Make learning the Italian geography engaging and beautiful for all ages with this one-of-a-kind magnetic map puzzle. Laser cut then hand built, its creation draws upon the power of digital fabrication and the timelessness of hand craftsmanship.
These map puzzles are as irresistible to play with as they are informative. People almost can't help assemble them, finding new relationships between land areas and a better understanding how our world fits together.
Inset into each pieces' back is a small but powerful neodymium magnet. This allows the puzzle to live in a vertical world and transforms it from a table-bound activity into a piece of wall art.
Etched onto the pieces' fronts are the state counties. Etched onto the backs are state's names. The orientation of the name text indicates which direction is north (i.e., when the text is legible, north is up).
On the face of the puzzle, each piece is subtly distinguished by its unique wood grain direction. The discontinuous pattern means makes the grain lines seem almost geological or even agricultural and adds to each pieces' individuality.
It's shown here on my Puzzle Board & Wall Mount (sold separately), which includes a metal Puzzle Board and a Wall Mount system. This allows the puzzle to live on the wall but then to be popped off for use at a table or elsewhere. The Puzzle Board is is perfect for passing the puzzle around at a party and letting friends and family test their geography knowledge. Your puzzle also looks terrific on a Magnetic Wall (magneticwall.com) or other receptive surface.
8" wide by 11" tall by 3/16" thick
MATERIALS & FINISH
Birch plywood with a tough, multi-coat shellac finish
20 Piece Italy Magnetic Map Puzzle
Cotton Drawstring Bag