The maps and frames of New World Cartography are the product of three talented yet different individuals. Their unique backgrounds have come together in this cartographic endeavor to produce originally designed, hand colored maps in finely crafted frames.
Travis Hayes Folk, Ph.D.
founder and chief map designer
Although his academic training is as a biologist, Travis has always has a love of looking at he world from above. Maps, whether old or new, give a unique view of the world around us. He has also appreciated the craftsmanship required to produce the great maps of the 17th and 18th centuries. New World Cartography is his effort to describe the world around us today in much the same way map makers used hundreds of years ago. Each map is conceived of and designed by Travis. Some, like the Revolutionary and Civil War Fortifications of Charleston Harbor, require hours of research.
Tony has been pursuing artistic endeavors his entire life. Although academically trained at Furman University, his first artistic creations were made while growing up in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. His work with New World Cartography covers initial ink work for originals drawings of each map to the final coloration that is applied to most maps. In fact cartographic pursuits run through his family. The forthcoming State of South Carolina map by New World Cartography is loosely based on a map produced by Tony's great uncle in the early 20th century while a boy growing up on Johns Island, SC.
third generation woodworker
As a child, Mark began wood working in his grandfather's Walterboro, SC work shop. This dirt floor shop was built by his grandfather in the 1940's and has housed three generations of Seigler woodworkers. The stacks of decades old remnant wood and the authentic 1945 calendar are testament to the creativity that has emerged from this humble shop.
Mark produces all frames for New World Cartography. Many frames, especially those made from reclaimed heart pine, require cutting to size, planing, routing, joining, sanding and finishing. These multiple steps produce a frame of high quality and bear a serialized name plate for New World Cartography.