Batik - The visual game

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Project by vipond33 posted 01-12-2012 03:27 PM 4511 views 63 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What better way to start the new year than with a new game. This is “Batik”, a mostly wood game given to my daughter at Christmas.
It is a purely spatial, visual kind of game, simple and fast, good for down to very young children as they’ve learned shapes and relationships. A nifty game for grown ups too while having a few cold ones, or just to see if the under 10 set can’t plough you under. While this model is fairly large, you could scale it down to 8 inches or so and not lose much.

Each player gets 13 pieces as shown. I followed the original design of 10 but threw in three extra pieces simply because I had the wood planed and because I think it makes the game more interesting. The players drop them in alternately with the loser of the game having their last piece played protruding above the Plexiglas. No place to go in just a very few minutes. There is an early bouncing large pieces game, a middle game of scheming and embarrassment and an end game of measuring up against the glass and simply hoping it’ll fit.
(Games may also be played in a series with the loser forfeiting the last piece played before the next game, with the ultimate loser being the player who cannot play as they have no pieces left)
(Visually calculating type people caught sleeping on the first game can often come back and win!)

In keeping with my practice of always providing storage for playing pieces, there is a box too. That and I love making boxes, usually ones that have an immediate task.
It is done in qtr sawn and flat sawn Douglas fir, that very pleasing yet very annoying wood with it’s abrupt early wood late wood transitions. Sand it, chisel it, rout it, saw it, curse it. Black leather lines the bottom.

The Plexiglas windows are loose for cleaning or replacement and also because I have as yet to come up with an inventive and attractive way of securing them.

I wrapped the box lid for a one corner match and the box itself for a four corner flow though in truth, it is physically impossible. What we have always is a four corner mirror match, not a waterfall. This is evident in the front left picture (below) but still pleasing I think. I hope that’s what we aim for in our work, pleasing, and not getting paralyzed by perfection. But I’ll take perfection if I can pick its pocket.

Game: Walnut, white oak, “red ebony?”.
Box: Douglas fir.
Game : Sanding sealer by Leon. Goddard’s wax.
Box: Shellac. Goddard’s wax.

Box: 9 1/4”x 5 3/4”x 2 1/2” About 7 hrs.
Game: 13 3/4”x 10 3/4”x 4” About 9 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.

Some details:

A review:

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 03:46 PM

Great build! Great game! Great post! I’ll have to try this one soon.

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 04:03 PM

The box is elegant. Classy work.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 04:16 PM

A very interesting game and a very nice build .

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 04:27 PM

That’s a great game. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to play.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#5 posted 01-12-2012 05:32 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 01-12-2012 07:33 PM

I love games like this!

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#7 posted 01-12-2012 08:11 PM

I am always tickled to see the cool projects and ideas you share with us on here. This one definitely doesn’t disappoint…. Very cool!

Going to jut this one as a favorite… I’m sure something like this would get some good use around my house….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 01-12-2012 08:30 PM

Beautiful workmanship Vipond, instant favorite. I may have to “borrow” your design, I have a few children that would absolutely love this!!

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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#9 posted 01-12-2012 10:09 PM

This is another cklassic Gene, great post, it looks like a real time comsumer (as you say with a few cold ones) :: )))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 01-12-2012 11:07 PM

In art school I made a Batik- but that was a painting made with dye, one color at a time. I wonder if the terms are related?

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#11 posted 01-13-2012 01:17 AM

Great idea! Fun game and great looking.

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#12 posted 01-13-2012 01:55 AM

Very cool, thanks for sharing!

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#13 posted 01-13-2012 02:31 AM

Very nice Gene.
I really like the DFir box. I still have a little stash from years ago. I just love it when quatersawn. You did a very nice presentation of it.

Thanks for the inspiration,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 01-13-2012 04:44 AM

Gene was great !!!!!


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#15 posted 01-17-2012 07:10 AM

That is another cool game I will have to make for my family and I absolutely love the design of the posts !


-- Kiefer 松

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