CORNWALL MAPPED OUT IN 3D
3D map-maker - and former Formula One engineer - Peter Bolt who creates stunning nautical charts of Cornwall
In our search for glorious Cornish things to put on our walls and marvel at,we came across 3D map-maker - and former Formula One engineer - Peter Bolt who creates stunning nautical charts of Cornwall and beyond...
With his engineering mind in need of new stimulation former Formula One Red Bull Racing engineer Peter Bolt tried his hand at producing 3D nautical charts.
As with many of our makers and artisan creators, Peter initially began his map-making as a hobby. But the painstakingly created works soon caught the attention of keen maritime enthusiasts and enquiries for commissions have now come from as far afield as Chile.
Whilst holidaying on the south coast of Ireland, Peter came across some 3D nautical maps and began to play around with some old charts. Peter is one of only three people known to produce 3D maps in the UK. A surprising statistic until you realise the patience and painstaking accuracy needed to produce a high quality map. It takes about 40-50 hours to produce an A2 size one. Even if you have no interest in cartography or the coastline, it’s hard not to appreciate the craftsmanship which goes into each map. Finished off in frames, they are pieces of artwork. I am addicted to accuracy and detail,’ Peter admits. I find it hard to stop once I start making one.’ n
Prices start from £85 for a small unframed map to £350 for a large unframed map.
This article first appeared in April 2015 issue of Cornwall Life