Mancala boards for Xmas

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Project by Tooch posted 12-21-2017 03:30 AM 1550 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I documented my progress on creating these in my most recent blog entries, so here are the results. There’s a total of 4 boards, 3 made of cherry and the last is a combination of Ambrosia Maple, Walnut, and Padauk.

Finish was a thick coat of BLO and a couple coats.of spray lacquer.

Thanks for looking, any comments or suggestions welcome. Merry Christmas to all, work safe and enjoy your family

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 12-21-2017 03:56 AM

Very nice looking board’s Tooch! Great looking lettering also! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 12-21-2017 03:58 AM

Great job in reviving such an ancient game. I had to look it up to see what it was about. These are cool looking boards and your results of designing with the cnc came together well.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 12-21-2017 04:55 AM

Those are beautiful. Love the laser engraving. Great job buddy and Merry Christmas

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 12-21-2017 04:57 AM

The one on last three photos is my favourite, beautiful colour combination.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 12-21-2017 05:07 AM

Thanks Tony, guys are all back to normal after the bad weather season.

Dave the game is great for people of any age, the fancy board will end up being for my own kids (ages 6 & 3).

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 12-21-2017 05:52 AM

Tooch, I should respond in arabic, that way you expecting my reply.

You have chosen some very impressive wood and and woodworking to produce the final result.
I particularly like the hinge to compact the board.

A bit of history which may explain all the arabic replies.

Experts say that mancala, an early version of sungká, may be the oldest game in the world, with almost every culture having some variation of it. Stones used in mancala boards have been found carved into the roofs of temples in Memphis, Thebes, and Luxor—evidence that the game was played in Egypt before 1400 BC. Studies say that the boardgame may have evolved in Egypt from counters used for accounting and stock-taking. Evidence of these boards have also been found in Ancient Sumeria. In Africa, the game is considered a national pastime and is played by tribes numbering in the hundreds. Mancala, being Arabic in origin, makes some scholars suspect that the game progressed from west to east, meaning from Asia to the coast of Atlantic.
As for the origin of the term “sungka”, researchers found traces of a similar game at a stream in Indonesia. The stream, widely known to travellers as the Red River, is called sonka by early Asians. The theory maintains that the sungka game Filipinos know today may have been brought by Indonesians when they migrated to the Philippines.

As the name Mancala, being Arabic in origin the replies Which I thought were just spam may be genuine replies be it an arabic.
Sadly the LJ Rosyrosy does not have any home page info that verifys if they are genuie or just part of the family of Gypsies this site has sadly adopted. No doubt the mediator will be able to tell, I for one would be interested to know the outcome.

I translated just some of of the text pruely out of interest but did not get anything positive.

However I could be wrong and they may be genuine replies, I will be interested to see if more appear again.

I wonder do we have any Arabic LJs that could add some better imformed knowledge to the blog replies.

Sam Shakouri is one LJ that I know of that may know.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 12-21-2017 10:35 AM

Thanks Hoss and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Ivan I do love those three wood species together. I think my kids will get that one so I can enjoy it too ha ha

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 12-21-2017 10:43 AM

That’s Robert for all of the information on the history, I may type that up to give the recipients along with the directions. I was able to use the translation aspect of my phone and found it looks like the last post was just a lot of spam:

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 12-21-2017 10:54 AM

Well I think that confirms rosyrosy is just rubbish as Blackie pointed out, must have been purely coincidential.

I dont think bothering anybody else will be appreciated now.

-- Regards Rob

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 12-21-2017 12:28 PM

Great looking game boards,Mike. Real professional!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 12-21-2017 08:14 PM

These boards turned out beautifully. You did a very nice job on this project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 12-22-2017 01:31 AM

Tooch, this has your usual professional look. I like your use of CNC to engrave the top of the box. The “bowls” are perfection. You have really mastered this modern approach to carpentry. There is some irony in using such a new tool to make such an ancient game. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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