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    The Handmade Globes of Peter Bellerby

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    The Handmade Globes of Peter Bellerby

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    Monday, April 17, 2017

    When Peter Bellerby couldn’t find the perfect handmade globe for his father’s 80th birthday, he took matters into his own hands. He decided he would create two globes from scratch—one for his father and one for himself.

    After all how difficult can it be to make a ball and put a map on it?”, he wondered.

    But making a globe is extremely difficult, as Bellerby found out. Correctly applying the little strips of the map, called gores, onto the spheres itself took eighteen months to perfect. Some of the poorly constructed models Bellerby found had overlapping gores that wiped out entire countries, or had latitude lines that were drawn straight across the map with a ruler. Bellerby wasn’t prepared to settle on such poor quality finish. Today he runs Bellerby & Co Globemakers out of a London Studio. They are one of only two workshops in the world that still make modern hand-painted artisanal globes.



    When Bellerby first started making globes, he had to license a map from a reputable source. But Bellerby found out that the maps were not reliable.

    “It had incorrect capitals, most of the names in the Middle East were either rubbish or incorrectly spelled or positioned. Don't let me start on the Aral Sea,” he said.

    Over the course of a year, Bellerby and his assistants spent at least six hours per day redesigning the map using Adobe Illustrator, a piece of software that he describes as “not so difficult” and compares it to how intuitive basic internet and the email are to his parents.

    “In the end we changed everything.”

    Once the map was made, he found a friend who created a program to morph the rectangular map into gores so that it fit onto a sphere.

    The sphere itself proved to be another source of trouble.

    I found several companies prepared to make a 50cm sphere mould, but the moulds were neither round, often had plateaus on and were far from accurate. Now the actual globe is not exactly round, but thats not really the point. In the end we have relied on Formula 1 fabricators to make our moulds. The reason being that when you have a tolerance (error) on a sphere, you might as well multiply this by Pi (3.14159 etc etc) ...if you can imagine sticking 24 pieces of map on a sphere and each one is 0.1mm too small you have a 2.4 mm gap to contend with.

    Now Bellerby and his small team of trained globemakers create high quality globes each expertly hand crafted using traditional and modern globemaking techniques.

    “Our globes are not a throw-away item,” Bellerby said. “Part of the problem with many of the globes made in the past was the materials they used—meaning any antique globe now is more like a museum exhibit and each touch and spin will likely degrade the item. We hope our globes will be future heirlooms and something that customers want to pass down within their families.”

    Some of Bellerby’s clients are high-profile. In 2011, he was commissioned to make two globes for the film Hugo. Recently, the Louvre Museum of Paris asked them to make a copy of Coronelli's original celestial globe, first made for Louis XIV in 1683. The Louvre will display the piece on the grand staircase at the museum.

    All photographs courtesy of Bellerby & Co Globemakers.
























    Sources: www.bellerbyandco.com / FT.com / Slate / Solid Smack / Wikipedia
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    I have always loved using globes, and those are really neat!

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    I'd love to have one. Wonder what the prices are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hognutz View Post
    I'd love to have one. Wonder what the prices are?

    Listed in "pounds"

    http://www.bellerbyandco.com/index.php/globes.html

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    Flat Earth believers must be cringing at the "Fake News."

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    Those are beautiful! I remember having one as a kid and I loved it!

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    $1500 and up. WAY up...

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    $1500 US for the small standard 9 inch globe and as Dennis said.....WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY UP from there! WOW!!

    Beautiful work, but very very pricey!
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    Very neat!

    I remember spinning the globe in our library and looking at various places, thinking of how difficult or easy it would be to get to them.

    One of those would be nice, but a bit pricey for me.

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    Now those are true works of art! Absolutely stunning... and I can say from some limited experience doing decoupage and other paper craft work that the amount of time involved to painstakingly make sure that every single tiny line, etc matches as they lay each section means even at those jaw-dropping prices, they aren't overpriced!

    If I had the extra funds, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

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    Very Beautiful! Thanks for taking the time to bring all the pictures over here Thompson!
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    Looking at the scale on the globe to measure out about 12,000 feet, which may be, depending on the size of the globe,
    only 1/8th or 1/4 of an inch, then holding that height at the surface to see how very thin the breathable atmosphere is,
    has always amazed me, how little there really is, it's the tiniest wisp of surface air that we all live & breathe in here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme View Post
    Now those are true works of art! Absolutely stunning... and I can say from some limited experience doing decoupage and other paper craft work that the amount of time involved to painstakingly make sure that every single tiny line, etc matches as they lay each section means even at those jaw-dropping prices, they aren't overpriced!

    If I had the extra funds, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

    Summerthyme
    I have a life-long fascination with expert craftsmanship and "how things are made". It's impressive this is entirely all self-taught, and solely due to his desire to provide his father with a globe for his birthday.


