California 1944 3D Raised Relief Map

$ 170.00 USD
Frame

Real 3D raised relief map for a unique tactile experience

  • Transformed from a flat historical map
  • Individually made in our San Diego workshop
  • Handmade hardwood frames by local craftsmen
  • A Muir Way original
Description

Real raised relief to explore through touch and feel.

- Size - unframed 24x28 inches
- Size - framed 25x29 inches
- Material - plastic mounted on mat board
- Handmade real Walnut frame available
- Individually made in our San Diego, CA shop

Explore the topography of California on the 1944 Topographical Map of the state in stunning 3D Raised Relief, an original creation from Muir Way. This unique map undergoes a meticulous process where it is printed, heated, and vacuum-formed over an intricately detailed 3D mold. The result is a map that allows you to visually and tactically explore the diverse terrain of the state, from the Sierra Mountains to the Channel Islands.

Framed maps do not have glass or acrylic over them, so you can touch the map and explore its intricacies.  

PLEASE NOTE

You will love this map if you embrace its anomalies. When the plastic is heated and stretched over the 3D mold, the image may be altered, causing warped lines and text around higher elevations. The fine print on plastic is not as sharp as on paper, sometimes rendering very small text illegible.

Shipping and Returns

FREE SHIPPING within USA

Unframed Maps - Ship within 1 to 2 business days plus transit time
Framed Maps - Ship within 2 to 3 weeks plus transit time

RETURN POLICY

We accept returns within 30 days of purchasing your unframed map. There are NO restocking fees but return shipping costs are at the customer's expense. Returned maps must be in new condition with no visible marks or damage. Please email us at info@muir-way.com with your order # to receive detailed instructions. Unauthorized returns may not be accepted and do not guarantee a refund.

*Framed Prints – We do not accept returns or exchanges on framed prints because they are custom-made to order.  If your order arrives damaged or wrong, please email us at info@muir-way.com so we can correct it for you.

Walnut Frames

Each frame is handmade with real Walnut hardwood by a local craftsman.

- Real Walnut hardwood (not a veneer)
- 7/8" face x 1" deep
- Finished with a paper dust cover and hanging wire on back
- No acrylic or glass on front

3D Raised Relief maps

Individually made by hand in our San Diego workshop.

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3D molds

The intricately detailed molds that maps are formed from.

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FAQ

Are these maps old or new?

The original map designs are of historical maps. We use scans of the old maps and georeference them with modern elevation data to align the raised terrain with the map. Then, we cut a detailed mold for the map. The maps get printed, heated, and vacuum formed onto the mold. We remove the newly formed map from the mold, cut it, and mount it onto matboard for a rigid raised relief map. The 3D maps we sell are only available by Muir Way.

Can I get it in a different size?

No, we offer each map in a single size because they are vacuum formed to a particular 3D mold that takes approximately 40 hours to cut.

What are they made out of?

The maps are printed on a thick plastic that is highly formable under extreme heat.

What is your return policy?

For any reason, you can send back the print within 30 days of receiving it for a full refund. The print must be in new condition. We do not accept returns on framed prints. Please email info@muir-way.com for return authorization.

How long does it take to get?

Unframed maps ship out in 1-2 days and framed maps ship out in 2-3 weeks of ordering. Please also allow transit time from our shop in San Diego.

Do the frames have glass?

No, our frames do not have glass over the 3D prints so you can touch the protruding terrain. If you prefer glass, your local frame shop can make a deeper frame that will allow for the glass.

Are these like the ones in my classroom when I was a kid?

Ours are inspired by those older raised relief maps but our new versions are on another level of quality, precision, and craftsmanship.