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Backgammon Board Game Travel Wooden Set, Portable Handcrafted Strategy Game

Backgammon Board Game Travel Wooden Set, Portable Handcrafted Strategy Game

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"Unplug and get ready for Family Time" - Keep the distraction of the screen away to deep dive into a fun and rewarding time playing this Backgammon Tabletop game. It would provide both style and substance to the gaming experience.

Backgammon is a classic board game played by moving counters on a board. The objective of the game is a race to a goal and the movement of the counters is controlled by the throw of two dice.  This popular game was invented around 3,000 BC in the ancient Mesopotamian Sumerian civilization (Iraq).

If you like to play this 5,000-year-old game or would like to try exploring this, then we have the perfect set here. Made by hand by an artisan community in India, you would fall in love with this. Cheers to this classic tournament battle of strategy and chance!

Features

  • Materials: Sheesham wood, haldu wood, padauk wood, steam wood, felt cloth/velvet cloth
  • Accessories included: The drawstring bag contains 15 dark wood pieces, 15 light wood discs, 2 small dark six-sided wood dice, 2 small light six-sided  wood dice, and 1 large dark wood six-sided dice
  • The accessories storage pouch or the drawstring bag is Green coloured cut from velvet cloth
  • Gold-coloured clasps for closure
  • Folds in half for storage
  • Fair Trade gift for real backgammon connoisseurs!
  • Handcrafted in India

 

Dimensions

  • Box: Approx.  10L x 6W x 1.5H (when closed) inches


 

Note 

  • Due to the nature of hand-made products, kindly expect slight imperfections in this "Backgammon Game Set". This is not a defect and items are non-refundable due to this reason.
  • Choking hazard - small parts
  • Not recommended for young children
  • No dice cups included
  • Wood colour may vary from the pictures due to light during the photoshoot and screen rendering

 


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Why Aksa handmade games are the best?

  • Fair Trade - Aksa is a fair trade shop. This means every game has been lovingly crafted by an artisan in return for economical independence, welfare and community engagement. Read more about the 10 Fair Trade principles.
  • Hand Made: Our range of games is entirely handmade using hand tools and traditional craftsmanship passed down generations. This means each piece is unique in its own beautiful and warm way in terms of design and beauty.
  • Eco friendly, Sustainable Raw Materials: All of our games have been handcrafted in India using the eco-friendly and sustainable raw materials like mango wood.

  • Our range of quality games come in a variety to provide with a choice of selecting one that suits best your need and purpose. Whether shopping for a playing one of our handcrafted game with your friends or family, you will make a correct decision.

    About Indian Woodcraft & Artisans

    History of Wood

    Since centuries, wood has provided fire, shelter, tools, and supported so many inventions e.g. the wheel. Woodcraft in India is dated back to the ancient times of Maharajas. Initially, the art was limited to carving sculptures and windows of temples and palaces. Over many generations and under the influence of its region's culture and locally available wood the art form has evolved and now extends to articles like furniture, decorative pieces, storage boxes, table lamps, toys and puppets.

    What is Softwood and Hardwood?

    Wood can belong to either of the two categories - softwood or hardwood. Technically, softwood comes from the botanical group Gymnospermae and hardwood comes from the botanical group Angiospermae.

    Most softwood are evergreen, have no flowers and develop their seeds in cones (coniferous). They are usually fast growing. This makes them the most widely used woods commercially. Indian Sandalwood is an excellent example of softwood. It has a fragrant resin, thus is highly sought after for making religious images.

    Hardwood are usually slower growing than softwoods. They have dense wood lending itself to greater structural integrity than softwood (durability), and is less prone to insect damage. A few examples are walnut, mahogany, balsa, oak, chestnut, elm, teak and sycamore.

    About Artisan's Craft

    India has an abundance of native wood that lends well to the carving and inlay work. Some examples are Ebony, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Sheesham, and Sal.

    The diversity of each region's style and carving technique reflects in the motifs, and patterns on each carved article. The geometrical and floral patterns are the most popular. When an object is carved from a single block, it is believed that the spiritual energy inherent in the tree remains more concentrated. 

    To produce a beautiful carving from a block of wood requires sharp tools, suitable timber, and planning. Once cut, the wood can not be reattached and thus the artisan has to be careful while shaping his pattern. Finest carding is possible on hardwood due to its ability to split less, and wide range of colours. 

    What are different wood carving techniques?

    There are quite a few carving techniques, some of which are mentioned below.

    • Sawn technique - marking of design on a flat piece of wood, and then cutting using a saw.
    • Incising and stamping - Scratching wood, making grooves, stamping
    • Chip carving - repetitive patterns cut on one chip at a time.
    • Flat-pattern carving - think of the carving required to make wooden stamps or printing blocks that are used for dyeing cloths.
    • Relief carving - technique to create a three-dimensional effect on a flat surface by cutting back the background and rounding the projecting objects.

    Pic: Relief carving used on an Architectural Ensemble from a Jain Meeting Hall

    • Intaglio carving - the opposite of relief carving; think of this as moulding.
    • Turning - Spinning wood against a tool. This technique has been used to make our nested dolls.

    Pic: Nested dolls in a park setting

    • Bending technique -  for forming curved surfaces
    • Joinery - Joints can either fit against each other, across each other or into each other. They can be used to connect lengthwise or at an angle.

    What are different wood decoration techniques?

    Once our artisan has craved the product, they can employ a range of decorating and finishing techniques to create the final product. Example of such decorations are paintwork, inlay (insetting shapes into cuts made in the wood), banding, and marquetry (pieces are glued to the surface of a piece of wood). 

    Pic: example of inlay set in Tic Tac Toe Game Set 

    Conclusion

    In many regions, woodcraft production is vital for community livelihoods. By participating with Fair Trade organisations, we contribute to alleviating poverty and promoting sustainability through ethical practices. These organisations aim to educate and empower disadvantaged sections of the Indian community by providing them with job opportunities, gender equality, fair wages, safe and healthy working environment while preserving the local culture & traditional skills.

     

    Book Reference:

    Wood - the world of woodwork and carving