Peter Bellerby, Globemaker

I’m fascinated by people who make things with their hands. Probably because I’m as bad at creating things with my hands as anyone ever, so successful hand-crafters seem like gods to me.

Enter the godlike Peter Bellerby – a Londoner who really, really wanted to give his father a globe for his 80th birthday, but just couldn’t find one he liked:

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.

Yes, they’re a bit spendy. I’m not quite sure what that “₤” represents — a European hashtag, perhaps? — but I’m pretty sure the 4-to-5 digits after it translate to “Out of my price range.” Still, even though I can’t afford one, I’m really, really glad someone’s making then them.

No wonder Peter and his fellow hand-crafting conspirators call themselves artisan globemakers. They’re making pieces of art.

 (HT to the hilariously-named Laughing SquidAnd photo credit to Hal Shinnie, whose photographs appear on Bellerby and Co’s charmingly idiosyncratic Globemakers blog.)

About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.


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