Parqués is a Board Game peculiar to Colombia, although it has variations around the world, in the UK it is Ludo, elsewhere I don’t know.
The problem is that unless you want to buy something that you would need a microscope to see, they are damned expensive…well by our standards, and I have now lived here long enough to believe in local values so with the family coming for Semana Santa / Easter, I decided I would try to make one, it’s not hard,. just time consuming.
I know I said that after the Box Joint Jig I had other things to do, but the weather is holding that up, winter has now arrived with a vengeance, it’s only in the mid 20°Cs during the day and 16-18°C at night, which for here is cold! The damp makes it seem worse, with what seems like non stop rain, ranging from drizzle to tropical storms, so it was either put my feet up, or back into the workshop!
I looked on the internet for a photo, did a screen capture, and then using my editting software changed it to a pencil drawing. This I then put in my Big Print software, bought from Matthew Wandel, this gets a lot of use, I find it invaluable. I decided to make a relatively big version, 75cm x 75cm , and I am making two versions on one board, one side will be for six players and turn it over and it will be for four players, however to start I am concentrating on the six players.
Having printed out the 12 sheets for each version, I headed off to the workshop, where I cut a piece of 3/4” Ply to 75×75cm, then placed and taped the printed sheets on top, once I was happy they were right, I lifted one end and placed carbon paper underneath.
It seemed to take for ever to draw all the lines, but that ‘done’, I carefully lifted the template, and cussed, in my haste I had put three of the ten sheets of carbon the wrong way up, so there was a nice imprint on the back of the paper but nothing on the wood, fortunately I had used a compass to draw the arcs and circles, so using the pinholes I soon had the paper back in place, and redrew the missing section.
That done, out came my pyrography kit, I love doing woodburning, but haven’t had any projects requiring it recently, this is going to take a while, as you can see, it can’t be rushed, otherwise there is a risk of burning wood that shouldn’t be.
Once this is completed, and the other version drawn and burned onto the other side, I will have to get six different coloured spray paints to colour the different sections, that done, I will edge the whole board in mahogany, and then varnish it.
Will it be ready for Semana Santa…hopefully!
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright