The making of globes, spheres covered with a map usually of the earth or the heavens.
|Historic area of significance||London, Edinburgh|
|Area currently practised||Isle of Wight, London|
|Origin in the UK||1640 recorded, but likely earlier than that|
|Current no. of professionals (main income)||4 businesses and 1 individual|
|Current no. of professionals (sideline to main income)
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|Current total no. serious amateur makers
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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).
- Wood turning (stands)
- Ball making (fibreglass, plaster, plastic, etc.)
- Map making
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
Craftspeople currently known
- Greaves & Thomas, Ryde, Isle of Wight
Lander & May, Cowes, Isle of Wight
- Bellerby & Co, London
- Small Globe Company – to be formed in 2019 Ryde by James Bissell-Thomas
- Loraine Rutt – makes limited edition traditional paper globes and porcelain globes, and is in the process of re-launching the 200 year old globemakers Georama (the globe making branch of atlas makers George Philips and sons and was separated from the parent company when Philips was bought by Reed International around 1980).