- Location: Online
- Specialty: Laser cut topography art
- Price range: $$
- Website: belowtheboat.com
- Founded by: Robbie and Kara Johnson
- Headquarters: Bellingham, WA
Below The Boat has an impressive selection of maps, though I'm sure many of you will have other favorite lakes that you'd like to see done. I was thrilled to see my beloved San Francisco Bay and my sweet home Lake Michigan revealed in all their topographical glory. Below The Boat puts it best: "It lifts the surface of the water back like a veil, exposing the often-overlooked, under-explored, awe-inspiring world that lies below. To those familiar with the floor of the ocean or the bed of a lake, it's a beautiful reminder of the deep channels, sharp drop-offs, and mountainous landscapes that are hidden from normal view. To the uninitiated, it's wonderfully eye-opening; as though the world suddenly has taken on a fourth dimension."
Which leads to my question of the day: what kind of map would you most like to see beautifully made? Perhaps a map of ocean currents, or of weather patterns over the U.S.? A map of whale migration patterns? Types of soil, for you gardeners? I'm sure you'll come up with much better ideas than I possibly could.