Hand Cut & Applied
Globes that have the hand cut and applied method are typically the most sought out as they are handcrafted by true globe artisans. They are also some of the most expensive.
In this method a manufacturer will use either an acrylic sphere or a hand blown crystal sphere as its canvas. From there a flat map is cut into "gores" or strips which look like diamonds with rounded sides.
These gores are then hand applied to the sphere to ensure proper alignment. Once dry, many coats of finishing product are placed over the map to keep it safe from the elements.