Holiday Gift and Exhibition at Pitt Meadows Art Gallery

Cribbage Board 19aI am exhibiting my 18-Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzles and live-edge Cribbage Boards #16 and #19 at the Holiday Gift and Exhibition, on at the Pitt Meadows Art Gallery November 17, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Opening Reception is November 24, 2 pm – 4 pm. For more details, visit the Gallery’s website.

These items may be purchased through the Gallery, or may be ordered directly from me.

Cribbage Board 18, and a Pricing Structure

I recently completed this cribbage board in apple for a customer who also has one of my tables.

Like many others, this one was a gift. Interestingly enough, some customers have told me that they don’t play crib, but just like the look of them.

Cribbage Board 18 Right

Cribbage Board 18 Top

Pricing Structure

Up until now, I have only been making boards with three tracks since they offer the most flexibility (they can accommodate one, two, three or four players).

I am now offering cribbage boards with one, two or three tracks.

Prices for live edge cribbage boards are as follows, and all cribbage boards include the required number of metal scoring pegs.

  • $90 – 1 track without scoreboard
  • $95 – 1 track with scoreboard
  • $120 – 2 tracks without scoreboard
  • $130 – 2 tracks with scoreboard
  • $155 – 3 tracks without scoreboard
  • $170 – 3 tracks with scoreboard

Contact me if you would like to order a custom-made cribbage board.

Shipping within North America is usually around $25. Prices are current as of this posting and are subject to change.

Two New Yew Cribbage Boards

Orders have been coming in steadily and I have just completed two new cribbage boards in time for Christmas orders. Both are made of Pacific yew and feature very unique live edges. Each board has three full tracks and a scoring field, and comes with a set of metal cribbage pegs.

Click on either image for more details, or for information on how to purchase one.

Cribbage Board 16b

Cribbage Board #16

Cribbage Board 17b

Cribbage Board #17

Beware of Step 27

I just completed a new cribbage board, but this one was made much differently from the others. I scaled up the board, and added a base to transform it into a table.

Cribbage Table 1

I had some fun with the base. For the stretcher, I used the bandsaw to cut three slits of graduated lengths in one end of the stretcher to spread it.

Stretcher Spread

Then, I cut corresponding mortises in the legs and drove the joint together. Yes, it was tricky!

Stretcher Fitted

For the cribbage board top, I bored the 3/8″ holes freehand, using a plunge router. The bit grabbed in one hole, causing a large jagged, spiral hole as I tried to recover.

Step 27

After some deliberation, I decided to fill the hole with clear resin and rebore the hole.

Cribbage Table 6

If you’re in playing in the right-hand track, beware of step 27!

Cribbage Table 4

Find more photos and details of this cribbage table on the Beware of Step 27 product page.

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Three New Cribbage Boards

A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from a fellow looking for a retirement gift for one of his employees. He had been looking at my site and had decided on Cribbage Board 11 because he liked the shape.

Cribbage Board 11

Cribbage Board 11 – SOLD!

That sale reduced my inventory to a single cribbage board (#12) and spurred me to make some more.

I made Cribbage Board 13 with three full tracks and a scoring field.

Cribbage Board 13

Cribbage Board 13

For Cribbage Board 14, I tried something new, and isolated the scoring field in a piece of black walnut that I joined onto the end for a different look.

Cribbage Board 14

Cribbage Board 14

The last board to come out of my shop is clean, simple, and I dare say, sexy. Cribbage Board 15 is a beauty, and one of my favourites.

Cribbage Board 15

Cribbage Board 15

PS: Cribbage Board 12 is still available, too.

Cribbage Board 12

Cribbage Board 12

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Two New Cribbage Boards

I’m very excited to release two brand new cribbage boards.

Each board has three tracks that follow the live edges, and the signature orange/cream contrast of the Pacific Yew is evident in each. Number 11 includes a scoring field whereas Number 12 does not.

You can find more photographs and details on their respective product pages.

Cribbage Board 11b

Cribbage Board 11

Cribbage Board 12a

Cribbage Board 12

Links:

  1. Cribbage Board #11
  2. Cribbage Board #12

More Cribbage Boards Now, More Puzzles Soon

There are two new cribbage boards on my Gallery page.  Both are presently for sale and they will be the last two available this year.

Click on any image to view the product details.

Cribbage Board 9

Cribbage Board #9 (Click image for details)

Cribbage Board #10 (Click for details)

Cribbage Board #10 (Click image for details)

In Other News

I’m sure you saw my insane 140-piece puzzle that I posted last weekend.  It’s so complex that even I, a puzzle-lover and the maker of the puzzle, am afraid to take it apart because I’m not sure that I’ll have time to get it back together before it sells.

140-Piece Puzzle Top

140-Piece Puzzle (Click image for details)

If you don’t enjoy driving yourself insane, but still like challenging yourself with puzzles, I have some smaller, simpler 3D (multi-level) jigsaw puzzles that will be available soon. All the puzzles are made of hardwood and I cut each piece myself.

New Apple Cribbage Boards

I’m beginning to catch up on posting some recently-completed projects which are now posted in my Store.

The wood for these two cribbage boards is from a local apple tree.  While I cannot guarantee one of these spectacular boards will improve your game, it may be enough to distract your opponent so that you can call Muggins and steal their points.

Since I do not use a CNC (computer numerically controlled) machine in my work, it is up to me to precisely lay out and drill each hole.  As David Pye discusses in his book, The Nature and Art of Workmanship, these cribbage boards are an excellent example of “workmanship of risk” because the success of the final product relies on my abilities every step along the way.  One misplaced hole can literally ruin a cribbage board.

As with all my work, each of these cribbage boards is signed and dated.

This board features live edges and three tracks.  Epoxy is used to stabilize the centre area.

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Apple Cribbage Board II Front


The live edge of this board is removed because of damage.  I quite like vertical edge and how it contrasts with the rich tones of the top.  This cribbage board features three tracks and a scoring field.

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Apple Cribbage Board III End


This is the fifth slide from my PechaKucha presentation.

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A Box Called “Necessessity”

Christmas Recap, Part I

Well, I must say that I had a great time over the past few days.  I hope that you did too.

On the morning of December 24, we travelled to Naramata, a 5.5 hour drive.  There, we enjoyed a great dinner with my aunt, her family and company.  We stayed up late to open gifts at midnight.  I passed around a box containing Shell Boxes and Dogwood Screwdrivers and asked everyone to choose one item.

Shell Box

The majority of the females selected a Shell Box while the males preferred the Dogwood Screwdrivers.  The one exception was the 12-year old boy who excitedly picked a Shell Box.

The last time my cousin, Michelle, visited us on the Coast, she had made this cherry cribbage board in my workshop with only a little of my guidance.  She wrapped it up and presented it to her boyfriend.  (I must say that she did an outstanding job!)

Cribbage Board by Michelle

We stayed the night and had breakfast while opening stockings Christmas morning.  I found this wooden cube puzzle in mine.  The pieces were very simple to make and the puzzle was fun.  I enjoyed this puzzle and it took me less than ten minutes to put it together.

Wooden Cube Puzzle

I couldn’t help but notice the lack of fine consistency in the pieces.  Some were nicely-sanded on all sides, others were very rough, and at least one had a severe crook in it.  None of these characteristics had any affect on how the puzzle went together, but it was interesting to look at different levels of refinement and think about what was really required.  (see A Box Called “Tolerences” and A Box Called “Necessessity?”)

Wooden Cube Puzzle, Disassembled

The rest of this story can be found in Christmas Recap, Part II.