    Here's a little more, from the "About" page:

    http://www.bellerbyandco.com/index.php/aboutus/

    After a two year search for a globe for my father's 80th birthday present I was faced with a choice of a modern political globe (albeit frequently available with a generous dose of sepia colouring), very fragile expensive antique models, which you can't really use on a daily basis or trying to make my own.

    So the original plan, hatched in a pub in Kings Cross was to make just two, one for Dad, one for me. It would probably 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?

    So firstly I had to license a map. From a reputable source. It had incorrect capitals, most of the names in the Middle East were either rubbish or incorrectly spelled or positioned. Don't let me start on the Aral Sea. That took at least 6 hours a day for about a year. In the end we changed everything. At the start I had to learn Adobe illustrator, which is not so difficult. It's about as intuitive as the interweb and the email web are to my parents.

    Then, find a friend to write the programme to morph a rectangular map into 'gores'- the triangular shapes that fit onto a sphere. Offer him a globe as a bribe. Easy. Even better his job was far from taxing so a month, two at most. Three days later he was re-assigned to Lahore (with a bodyguard and ouzi as company). Over a year to complete.

    Then make a ball. At least I can rely on a manufacturer to make a perfect mould. This was the beginning of my introduction to the world of tolerance. I found several companies prepared to make a 50cm sphere mould, but the moulds were neither round, often had plateaus on and were far from accurate. Now the actual globe is not exactly round, but thats not really the point. In the end we have relied on Formula 1 fabricators to make our moulds. The reason being that when you have a tolerance (error) on a sphere, you might as well multiply this by Pi (3.14159 etc etc) ...if you can imagine sticking 24 pieces of map on a sphere and each one is 0.1mm too small you have a 2.4 mm gap to contend with.

    Then there are other little treasures. How for instance do you balance a ball so that when it spins it comes naturally to rest rather than swinging drunkenly like a weighted ping pong ball. Later on, how do you get a ball balanced with lead weights through customs. You would have thought that if customs detected heavy metal, that they might possibly use a geiger counter rather than a hammer to establish the contents?

    Goring the globe (applying the map) was something that took eighteen months to perfect. The difficultly I had was that none of the current breed of globemakers, and I mean ALL the current globemakers and copy artists/ model makers are producing anything close to perfect globes. Latitude lines that don't match is a personal passion. There are makers who overlap gores to the extent that they wipe out entire countries. There are even some who in order to prevent the paper ridging cut out little triangles of map. How is it possible to do it so badly. Some makers even have latitude lines that look like they have been drawn with a ruler after the map has been pasted on they are so straight. There just seemed little point in spending two years researching a project only to produce a poor quality finish.

    It is a thrill that our globes are used in Hollywood movies and for BBC and ITV productions as well as established artists, but more importantly enjoyed by our many customers around the world. The comments on our testimonials page are entirely unsolicited and are a source of great pride.

    Now a small team of trained globemakers create high quality, hand made globes that Bellerby & Co. has come to be recognised for. From the stand, to the artwork, the painting and map-making, each piece is expertly crafted using traditional and modern globemaking techniques, and is lovingly produced in our North London studio; each piece is an individual model of style and grandeur and the larger globes are works of art in their own right.

    The collection is ever increasing, with the popular mini desk globe our favourite. Watch a video here.

    As well as the models displayed in our online catalogue, we undertake commissions from personal engravings to specific maps or artwork; a bespoke globe is an excellent way to commemorate a special occasion or journey. Please browse our products online, or visit our studio to see some of our globes in person.

    Alternatively our range of mini desk globes and Livingstone globes can be viewed at Harrods, Knightsbridge, and will be available to purchase from selected international outlets soon.

    And if you have time, check out this lovely short film for a glimpse into Bellerby & Co. and what we do or catch a recent interview here.

    For any further information on our products do not hesitate to call our office. Please read our blog here to find out lots of interestings globey facts, and behind-the-scenes globe secrets.

    And for a glimpse into daily life in the studio check out our instagram.


    A couple of videos:

    Peter Bellerby // The Globemaker
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    I'd love to work there!

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    I have an old globe bought for $5 form the local charity shop. As innaccurate as the details may be, a globe gives a much better sense of scale than flat maps do. You realize how big Africa is, how big the oceans are. Western Europe is small!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbin View Post
    Flat Earth believers must be cringing at the "Fake News."

    Dobbin

    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowMan View Post
    $1500 US for the small standard 9 inch globe and as Dennis said.....WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY UP from there! WOW!!

    Beautiful work, but very very pricey!
    Not pricey at all, the employees have to be paid for their time, and skills.
    People are quick to confuse and despise confidence as arrogance but that is common amongst those who have never accomplished anything in their lives and who have always played it safe not willing to risk failure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dobbin View Post
    Flat Earth believers must be cringing at the "Fake News."

    Dobbin
    Flat Earthers and democrats have so much in common....they both refuse to see Truth.

