The making of globes, spheres covered with a map usually of the earth or the heavens.
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|Origin in the UK|
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|Current no. of trainees||1 (see ‘Craftspeople currently known’ for further details)|
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|Current total no. of craftspeople||3 businesses|
The earliest globes are known to date from 1492 but very few have survived, and it was in the early 16th century that printed globes were made.
There are several types of globe: terrestrial globes (showing the Earth), celestial globes (showing the skies), lunar globes (showing the moon), and planetary globes.
There are a number of key skills involved including:
map-making to fit on curved surfaces
the construction of the ball itself
the construction of the stand for the larger globes
The traditional method of globe construction involved making a papier maché sphere and then covering it in plaster (although today, many globe makers outsource the spheres and have them made in resin/fibreglass or plastic).
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
Craftspeople currently known
Bellerby & Co. – based in London. Seeking an apprentice at the start of 2017.
Greaves & Thomas – based in Ryde, Isle of Wight
Lander & May – based in Cowes, Isle of Wight
Sylvia Sumira. (2014). The Art and History of Globes.