|Project by vipond33||posted 08-05-2011 05:22 AM||2545 views||16 times favorited||6 comments|
For those interested in making wood games of all sorts you just can’t beat “Board And Table Games From Many Civilizations”, a book by R.C.Bell in the Dover catalogue. There are dozens and dozens described in it with plenty of line drawings, photos and diagrams. Many are familiar, such as chess, mancala and backgammon but there are also a lot of esoteric (to us) games that provide a fascinating opportunity to be creative in wood.
I found the Tiger Game line drawing (Pulijudam) and imagined it in figured cherry with painted grooves, leather lined holes and ball bearings with marbles for the playing pieces. The basic shape remained the same but with the addition of a mechanical base that would hold the playing pieces – for I know how easily kids (and adults) will lose them without easy storage. Translating into three dimensions yielded a military plane or Star Wars look – the storage tubes resemble the nacelles of jet engines; that’s okay, it should be fun to look at too.
A sliding tongue with embedded magnets and symmetrical offset holes allow the marbles to roll out of the square tubes and can also be used by the Lambs player to hold their pieces from rolling all over the place.
Lambs??? The rules are simple. The three Tigers (marbles) are placed in the red holes and the Lambs (ball bearings) are placed in any hole one by one on alternating turns. The Tigers may “eat” the Lambs by jumping over them and the Lambs attempt to corner the Tigers so that they may not move. Eat three Lambs or immobilize the Tigers and you’ve won! For those that don’t like the taste of Lamb, call them Hens if you will. Best played on an empty stomach.
15”W x 14”D x 21/4”H.
About 15 Hrs.
Build on LJ’s.
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