The San Juan Islands are the pinnacles of a submerged mountain range that connects Vancouver Island with the mainland. They're a tidal-gateway between the open ocean and the Gulf of Georgia to the north. Because of this, heavy tide-rips are common in many of the island's inner channels. If it weren't for the interference caused by these tide-rips, the islands exposed shorelines would suffer from significant erosion during winter storms. Instead, erosion is most dramatic only during slack tide and high-water wave-cuts are visible on many of the islands exposed shorelines.
Points of Interest: San Juan Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island, Whidbey Island, Bellingham Bay, Lummi Bay, Boundary Pass, Padilla Bay, Samish Bay, and Fidalgo Island.
Wood Charts are based on soundings and measurements from bathymetric and nautical charts. Each depth layer is laser-cut from sheets of Baltic birch and glued together "bread and butter" style to create the contours and shorelines of striking waterways. Select layers are hand-stained a rich blue-green color to discern water from land, and major byways are etched into the land. The whole work is framed in a custom, solid wood frame and protected with a sheet of durable, ultra-transparent acrylic.