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 (or, if you're an excellent player, a horse race).

    These boards are sculptural display pieces, meant to be a centerpiece for your coffee table, mantle or dining table and always at the ready. 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 intact as much as possible

    Read the description and photos of each board listing on the next tab (More Info) 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, 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. 

    Currently on offer: 

    BRANCH BOARD No. 11:
    A full-length 120-point single-track game on a curly branch with accents of moss and lichen (we think it's curly willow, but we're not sure). Two legs hold it sturdy above the table. The 2-person track follows its own path across the curves. Includes mini-size brass and black milled metal pegs which are stored in the end of the board and secured with a cork closure. Freehand wood burned point sections and a skunk line. No spilikin or game tracker holes. The leap - the jump in play across the "knuckle" - is a joyous way to begin your game as your points begin to gather steam. More photos here.
    Measures: 19.5" (49.5 cm) at the longest x 6.5" (16.5 cm) at the widest x 3" (7.6 cm) at the tallest. $90

    DRIFTWOOD BOARD No. 12:
    A 60-point single-track 2-person game on a driftwood branch with beautiful coloration, tons of character and a dramatic cantilever. Three legs hold it sturdy above the table. Worm tracks, salt or some other mysterious ocean forces left the sanded wood with intriguing purple streaks and little channels. Includes standard-size brass and black milled metal pegs. Freehand wood burned point sections and peg holes. Nonskid feet. No peg storage, skunk line, spilikin or game tracker holes. Course follows a lovely natural curve.  More photos here.
    Measures: 20.5" (52.1 cm) at the longest x 9" (22.9 cm) at the widest x 3.5" (8.9 cm) at the tallest. $145


    DRIFTWOOD BOARD No. 14

    A full 120-point single track game for 2 people on beautiful dark wood grain that contrasts with the silvery driftwood exterior. Features a unique club end and some bark still remaining. The game begins with an exciting little u-turn around a star shape found naturally in the grain, like an apple core. The bridge makes a nice arch to deal cards underneath, resting on four legs with nonskid feet. No peg storage, spilikin or game tracker holes. The checking at the winning end has been stabilized with glue. Freehand woodburned point sections and peg holes. Includes small-size brass and black milled metal pegs.  More photos here.
    Measures: 31.5" (80 cm) at the longest x 8" (20.3 cm) at the widest x 3.5" (8.9 cm) at the tallest. $175

    DRIFTWOOD BOARD No. 15:
    This branch has a story to tell. Sanding this piece of driftwood in the workshop revealed stunning and unexpected dark walnut-colored wood in complete juxtaposition against the silvery exterior. This is all natural, with only a clear finish applied to the wood. One end of the branch has a dramatic cantilevered flourish reminiscent of a fairy tale, while the other end of the branch anchors the board to the ground. No peg storage, spilikin or game tracker holes. Two legs on nonskid feet make the bridge soar for card dealing underneath the board. Game play starts mid-way through the board and loops around in a full 120-point track for 2 players. Freehand woodburned point sections and a skunk line. Includes standard-size brass and black milled metal pegs.  More photos here.
    Measures:29.25" (74.3 cm) at the longest x 7" (17.8 cm) at the widest x 3.75" (9.5 cm) at the tallest. $260

    DRIFTWOOD BOARD No. 16:
    The wholesome goodness of an honest driftwood plank is undeniably attractive. Simple in shape, but a gorgeous honey color playing surface contrasts beautifully with the silvered board with ocean-ragged ends. It is one of Geoff's favorites. Built like a plank in terms of both yoga pose and construction material, two arms prop up one end of the board into a stable tripod with a wide bridge for playing cards underneath. Play begins midway through the board and does a loop around the wide end in 2 tracks. No peg storage, spilikum, or game tracking holes. Freehand woodburned point sections, peg holes, and skunk line provide an easy to read contrast with the honey-colored wood grain. Includes standard-size copper and stainless steel milled metal pegs.  More photos here. 
    Measures:30.5"(77.5 cm) at the longest x 4.5" (11.4 cm) at the widest x 3.25" (8.3 cm) at the tallest. $285

    BRANCH BOARD No. 17
    Our longest board features a full 120-point single-track game for 3 people. The course follows the twists and turns of the board like a roller coaster. Made from curly willow from a tree damaged in our neighborhood; the bark is in great shape. 5-leg foundation makes it feel like it's floating above the table. No spilikin or game tracker holes. Features non-skid feet and standard-size brass, black, and stainless steels pegs which are stored in the end of the board with a cork closure.  More photos here.
    Measures: A whopping 41" (104.1 cm) at the longest x 7.5" (19.1 cm) at the widest x 4" (10.2 cm) at the tallest. $210

    BRANCH BOARD No. 18:
    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 eucalpytus, and the wood grain is unstoppably beautiful with oval tree rings visible. The madrone wood is dense and heavy, and both it and the extra-large specialty metal pegs exude gravitas. Our signature bridge and roller-coaster design, it is a lot of fun to play on and will be a heritage piece for the ages. 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. Nonskid feet weren't necessary for this weighty board, and there is no spilikin or game tracker holes. 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

    PHOTOGRAPHY: In-use photography by Broken Banjo Photography.

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