Mancala board

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Project by Mip posted 06-13-2016 03:41 PM 1158 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this mandala board years ago, and thought I’d post it here. Got the plans from Wood magazine. Nothing special, just maple and cherry. Finished with Bartley’s gel finish. Hope you all like it.

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#1 posted 06-13-2016 09:22 PM

Please to ‘splain what a “Mancala Board” is. It looks nice.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 06-14-2016 02:24 AM

I had to look it up also – would not have guessed it’s a game style.

From Wikipedia
Mancala is a family of board games played around the world, sometimes called “sowing” games, or “count-and-capture” games, which describes the gameplay.

The name is a classification or type of game, rather than any specific game.

It’s a pretty board no matter what it’s for!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 06-14-2016 02:31 AM

All right, here it goes: the object of the game is to have most of the pi├Ęces at the end of the game. The six pockets and the long pocket on the right side are yours; the ones opposite are your opponents. You start off with a set even number of beads or shells or whatever and divide them into the six pockets on both sides. Player one picks up all the beads from any of his pockets and drops them one by one into the other pockets, including the long pockets on the ends, working counter clockwise around the board. The long pockets are “home” for you and your opponent. You put beads into it, but you cannot take them out. You put beads into the pockets until your hand is empty. You cannot skip a pocket. Player two takes his turn and deposits the beads into the pockets around the board. The game is finished when all of the beads are in both homes and none are in the twelve smaller pockets. The player with the most beads wins. There is some strategy to this; you want to end up putting the beads in you home and not in your opponents. There are different ways to start up, but the object is always the same; to have more beads. Mark, you can look online for the complete set of rules, because I’m sure I left out something. Betsy, I didn’t know it was a classification for many games; I just know it as one game.

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#4 posted 06-14-2016 10:31 AM

It’s very good you decided to post it. Beautiful stripes and holes patern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 06-14-2016 03:24 PM

You did a fine job on it and it looks very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 06-15-2016 04:23 AM

I remember playing this game in Viet Nam in the early 60’s. I don’t remember how many pebbles each pocket and player start with. Very nice board

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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