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Now you can get Toronto maps laser engraved in wood

Posted by Derek Flack / January 27, 2014

Urbanwood Maps TorontoQuirky neighbourhood maps have gotten a whole lot more popular in recent years, as Toronto has experienced something of a swell in urban pride (Rob Ford notwithstanding). Along with the ever popular Ork poster and Dave Murray's word cloud offerings, there's a mini map making industry devoted to charting Toronto in new and unique ways. I haven't, however, seen local maps to rival the stature of these laser engraved offerings from Ottawa-based company N-Product. Etched on reclaimed wood, the Urbanwood line is an elegant example of modern cartography.

urbanwood mapThe company started by mapping neighbourhoods close to home, but has branched out into other cities. As far as Toronto selections go, there are currently templates for The Annex, Distillery District, Junction, Kensington Market, Leslieville, Parkdale, Trinity-Bellwoods, and Wychwood. In addition to these stock offerings, N Product also makes custom maps for just about anywhere they can source map data.

urbanwood map"Our process is quite straight forward,co-founder Dominic Coballe explains. "We use Google map data to identify the 'hood. Simplify it with line weighs and icons for parks and waterways, and then add in a unique typeface for each locale. It takes about six to eight hours for each map."

Prices range from $100 to $300 depending on size and the nature of the order (custom or otherwise), and there's also a "poster" version on regular wood that comes in at $150. More details and custom order options are available on the N Product website.

Discussion

13 Comments

4ChanApologist / January 27, 2014 at 03:00 pm
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WoodCutMaps has been doing this for ages, with much higher-quality materials (and better prices).
Dominic Coballe replying to a comment from 4ChanApologist / January 27, 2014 at 03:23 pm
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We started this almost 3 yrs ago. At that time, no one was really doing this, at least according to Google. I just saw the site your referred, it would seem that we both offer pretty differing designs. Wood yes. Lasers yes. But the visuals alone are starkly different.

Different strokes for different folks. Isn't life grand?
bloop / January 27, 2014 at 03:40 pm
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Wow.. WoodCutMaps has a great website. Neato.
Charles / January 27, 2014 at 10:09 pm
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I am really excited N-Product decided to start making maps for Toronto. My friend bought an Urbanwood map for their Ottawa neighbourhood from N-Product and it looks fantastic!
tnt / January 28, 2014 at 07:50 am
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Great work and product guys...quite attractive..best of luck with the biz...
KG / January 28, 2014 at 09:57 am
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Great looking maps, can street names be added to sections of the map that don't have them? Say if the streets I'm interested in are on the Junction map, but are outside of the section with the street names.
Dominic replying to a comment from Charles / February 11, 2014 at 11:21 am
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Thanks Charles!
Dominic replying to a comment from tnt / February 11, 2014 at 11:21 am
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Thank you!
Dominic replying to a comment from KG / February 11, 2014 at 11:22 am
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Definitely. We make custom adjustments all the time. Just email us if you are ever interested.

hello@n-product.com
jerry / March 4, 2014 at 12:32 am
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Nice Woodcutting Maps are Engraved .thanking for sharing that.
Kia / March 7, 2014 at 06:35 pm
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Lumicision provides a wide range of laser cutting, marking and engraving services on wood, metal, glass, plastics or leather.

Based in Richmond Hill, we cater to all industrial, personal and customization needs.

You can view our laser cut and engraved Richmond Hill road map with street names on our website.

Please visit us on our website at www.lumicision.com.
John Morand / April 24, 2014 at 06:07 pm
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The same can be done using a CNC router at less cost. However, having said that the laser engraving provides a nice product and lasers are more expensive in terms of depreciation and replacement of the laser which does die. Bravo!
Steve A. / November 28, 2014 at 08:26 pm
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@John Morand

Hey John, a friend that owns a laser engraved in wood a picture of me sitting in a chair. You could clearly make out that I had a 5 o'clock shadow and you can see the striation in the fabric of the chair I'm sitting in. Can your CNC do that?

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