Handcrafted Western Australian Jarrah Two Up Set..

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Project by degoose posted 04-01-2012 08:57 AM 3201 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With ANZAC Day looming in a few weeks.. April 25th actually… a lot of Australians tend to think of Australias most notorious Game…. TWO UP…

To play Two up you need two pennies and a wooden Kip. The Kip is roughly 200 mm or 8 in long, 45 mm or 1 3/4 inch wide and about 13 mm or 1/2 in thick.

There are two round recesses in one end of the Kip to hold the pennies.

The Kip is used to Toss the pennies into the air and wagers are made as to which combination of Heads or Tails the pennies land in…

Heads/Heads or Tails/Tails or Odds..

There are some specific rules that need to be followed…

1. Ringkeeper’s decision will be final in the game.

2. A spinner shall be selected by the ringkeeper with the offer of the kip in the clockwise direction around the ring and the kip shall be handed over to the person accepting it initially.

3. The number of pennies to be used shall only be two.

4. A white cross will be marked at the tail side of the pennies.

5. The tails of the pennies will be placed on the kip by the spinner.

6. The dividend could not be taken by the spinner prior to throw the three consecutive heads.

7. The spinner loses his/her right to spin along with his/her total money in the event when the tails are thrown by the spinner.

8. (a) The declaration regarding the invalid spin will be done by the ringkeeper with the announcement of “barred” or ‘no spin’ in the following cases:

(i) Landing of a single or both of the pennies outside the ring;
(ii) Any person or a foreign object outside or inside the ring area is hit by a single or both of the pennies;
(iii) As opined by the ringkeeper, 2 meters should be the least limit for the spinner to spin above the head;
(iv) Ceiling can be hit by either or both of the pennies;
(v) The spinner does not remain within the ring?s boundaries as the kip left by the pennies;
(vi) The ringkeeper can tell whether the pennies have been spun or not; or
(vii) Any specific reason declared or announced by the ringkeeper.
(b) The declaration regarding the invalid spinning of the pennies should be done before the resting of the pennies.
(c) After the declaration regarding the invalidity of the spin is done, the pennies are attempted to get disturbed by the ringkeeper before coming into resting position.

9. Monies at the table’s center shall be set absolutely before making any side bet.
10. A spinner might be withdrawing from the center after throwing three pairs consecutively.
11. The premise where the game is conducted does not allow the person below 18 years of age.
12 The use of offensive language and unseemly conduct is totally restricted.
13. The amount of money wished by the spinner to spin shall be handed over to the ringkeeper. That money as well as the amount equivalent to it from a tail bettor shall be held with the ringkeeper for covering the bet.

These are guidelines only and are not madatory… rules may vary from location to location

I made this Kip from recycled West Australian Jarrah…the finish is hand rubbed wax…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 04-01-2012 09:32 AM

Is this a a woodworking project? YES

Is it a finished project? YES

Is it expensive? NO unless you lose some bets

Is it fun? MAYBE, depending on how well the ringmaster can remember all those rules, which are actually only guidelines and also can vary from place to place, so maybe not a good idea for folks from Melbourne to play with Sidneyites. or urban Sidneyites to play with suburban Sidneyites.

Is it moral? YES, no swearing, gesturing is ok, for example; ‘V’ for victory sign, maybe not other gestures.

Is it discriminating? YES, adults only need apply. Birth certificates will be checked by the Ringmaster.

Hi Larry. These comments are meant to be humorous, (ok, they are probably humorless), but meant for fun, not mocking. You have 25 days to train, so we are all rooting for you mate!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 04-01-2012 09:54 AM

Now I don’t care where you come from … that there was funny…. thanks Mike… love it… and I do not actually play…Two of these are on their way to Afghanistan so the Aussie Troops can play on Anzac day…Courtesy of the NSW Returned Services League..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 10:41 AM

And just when do you have time to play this, Larry!
With all your woodworking, it is a wonder you have time to eat and drink beer ;-)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Sam Shakouri

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 11:04 AM

Drinking beer is Larry’s starter, Ellen. And it has to be twice, once to start it and the second to keep it going.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#5 posted 04-01-2012 12:40 PM


I bet this game is not just a way to gamble, but some Aussie drinking, cussing, and fighting game as well… I think Larry left out the drinking rules as well as the cussing and fighting rules.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 04-01-2012 12:56 PM

That looks like a fun game Larry.
And I bet a pint or two have been the wager over the years. ;)
And even I can make this game! lol
Thanks mate.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#7 posted 04-01-2012 01:15 PM

Nice game Larry.
I hope all you Ausies have a great ANZAC day.
What will you come up with next?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 04-01-2012 01:27 PM

Nice job, Larry


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 04-01-2012 01:55 PM

Pretty cool, Larry. And a very compact gift to send over seas.

Been working my tail off lately, putting in Electronic Medical Records, and the hospital has been busy as well. Have a good week….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 04-01-2012 02:03 PM

Larry; you just amaze us with all that you create and give to others. Hope you have nice weather for ANZAC day .

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#11 posted 04-01-2012 02:59 PM

so when a coin
lands in your beer …....

everyone get another
after it has been drunk too
and retrieved


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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matt garcia

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#12 posted 04-01-2012 03:25 PM

Nice game!! And I love Jarrah!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#13 posted 04-01-2012 04:02 PM

Interesting game it’s all most the same as a game we have in the northwest(for plywood days) except our scale is a little larger,we use a 4’x8’ sheet of plywood and two trash can lids(only the metal lids are allowed), of course it’s to large to flip by had so the plywood has a 4×4 fulcrum placed precisely 24” or 60.9 centimeters from one end and a 58 Chevy abruptly backs onto the end of the ply. Here the judges are called lid keepers and OSHA requires them to wear foot ball helmets. The objective is to get both lids in the open trunk (aka a boot) of the 58 Chevy.If you hit small children you lose two points. Happy April first to you Larry

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 04-01-2012 04:27 PM

This could be a betting game, Larry.
It reminds me of the gumball machines we had in the factory. They thought “these guys sure chew a lot of gum”. The game was similar but a bet was placed on who would get the same colored gumballs on each play. They went through thousands of them.

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

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#15 posted 04-01-2012 04:33 PM

You must be bloody bored in Australia if this is a fun game. Or completely wasted…

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