Wooden Board Games
Our Celtic art game boards are silk screen printed, and then hand colored before being sealed with satin finish polyurethane.
Some of the limited edition, or one-of-a-kind games are entirely decorated by hand.
A hand colored board with a Hnefatafl game on one side and Morris on the reverse inspired by a two-sided game board found in the excavation of the 9th century Gokstad Ship Burial
Made by us here in Minnesota
Our version of a Hnefatafl game using game pieces inspired by a surviving sheep bone game piece found in Oxfordshire, England. "Tafl" games are said to have been played by Norse cultures as early as 400 A.D., and were imported by the Vikings to Iceland, Britain, Ireland, and Wales. They were the primary strategy games in Northern Europe prior to Chess. Unlike Chess, or Checkers which are fought by equal armies from opposite sides of the board, "Tafl" games involve a single king and his defenders in the center of the board surrounded by a larger army of attackers.
Our version is inspired by an unusual fragment of a game board found with the 9th century Gokstad Ship Burial discovered in Norway. The board fragment appeared to have a 13 x 13 grid on one side and a 9-Man Morris game on the opposite side. Traditionally, surviving boards are fairly plain, but to make it easier to set up we have identified the starting layout with simple knotwork designs. The boards are about 3/4" thick and 16-inches square. We also include facsimile sheep knucklebones as an option for playing "Tawlbwrdd" a Welsh variation which may have used dice.
$150.00, + Shipping
These pieces are made from the toe bones from inside the deers' hoofs. The defending army is stained a dark brown, and the attackers are left the natural bone color. The height of the pieces can vary from a little over 1 inch up to 2 inches, but we match the pieces so that each set has a consistant look.
These are limited edition sets that we are able to offer only 3, or 4 sets a year.
$200.00 + Shipping
This game seems to be about 200 years old and was first popular along the French coast with Fishermen and sailors. We don't make these ourselves, but in response to frequent requests. Roll the dice and lay down any numerical combination of tiles that match your roll. Just keep on rolling until you can no longer match your roll on the remaining tiles. The lowest score wins the game. If you lay down all the tiles, then you’ve "shut the box".
It can be played with any number of players, taking turns, even as a solitaire game. Sure to bring hours of enjoyment and old world charm to your home. Includes eight dice.. It consists of a lidded wooden box measuring about 11.75” x 9.25” x 2.75”.
We also include a list of 16 different variations in Shut the Box rules as well as 6 dice so the box can be used as a dice tray for other games, and our own booklet of early dice games.
$30.00 + shipping
There is an unconfirmed legend that Captain Cook played this ancestor to the modern game of Connect Four™ to relax below deck with his fellow officers during his voyages. The story claims that he spent so much time playing the game, that it came to be known as "The Captain's Mistress." The object of the game is simple, players try to be the first to line up four of their wooden balls in a row, horizontally, vertically or diagonally. At game's end, pull the "gangplank" and the hardwood balls drop back into the box. 7 5/8" x 5 1/4" x 2 1/8"
$30.00 + shipping
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-
Set contains small objects.
A hand-colored board with a circular "Byzantine" Chess game on one side, and on the other side is a combination a standard Chess board and Tablut game played on the lines of the board.
Tablut belongs to the family of Scandinavian "Tafl" games. These were popular games in Northern Europe prior to the introduction of Chess. The defenders win if the king escapes to the edge of the board, and the attackers win by surrounding the king before he escapes. Includes a small version of The Isle of Lewis Chess pieces with additional white pawns included for playing Tablut.
In addition to the Chess pieces we include two variations in rules for circular Chess, rules for Tablut, a set of wooden Checkers, and our booklet of Checkers rule variation. The board is 14 inches square. Colors of the game boards may vary slightly from those pictured
$150 + shipping
We've had requests for a small, wooden Cribbage board so we've come up with one of the smallest we've seen (7.5" x 2" unfolded) and combined it with a deck of our English playing cards, and a set of dice. The whole set fits in a small 4" x 5" drawstring pouch. With dice, cards and the board scoring you have a small portable set for playing dozens of different games. The perfect size to fit in a purse or a carry-on.
A combination travel game set including:
- A folding wooden cribbage board with metal pegs
- 5 wooden dice
- A deck of our English cards
- A drawstring carrying bag
- Includes our newly updated rules booklet with over 30 variations!
(Full list of Variations below)
$20.00 + shipping
Not quite what you want? See all our Cribbage boards.
A small (7" x 3.5") 2-track Cribbage board with a Celtic knotwork design engraved down the center. Includes metal pegs in a storage compartment in the bottom.
Includes our newly updated rules booklet with over 30 variations!
(Full list of variations below)
$30.00 + shipping
Not quite what you want? See all our Cribbage Boards.
This game seems to be about 200 years old and was first popular along the French coast with Fishermen and sailors. We don't make these ourselves, but in response to frequent requests we've started carrying them. Roll the dice and lay down any numerical combination of tiles that match your roll. Just keep on rolling until you can no longer match your roll on the remaining tiles. The lowest score wins the game. If you lay down all the tiles, then you’ve "shut the box".
It can be played with any number of players, taking turns, but the 4-sided board makes it ideal for 2-4 players. It can even be a solitaire game. Includes eight dice.
- 4-Player Shut-the-Box game with tiles numbered 1 to 10
- Measures 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.25 inches
- Felt lined playing surface for quieter rolls of the dice
- Eight dice included (4 different colors)
We also include a list of different variations in Shut the Box rules.