Totems allow us to feel connected to something (or someone) even if we’re apart—the small objects conjure memories and feelings just by looking at them. This is the idea behind Waaypoint, an online shop that creates totems of special places. Conceived in Portland and born from a love of cartography as well as the Pacific Northwest, the designers have produced a collection of pendants and rings featuring the famous Mt. Hood. “[It’s] our first location and personal Waaypoint,” they tell us in an email.
Each totem showcases the mountain’s peak rising in solid silver, plated rose gold, and plated 18k gold. The representation of Mt. Hood is impressively precise and includes intricate nooks and crannies—a miniaturized version of the real thing. To produce this effect, Waaypoint 3D printed the location from NASA’s digital elevation mapping. Afterwards, they made a cast of the mountain and used it to form the jewelry. “Every piece,” they explain, “is stamped with the GPS coordinates marking its location.”
Waaypoint sells their exquisite totems through their website.
My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Melissa Patterson and Ben Coughlin.