How about this for a good catch!! A friend found this amazing hand carved wooden mancala board in a charity shop. I think this is an original mancala board from West Africa. I think I have mancala board envy!! I have been invited to play a few games on it though, so I'm looking forward to that! Mancala is one of my favourite games. It's an ancient game that is played in many parts of the world. It's a game of pure skill and strategy. I much prefer these types of games to those that are dependent on luck such as those games that involve dice. I'm not very lucky with dice. I don't think I have ever won a game of snakes and ladders in my life!!
Hand Carved Mancala Board
My favourite game at the moment is Chinese Checkers. I've been playing this for about a year now and I'm well and truly hooked! I suppose there are worse things to be addicted to! It's another game that is pure skill and strategy... no dices here! Up to six people can play but it does get a bit congested with so many players. I prefer to play with just one other person. If I could take one game to a desert island it would definitely be this one. But I could also play mancala on the beach, with a board drawn into the sand with pebbles or seeds for the counters! That's the beauty of manacala... it is so basic, yet there is so much to it. I have a lot of strategies to learn with this game. I'm looking forward to playing this game again. And what a beauty of a board to play on! The forecast is good, so maybe a nice game on the beach sometime soon!
I'm a painter and jewellery maker. Most of my art is inspired by nature and the imagination. I paint seascapes, sea scenes, trees (especially ancient or gnarled trees), wildlife, birds, abstract and fantasy. I love to paint miniature paintings on pebbles, rocks, slate and marble. I love to experiment with texture and colour.
I also make jewellery with sea glass, sea pottery and hemp. For many of my jewellery designs I use the ancient technique of wire wrapping. The oldest examples of wire wrapped jewellery date back to before 2000 BC. The technique was used by the ancient Sumerians.