Maps are our finest window into times long past. They
allow us to dream, to learn and to understand the world
that preceded us. Some of the maps capture spirit of
adventure, of discovery and the promise of new begining.
They register the triumph of navigators and explorers.
Maps are not only to instruct but they also reflect the
artistic expression of the times in which they were
created. They are as attractive as paintings and prints,
and they are significantly more interesting in that that
they display man's knowledge of his universe. Many
people love to look at old maps of places they have
visited, place they lived in and places they are curious
I have been interested in maps since I was a little boy.
At early age I use to draw maps of places I would visit
in the future and trails I would follow. I crossed
five continents and left my foot prints in more than 50
countries. Now I use as much energy to create my maps.
They are my tribute to man's triumph over the fear of
I have been crafting my maps on leather using
technique called PYROGRAPHY. Pyrography is the skill of
using fire to create art. PYRO means fire and GRAPH
means art. Perhaps the first art was done by the caveman
on a piece of animal skin with a stick of burning wood.
The maps I make are entirely done by hand which makes
every piece very unique. In my work I use fine ox leather,
simple tools and well practiced fire engraving methods. All
the lines and shades are burned into the leather thus
impossible to erase or fade. Dyes are applied to the skin
to create deeper shades and contrasts. Next, the surface
is coated with plant solution to protect it against time
and insects. Finally, natural paste is applied to attain
fine finish. The completed piece can be hanged with wooden
rods and leather straps or enclosed into a wooden frame to
complement any setting whetter it is home or office.
My maps are highly decorative, elegant and
engaging. They make unforgettable souvenir, unique gift
or breathtaking decoration which only becomes more beautiful
with time. Because I use raw leather and hand tools
each piece is slightly distinct and projects its