I have to come clean on this. I cannot lie. I had never even heard of Pagoda Towers before a couple of days ago. A woman I didn’t know contacted me through facebook. Someone else had told her about my wood work. She had been looking for this game for ages and couldn’t find it and the couple of other woodworkers she’d asked about it either didn’t have time, or simply made up excuses, according to her.
Anyway, she told me her Grandfather used to play this game with her when she was a child and she wanted one to play with her kids. She explained that it wasn’t hard to make, but that she just didn’t have tools to do it. She sent me a photo of the one from when she was a kid and gave me the approximate size as she could remember. I made it in about two hours using wood from my scrap pile. She came to my shop to pick it up and was in tears. She loved it. It made me feel good. I was glad she was happy with it.
I made the stand out of pecan. I made the various sized blocks from oak. I finished it all with Johnson’s Paste Wax. It is a simple little thing. It is a slab of wood with three pegs sticking out of it and seven blocks of wood with holes drilled in the middle to fit over the pegs.
When she picked it up, I had the woman explain to me how this worked, since I’d never heard of it. The object of this game is to move all the blocks, largest on bottom and moving up to the smallest, from the peg on one end to the peg on the other end. When done, it has to be just like it started, largest on bottom and moving up to the smallest. The catch is, at no time can you have a block on top of another block that is smaller. That adds a whole new twist to it. I made several quick, unsuccessful attempts before she took it with her. I am going to have to make another one someday now so I can beat it.