

Map Envelope

The World

The World

I have an ambitious idea for a case to put them in:

The Plan

The Plan

I want to make a book/globe case with the globe in a glass case on top and the maps on little pull-out shelves below. And somehow incorporate those copper-colored neoclassical tchotchkes on each side of the shelves. The whole thing would be maybe 3″ tall. Maybe use a microscope slide as a door in front.

This will be the most complicated woodworking I’ve done so far, what with the little shelves and their guides and whatever you do to keep the shelves from falling out. The question is: do I use the cheap basswood or the good walnut (or mahogany!) My answer to this is always the same, and reveals me as a basically optimistic person. I’ll use the good stuff – it might work! And if I use the cheap materials and it turns out beautifully, what a waste!

I’m stalled on Punch and Judy, and have decided to put it on ice (little summer-in-the-desert joke there) till the summer is over and I get my complete brain back. This must be what people with SAD go through, only in reverse. Every day the temperature goes another degree over 100 I lose a little more energy, focus, ambition, intelligence, and clarity (and just forget imagination) and I know from experience that it won’t get better until at least the beginning of October. So this is not the time for figuring out spacial relationships and reciprocal movement. The good thing is remembering how wonderful I feel when the fall rolls around – ideas go off in my head like popcorn.

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Prue Batten’s new book in the Eirie series is coming out any minute! Join the watch at Mesmered and get a recipe for the best brownies on earth.

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