Personalised Wooden Mancala Boards
One of our personal favourites! These are our luxury, beautiful, handcrafted personalised wooden Mancala boards – part of our all new range of beautiful handmade traditional wooden games range.
Mancala originated from Africa and is considered to be the oldest board game in the world. It was originally played in the sand with hand dug pits or bowl shapes cut into rock, and played using shells, seeds or coffee beans. Since that time, there have been many different shapes and styles of Mancala board arrangement – even ancient furniture pieces incorporating the board game. So, this is our take on this timeless classic board game. A real family favourite which will be enjoyed by players of all ages, even as young as 3 years old.
If you are familiar with this particular board game, you will know there are many versions of how to play the game. you may also know that Mancala has several alternative names, such as Ayò, Ayoayo, Awalé, Ouri, Ouril, Uril, Wali, Adji, Nchọ, Ókwè, ise and Awélé. The most common in English being Awari or Wari, but in the end it is simply Mancala.
Making our Mancala Boards: These classic personalised wooden Mancala boards are each constructed from a single solid piece of locally sourced English Oak or Amish American Black walnut. They feature twelve carved circular bowls and two collecting oval shaped dishes to each end. The shape and finish of the board is to our own design and is silky smooth to the touch. These wooden board games are truly something special, using the finest carefully chosen timber of beautiful characteristic. No two boards will be the same and are more like stunning pieces of furniture than simple wooden mass produces game boards. The Mancala boards are constructed completely by hand, from scratch, to order in our Surrey Hills workshop by skilled craftsmen. No matter which timber you choose – the oak or the walnut – you will not be unhappy with the quality of the finish.
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These magnificent quality family board games will be enjoyed for many years to come, which will then be passed down making a treasured family heirloom. They will make the best gifts for 5th wedding anniversaries, millstone birthdays, house warming gifts or just because you love to play them and want one always set up on your coffee as a form of entertainment for friends and family.
Playing Pieces: When it comes to the playing pieces, we have sourced some very luxurious little glass gem stones. These beautiful marble-like playing pieces are stunning to look at, each with its own unique natural pattern and a joy to handle. Available in five separate colours, you have the choice of Pearl Black, Pearl White, Teal Green, Ruby Red and Lime Stone. Each playing gem will vary in size and shape, measuring roughly between 10mm – 12mm in diameter.
Personalisation: The personalised wooden Mancala boards are available with or without personalised engraved lettering. If you want to include engraved lettering, you can add up to 30 characters per side, ideal for names and dates, making the board a perfect gift for friends and loved ones. You can also add carved symbols like hearts, stars and other engraved motifs like zodiac signs. Take a look at the options available to you – Engraving options. Best of all, you can also have carved symbols like a Gecko, turtle, seashell and other intricate designs to the surface of the board in either corner.
We can also engrave a secret personal message for you on the underside of your wooden Mancala board, making it that little bit extra special. Something like a reading from your wedding day, a favourite poem or quote, something witty, your family favourite recipe or just something secret you don’t want anyone else to see – but you know it’s there.
Dimensions and Personalised Engraving quantities:
Board: 3.5cm x 20cm x 66cm – up to 30 characters per side.
Glass Gem Stones: 12mm roughly in diameter and come in either Pearl Black, Pearl White, Teal Green, Ruby Red and Lime Stone, and come complete with a quality handmade soft leather drawstring pouch.
Estimated Delivery Time: 7-10 working days. Please be aware this can change daily. If you require an item to be made by a specific date please contact us.
Please Note: All engravings are in capitals unless otherwise stated. For lower case lettering, this will need to be requested at point of order. All sizes are approximate. All of our personalised wooden Mancala boards do not come with any beads, you will need to add these to your order if required before continuing to Checkout.
12'', 18'', 24''
Personalised Wooden Mancala Boards
Estimated Delivery Time
7-10 Working Days
Please be aware this can change daily. If you require an item to be made by a specific date please contact us.
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