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Natural Branch Wood Cribbage Boards

Inspired by the forests and ocean that surround us, our large tabletop Branch Wood and Driftwood Cribbage Boards are as unique and beautiful as the trees they come from and the ocean forces that shape them. 

Hearkening back to maker Geoff's roots in the fine arts, each board is a one-of-a-kind work of art. Geoff forages for these pieces in the back woods of our forest or on his travels, looking for pieces with a cribbage story to tell. He brings them back to the workshop, dries and cures them for months and sometimes years, then sees what it wants to be by carving, cutting, drilling, sanding, finishing, and detailing it. 

We spend time in the workshop on each board to uncover its natural features and develop its hidden talents. When playing on the boards, we love the curving, natural journey your pegs take, sometimes jumping over obstacles, climbing hills, or following steep descents. These topographic features make the journey special and natural, like a Sunday stroll.

These boards are sculptural display pieces. Most boards have a little extra height with joined foraged branch legs. We've found that playing the game by tossing the cards underneath the natural bridge made by the curve in the branches is a delightful part of the game. 

Although each board is unique, what every board has in common:
- signed and dated by the artist (Geoff)
- the play surface is sanded and finished with a hardwearing clear satin gloss
- the bark and/or organic character of the piece is left as intact as possible

Read the description and photos of each board listing carefully, because each one contains unique features. Some have peg storage, different kinds or sizes of pegs, some have 3 or even 4 tracks, some have legs with nonskid feet, wall hooks, and even more features. Whenever possible, we link each board to an online photo gallery showing more pictures of the board: click the link to see more photos of the board.  

Because each board is one-of-a-kind, there is only a quantity of one for each board. When it's sold, it's gone forever. 

Currently on offer: 
BRANCH BOARD No. 18 "Madrone" 
This show-stopper is made from wild-crafted deadfall madrone wood foraged on a trip to Northern California. The bark is gorgeous, almost reminiscent of eucalyptus, and the wood grain is unstoppably beautifulwith oval tree rings visible. The madrone wood is dense and heavy, and both it and the extra-large specialty metal pegs exude gravitas. It has all our favorite design features, including a bridge and a roller-coaster playing course. We pulled out all the bells and whistles for this board: a looped 2-person 120-point track and peg storage with a cork closure and brass and black hexagonal pegs. We freehand woodburned the point sections, peg holes, and a skunk line. More photos here. 
Measures:30.5" (77.5 cm) at the longest x 11.5" (29.2 cm) at the widest x 8.25" (21 cm) at the tallest. $485

DRIFTWOOD BOARD No. 27 "Volcano"
On the beach, this piece of wood jumped out at me. It's the only one in this batch to not need legs: self-supporting on three root sections. It is stable and beautiful and features a cantilevered branch section shaped by the power of the ocean. I added hidden peg storage and a wall hook for hanging when not in use. It features a 2-player,single-track 120-point course with freehand woodburned peg holes and standard size pegs in black andbrassMore photos here.
Measures:23” (58cm) x 7” (18cm) x 5.75” (15cm) $250

BRANCH BOARD No. 28 "Rollercoaster II" 
Nature brought us these boards with a winter storm, which I picked up from an alder tree on our property and aged in the workshop. The interior revealed a soft peaches-and-cream grain and I kept the bark and moss intact. Somewhat compact size. I added hidden peg storage and a wall hook for hanging when not in use, and it also stands on one end. It features a 3-player,looped 120-point course with freehand woodburned peg holes and mini size pegs in black, stainless steel andbrass More photos here. 
Measures:14.5" (37cm) x 2.5" (6cm) x 2.5" (6cm). $180

DRIFTWOOD BOARD No. 29 "Root System"
When I saw this piece on the beach, I was challenged to create my most intricate game board to date. The root system curves in and out, creating a loop. It is a blast to play on. The sander revealed a pretty honey grain. I added hidden peg storage and a wall hook for hanging when not in use. It features a 2-player,looped 120-point course with freehand woodburned peg holes and mini size pegs in black andbrassMore photos here.
Measures:34” (86cm) x 7” (18cm) x 4” (10cm) $240

BRANCH BOARD No. 30 "Rollercoaster I" 
Nature brought us these boards with a winter storm, which I picked up from an alder tree on our property and aged in the workshop. The interior revealed a soft peaches-and-cream grain and I kept the bark and moss intact. I added hidden peg storage and a wall hook for hanging when not in use, and it also stands on one end. It features a 2-player,looped 120-point course with freehand woodburned peg holes and standard size pegs in stainless steel andbrass More photos here. 
Measures:20.5" (53cm) x 2.5" (6cm) x 2.75" (7cm). $165

DRIFTWOOD BOARD No. 31 "Salamander"
Sometimes these boards take on a life of their own, anthropomorphizing into new life. This one reminded me of the curvy little native salamanders that live here on the coast. This board was shaped by the forces of the Pacific Ocean. It features a beautiful wood grain and organic shape. I added hidden peg storage and a wall hook for hanging when not in use. It features a 2-player,single-track 120-point course with freehand woodburned peg holes and standard size pegs in stainless steel andbrassMore photos here.
Measures:22” (56cm) x 8” (20cm) x 4.5” (11cm) $190

DRIFTWOOD BOARD No. 32 "Boardwalk"
It is a real treat to play on this oversized board with oversized pegs. This long cedar plank is a major statement piece. It could have originated from anywhere along the West Coast, but it drifted up on our part of the beach, shaped by the Pacific Ocean as it is. I added hidden peg storage and a wall hook for hanging when not in use. It features a 2-player, looped 120-point course with freehand woodburned peg holes and super giant pegs in stainless steel and brass. More photos here.
Measures:52” (132cm) x 4” (10cm) x 3.5” (9cm) $290

PHOTOGRAPHY: Credit to Broken Banjo Photography and Erin Berzel Photography.

 

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C.
SOOO many compliments

We’re loving the driftwood cribbage that I “commissioned” from you in December! Oh, and we’ve gotten SOOO many compliments on the board, by the way.

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beautiful craftsmanship! a fantastic gift.

I purchased a madrone board as a gift and coudn't be more pleased. The natural curves of the wood are brought into the design, allowing the beauty of the wood to be a focal point.
It's one of our favorite family games...and a piece of art :)
Thank you!

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