My Mother taught me and my siblings to play backgammon as kids and we in turn taught our children. Family Reunions…it gets competitive! I’m amazed watching our children play with one another, well, and carry on this growing family tradition.
One rainy day as my 4 boys and I sat around playing on a board no larger than a paper-back book we decided we needed to make, not buy, a larger board. So we did.
The first effort was valiant and not very good and it went home with my boy, JT. But, we still needed a larger board and certainly to improve on our first effort. Many boards later, including one for each of my children, I discovered slab wood; versatile, stunning, endless in possibility. My appreciation for the aesthetic of this media has grown.
Juxtaposing the beautiful order and symmetry of a backgammon playing surface with the stunning mayhem of grain, textures and “live-edge” dis-symmetry of a tree brings stunning results. Compulsion, exploration, discovery…aromatic fine leather, knotty, bug tunnelled and spalted slab wood-I’m hooked.
Backgammon, a centuries-old game, continues to evoke competition, thought, creativity, togetherness, tradition and family.
I hope my efforts will allow you to enjoy this game with your family and loved ones and an heirloom-quality treasure to pass on.