about the company

Designed by nature – Crafted by hand

Through our work, we aim to capture and celebrate the beauty of the natural world. We create highly accurate, one-of-a-kind topographic maps out of thin sheets of cherry and maple wood. Inspired by an effort to embrace a sense of place, each piece is designed using 2D and 3D data. Each layer is cut then stacked and adhered by hand, revealing the true-to-life elevation of the landscape.

Started in early 2018 by Erin Cridlebaugh, Squirrel Hill Design and Craft quickly became a mainstay at craft fairs throughout upstate New York. Each weekend between May and December our pop-up shop tent could be found at shows like the Rochester Lilac Festival, Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Festival, and the Roycroft Arts & Crafts Festival. Our work can now be found in several shops and galleries throughout the region. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we transitioned away from the festival circuit to an online shopping experience.

our team

Erin Cridlebaugh

Owner & Artistic Cartographer

As a third generation cartographer, Erin has always been fascinated by maps. At The Evergreen State College she studied Sustainable Design and Woodworking. Her senior project was the first of what would become many wood topographic maps. After graduating, she worked in Photogrammetry editing aerial photography overlaid on 3D elevation models. Squirrel Hill combines this experience with her love of maps in a new and artistic way.

Jono Benoit

Picture Framer

Jono has been professionally picture framing for nearly a decade. In that period of time, he has managed several high-volume frame shops. With a wealth of knowledge and expertise, Jono frames with precision and care using all archival quality materials.