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How are bespoke globes handmade and painted?

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“After a fruitless search for a globe for my father’s 80th birthday present, I set about making one myself.

“The original plan was to make just two, one each. Expecting the whole thing to take three, maybe four months and cost a few thousand pounds; after all how difficult can it be to make a ball and put a map on it?

“It ended up taking two years, all my savings, and more…”

This is the story behind Bellerby & Co Globemakers, a handmade terrestrial and celestial globe-making shop founded in 2008 by Peter Bellerby.

Today, the northeast London-based company employs a small team of expert cartographers, globe makers, painters, and woodworkers who personalize globes for customers in myriad ways, including “bespoke cartography, travel routes or hand drawn and hand painted illustrations.”

Notable clients include the Royal Geographic Society and the 2011 Martin Scorsese film Hugo.

This behind-the-scenes short was filmed by Thibault Vallotton for The Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, an international non-profit” that celebrates and preserves master craftsmanship and strengthens its connection to the worlds of design, hospitality and the wider arts.” From the foundation’s manifesto:

“We want to help people rediscover the ability of the human hand to create, and support those doing it best: the exceptional contemporary master artisans using long-held traditions, skills and knowledge to make beautiful objects of lasting value.”

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