    These globes are beautiful and expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by packyderms_wife View Post
    Not pricey at all, the employees have to be paid for their time, and skills.
    Agree. That is what hand-made things cost. Look at the watch on your wrist, the clothes on your closet, the books on your shelves, and think of how much of it you would be able to afford to own if they had been all hand-made.

    Automation for most of life is a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Faroe View Post
    Agree. That is what hand-made things cost. Look at the watch on your wrist, the clothes on your closet, the books on your shelves, and think of how much of it you would be able to afford to own if they had been all hand-made.

    Automation for most of life is a good thing.
    Problem is...He is making them in England. Open up the same company in...oh say Chile, and they could be as well made, at 1/2 the price.


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    I'd get one of the big ones if I could afford it! I love maps and globes -- I have, a couple of times, just about papered the walls of my bedroom with maps (mostly out of old National Geographic magazines).

    And Shane, I agree with you about the relative depth of our atmosphere -- that's actually a bit scary to contemplate. But also amazing when you think of the God who created all of this!

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    Doesn't work if you believe in the Flat earth.

    I like the globes made of all different colored stones, most.y sold in Europe or Asia
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freeholder View Post
    But also amazing when you think of the God who created all of this!
    Was telling a friend the other day, that for me, I consider the judgement suspect of any scientist that is also a fervent atheist.

    They, deep into the mysteries of whatever their specialty is, can't be much of an objective scientist if they refuse to recognize
    the obvious intelligent design behind the interconnected complexity of the universe and all its moving parts and, instead, cling
    to this 'randomness & chance' atheistic baloney as having been the prime mover, creator and sustainer of it all.

    It takes much more faith to believe in atheist version of things than that there is, and must be, a divine intelligence behind it all.

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    These beautiful globes remind me of the work of that skilled young calligrapher someone here posted on a year or more ago. The works of both would go well together in the same room.

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    I looked at the pictures and at various videos, etc. and I don't see any Bellerby globes with an analemma. I suspect I'm missing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shane View Post
    Was telling a friend the other day, that for me, I consider the judgement suspect of any scientist that is also a fervent atheist.

    They, deep into the mysteries of whatever their specialty is, can't be much of an objective scientist if they refuse to recognize
    the obvious intelligent design behind the interconnected complexity of the universe and all its moving parts and, instead, cling
    to this 'randomness & chance' atheistic baloney as having been the prime mover, creator and sustainer of it all.

    It takes much more faith to believe in atheist version of things than that there is, and must be, a divine intelligence behind it all.

    - Shane
    I caught some flack her a few weeks back for making a similar, yet simpler statement to the same effect....agree totally. Consider the source.

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    I used to have fun spinning our globe and when it slowed down I'd close my eyes and put my finger on where it landed, then look it up in our "Golden Book Encyclopedia" with the glossy, color pages.

    As I close my eyes, I can still see the spin of the globe and feel the anticipation of where I was going to go. Nowadays, the click of the internet button might show more and then some but ah, not the wonder, as those colorful countries spun by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shane View Post
    Looking at the scale on the globe to measure out about 12,000 feet, which may be, depending on the size of the globe,
    only 1/8th or 1/4 of an inch, then holding that height at the surface to see how very thin the breathable atmosphere is,
    has always amazed me, how little there really is, it's the tiniest wisp of surface air that we all live & breathe in here.

    - Shane
    Yep, 99% of the entire atmosphere lies within 20 miles of the earths surface.

    Another way teachers sometimes teach it is to use an apple to represent the globe of the earth. The skin on the apple represents 90% of the atmosphere.

    The oceans are even thinner and are like a thin film on the surface of the earth.


    And as far as mankind. The deepest a human being has gone into the earth is about 4 kilometers in a gold mine TauTona. The temperature is around 140 F.
    We have lived on only tiniest skin of this planet. So many things could go wrong. Another reason to get our butts out into space asap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryK View Post
    Yep, 99% of the entire atmosphere lies within 20 miles of the earths surface.

    Another way teachers sometimes teach it is to use an apple to represent the globe of the earth. The skin on the apple represents 90% of the atmosphere.

    The oceans are even thinner and are like a thin film on the surface of the earth.


    And as far as mankind. The deepest a human being has gone into the earth is about 4 kilometers in a gold mine TauTona. The temperature is around 140 F.
    We have lived on only tiniest skin of this planet. So many things could go wrong. Another reason to get our butts out into space asap.
    The environment is more human friendly in space?
    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? If...if...We didn't love freedom enough. And even more – we had no awareness of the real situation.... We purely and simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garryowen View Post
    The environment is more human friendly in space?
    No. The Earth is far far too fragile an environment to put all our eggs into that basket. As has happened several times in the past, we know that it doesn't take all that much to wipe nearly all life off the surface of this planet. It has happened before and is very likely to happen again. To insure humanities survival we need to move out into space and live on other worlds.
    We have done so much, with so little, for so long....We can now do anything, with nothing, forever.

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