Announcement   Mapsburgh produces delicate hand-cut paper street maps, fantasy maps in the style of Tolkien, and other cartographic art.

Don't see a map of your town? Want a map of your home? No problem! Contact me and I will make a custom map, anywhere in the world.

Follow Mapsburgh at http://facebook.com/Mapsburgh or http://mapsburgh.tumblr.com

(Because Mapsburgh is based in Pittsburgh, orders shipping within Pennsylvania will be charged 6% state sales tax. Orders shipping within Allegheny County will be charged an additional 1% county sales tax.)

HOLIDAY SHIPPING: For prints shipping within the USA, please place your order one week in advance to ensure delivery by your holiday. For custom items shipping within the USA, please place your order at least three weeks in advance of your holiday. I cannot guarantee delivery times for orders shipping outside the USA.

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Last updated on 19 Nov, 2017

Mapsburgh produces delicate hand-cut paper street maps, fantasy maps in the style of Tolkien, and other cartographic art.

Don't see a map of your town? Want a map of your home? No problem! Contact me and I will make a custom map, anywhere in the world.

Follow Mapsburgh at http://facebook.com/Mapsburgh or http://mapsburgh.tumblr.com

(Because Mapsburgh is based in Pittsburgh, orders shipping within Pennsylvania will be charged 6% state sales tax. Orders shipping within Allegheny County will be charged an additional 1% county sales tax.)

HOLIDAY SHIPPING: For prints shipping within the USA, please place your order one week in advance to ensure delivery by your holiday. For custom items shipping within the USA, please place your order at least three weeks in advance of your holiday. I cannot guarantee delivery times for orders shipping outside the USA.

Stentor Danielson

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Creative Cartographic Crafts

A few years back, I made a map of the area between my house and my then-girlfriend's house, carefully cutting out the spaces in between all of the streets to create a delicate, lacy vision of our city. When she unwrapped it on her birthday, she took a look at it and said "you should sell these on Etsy -- people would pay money for these."

With that bit of encouragement, Mapsburgh was born. It provided a great way to combine my interest in art with my love of maps (I have a PhD in Geography from Clark University). I've enjoyed making maps for so many different customers, and I always look forward to the new challenges that people throw my way.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

*How long do these maps take to make?
The time depends a lot on the complexity of the map. For cutout maps, a 5x7 usually takes 2-3 hours to cut out, plus the time it takes to find the GIS data and format it properly. For a fantasy map, I can finish an 8.5x11 of a place without very many locations (e.g. Jackson Hole) in about 3-4 hours, whereas a complex poster (e.g. London) could take 20 hours.

* Why haven't you made a fantasy map of my city? When will you make a fantasy map of my city?
I started out by making maps of places I had lived and knew well. Now, most of the maps in my shop are the result of custom orders that other people have placed. In other words, I have a Seattle map available because someone placed a custom order for a Seattle map, and their custom map was suitable to be edited into a print I could sell to more people. I don't have a map of (for example) Tampa because nobody has custom ordered a Tampa map yet, and I don't know much about Tampa. I can't make any promises about when I'd create a map of a certain city. If your city isn't available yet, you can follow me on Facebook or Tumblr to see if I eventually create one, or go ahead and place a custom order for it!

* Can you make a map of such-and-such a place?
In all likelihood, sure! For cutout maps, the main constraint is the density of the street grid. If I zoom out too far, the streets get too close together to cut out. If your area of interest is very rural, there may not be very many streets to cut. Feel free to send me a convo and I'll show you a mock-up of what your map might look like and what area is feasible to cover.
For fantasy maps, I use sources like Google Maps, OpenStreetMap, and Wikipedia to find locations to include on the map. I try to include neighborhoods, physical features like hills and rivers, and notable public buildings and attractions. The farther out the map is zoomed, the more selective I have to be about what things can be included on the map (compare the San Francisco and Bay Area maps). If there's not much stuff in your area (for example, if it's extremely rural) there won't be as much stuff to put on the map, and I may suggest zooming out to a wider area to make the map more interesting. I welcome suggestions of places to include when you submit a custom order.

* Can I get this 8.5x11 fantasy map as a poster?
Short answer: No. Some maps are only available as 8.5x11s because the original art was drawn at that size. Trying to enlarge the art beyond the size it was originally drawn quickly compromises the quality, and I'm not willing to sell items I don't feel good about. If you really want a poster of an area, feel free to purchase a custom order and I'll create a new piece of poster-size art.

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Last updated on 10 November, 2012

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Items returned within 30 days are eligible for a refund of the full purchase price.
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Items that are already made will be shipped within 5 business days. Buyers will be contacted with the time frame for completing and shipping a custom item (usually 2-3 weeks).