Current Projects

Squam Lake Map

Our most recent project is a hand drawn map of Squam Lake completed in July 2017 by Jonathan Golden.  The map is completely done by hand, involving hundreds of hours of detailed work throughout the map.  The map highlights the recreational and conservation areas surrounding the lake, with a unique elevation gain chart for the mountains on the Crawford Ridgepole Trail.  Other detail includes facts and figures about the lake, buoy markers, all point, cove and island names, trails and tertiary roads. This is a one of a kind combination of artwork and cartography that has not been attempted in decades.

Note from the artist:

“This map was drafted on transparent vellum through the design/layout phase. After the final draft was approved, the linework was transferred onto archival quality Arches 140 lb, hot pressed (for the smooth surface) watercolor paper. The oversized sheet was cut from a roll. All ink was done with archival quality inks. The detailed linework is specific to this piece, to create layers and visual interest without being overbearing. Stipples and dashes, while very time consuming, create effect and draws the viewer in. The shoreline for example, was done over 2.5 hrs with a series of dashes running perpendicular to the shoreline. In total there are more than 44,000+ individual dashes. The blue water being the ultimate focus was a process of masking the entire land portion of the map with a brush on/peel off rubber frisket material, as well as tape and paper. This process developed through trials to ensure even color application without bleeding or staining beyond the waterline. A Windsor &Newton blue ink wash was used.  All graphic details are unique to this piece and created as a library of images, then individually inked in their respective places. Local knowledge was applied to all of the detailed points of interest. The cross section of the Crawford-Ridgeole trail was created by extrapolating topography from a USGS map, the recreating it on a vertical scale by using the elevation along a set of points. Both text and graphic elements were inked with an antique set of Pelikan graphos dip pen set. “

The map area is large, 34″ x 36″.  It is double matted, framed with museum glass.  The overall dimensions of the framed map are 44″ x 46″ .

Squam Lake hand drawn map
Framed Map, 44″ x 46″. Double matted with museum glass.
Squam Lake hand drawn map
Elevation Gain Detail and Conservation Area Legend
Squam lake hand drawn map
Detail off Shadbush Cove near Potato and Perch Islands