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Our Process

Every custom wood-inlay map artwork that we sell commemorates a special place for someone. From hometowns to college campuses to old vacation spots, we’ve seen a lot of stories from Woodcut Maps owners.

Here’s the story of how each wood map gets made,
and its journey through the Bay Area…

 Create a design

Your Design

Your Browser

Our website lets you pick a size for your map, create a composition of anywhere in the world, and define which woods should be used for roads, water, parks, etc.

Our Software

Our Software

The Cloud

Our custom software processes your design to get it ready for production. We simplify edges, remove small pieces, and add guide marks to ease assembly. We render the design into several laser-friendly CAD files.

Wood Veneers

Wood Veneers

Berkeley

Our selection comes straight from fine folks at MacBeath Hardwood. We always keep a few standards in stock like Ebony and Mahogany, but we can’t resist the occasional impulse purchase like Zebrawood!

Lasers!

Lasers!

Bayview

Alex Thompson at Pagoda Arts escorts the wood through his lasercutting machine with the assistance of the CAD files from our software. He also does a lot of materials prep and consulting to make assembly easier.

Map Assembly

Map Assembly

Mission District

The increased precision afforded by the lasercutting machine requires increased precision from our inlay techniques. Some pieces are large and unruly while others are small and wily. Tweezers are our friends. Our team of master craftspeople gets every piece where it belongs, sands the map flat, and finishes it.

Packaging and Fulfillment

Packaging and Fulfillment

San Francisco to ???

It’s important to us that the same care that went into making a map be involved in transitioning it from us to you. We pack every order in natural materials that protect the map during their journey, are a joy to receive and unpack, and are easy to dispose of responsibly.

Delivery to you!

The Team