|First two sections of the Arctic ocean|
Each cell of this grid becomes one section that will be carved out of wood veneer. I bought an assortment of domestic and exotic wood veneers which provide ample selection for coloring the countries. I also bought sequence-matched white oak for the water.
Using a rotary tool, carve out the shape of that piece. This then serves as an edge guide when tracing the next piece in the cell. Small errors accumulate and result in subtle shifts of various borders; hopefully nobody notices.
|Not quite half finished|
Hopefully the southern hemisphere won't take as long. The hardest part is done, however all the islands in the south pacific will present their own special challenge.