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Continental USA Map Puzzle - Regions & Interstates

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DESCRIPTION
Make learning the regions & highways of the Continental USA 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 craftmanship.
 
These map puzzles are as irresistible to play with as they are informative and beautiful. People young and old can't help but assemble them, finding new relationships between land masses and a better understanding how our world fits together.
 
Inset flush 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 educational game into a piece of wall art. You can build a portion of the puzzle and leave it for later or challenge someone else to complete what you've begun.
 
Etched onto the pieces' fronts is the interstate highway system of the United States as well as the state capitals. Etched onto the backs are the states' two letter abbreviations. The orientation of the text indicates which direction is north (i.e., when the text is oriented legibly, north is up).
 
A discontinuous grain pattern means that the wood's grain direction is unique for each piece. This makes the grain lines appear almost geological or even agricultural and adds to each pieces' individuality.
 
With three exceptions, each of the 46 pieces is a state. Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a piece (but not a state). Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Long Island are combined into one piece with etched lines showing the borders. The same goes for Delaware and Maryland.

It's shown here on my Puzzle Board & Wall Mount (sold separately). It allows you to work on and display the piece on your wall. When you wish, you can pop the Puzzle Board off the Wall Mount to work the puzzle at a table or elsewhere. It's 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.
 
I made these puzzles by mixing six that were each stained differently. They're identical to the one pictured except that each will have a different combination of the six stains.

DIMENSIONS
15" wide by 10" tall by 1/4" thick
 
SCALE
1:12,000,000
 
MATERIALS & FINISH
Stained birch plywood and finished with shellac/beeswax

INCLUDES
46 Piece Continental USA Magnetic Map Puzzle
Cotton Drawstring Bag
 
Shipped unassembled

Continental USA Map Puzzle - Regions & Interstates

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: birch plywood, magnets, glue
  • Feedback: 214 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from New Mexico, United States
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