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Mancala is an ancient game originating in North Africa. It was originally played by digging out little holes in the earth or sand to create the game board. Paul wanted to pay homage to the games roots by making his boards seem that they were carved out from the earth. Other commercially available boards are made by just drilling shallow holes in a board causing the stones to fall out while playing.
This Mancala board was made from a solid block of North American Cherry. This board will outlast you! Wood artist Paul Szewc of Guelph, Ontario, Canada put his own flare on a traditional game.
The holes are easy to scoop from and you can easily see how many marbles are in each hole. Each hole will hold 22 gems comfortably which is deeper than most boards available. The rules on the back of the board come in handy too.
- The Board is sprayed with sealer then sanded again and then sealed. This creates that smooth-to-the-touch finish. This process is the same as what a high quality piece of furniture receives. It is very durable and requires no care. Simply wipe with a damp cloth if it becomes dirty. It will last for many years to come. There are machine marks which you can see but this is the look we wanted. It gives the board a textured look which is very organic looking as like how they would have made the board hundreds of years ago.
- Each board comes with the gems to play the game, as well as instructions which you can see in photo 4 and 5 which are laser engraved on the back so you will never forget how to play it. If you have never played it - well it's time to learn because it is a great game.
- Dimensions of board is 24"L x 6W" x 1".