Dave and Norm Lagasse of Sante Fe, New Mexico:
~ Like so many other families of Canadian descent, among our most
valued family heirlooms is a "pichenotte" board (shown at left).
Ours was made by our grandfather, Lucien Rajotte, back in 1926 out
of a wooden starch crate (you can still make out the original
stenciling on the back of the board). His grocery business in
Connecticut was the source of the wood crate. For many family
occasions, the pichenotte board was an essential element.
While at 15th World Crokinole Championships in Tavistock, ON. I had
occassion to view one of the Lagasse brothers'
It certainly is a work of art. A crokinole board in every way, the posts
are quite a fine work with a rubber o-ring around the center. The ditch
was covered with a fine felt. It was really quite spectacular.
Most foreign, however, were the pucks, which were made of a plastic and
cut in such a strange shape that they do not have a solid surface in
contact with the board.
Posted Sun 09 June 2013
While playing cards with my family this morning, I saw the mailman pull
up out front for an apparent second delivery. With my birthday coming up
soon, I wondered what may have arrived from Amazon.com or similar online
However, when I watched him pull out a large square ...
Posted Sat 09 June 2012
During my research on Crokinole craftsman, I had come across a few
photographs of boards made by "Allinent." One of the side effects of
ordering a handcrafted item, is waiting for it to be handcrafted and
Occasionally, you'll find the
Hilinski's maintaining small inventory.
Today, I noticed ...
Posted Tue 08 May 2012
Today is my father's birthday. I imagine he's been watching my recent
crokinole obsession with both curiosity and a bit of familiarity.
Obsessive hobbies run in the family.
What might be particularly funny for long time Knipsbrat readers, is
that it wasn't immediately obvious that this would ...
Posted Tue 17 April 2012
Over at BoardGameGeek,
there's been a flurry of discussion surrounding Mayday Games,
The background is this:
- MayDay Games has been building and distributing mass-produced
Crokinole boards made in China. These are not "handmade" games, but
better than the cardboard options found at toy stores
- Like any ...
Posted Tue 20 March 2012
The first board I ordered arrived from Nova Scotia today. Sue shipped
the board only 6 days ago, not bad for international postal service.
The board is maple plywood with a Red Chestnut stained playing surface,
and clear poly for the ditch and rails. Murray and Sue do excellent
Posted Thu 16 February 2012
Murphy's Law held true as my board arrived Thursday when out of town and
couldn't play with it. The next day, flight delays continued to separate
me from my obsession.
An email exchange with the Joel
Harper (the builder), reassured me
that he was as anxious to hear ...
Posted Sat 11 February 2012
Amongst my searches for everything online about crokinole, I discovered
some player profiles at Ray and Jason Beierling's Crokinole
Depot. Interestingly Ray interviewed a
few top tier players and asked them who made their favorite
boards. The answer's
didn't surprise me, except for one ...
Posted Tue 07 February 2012
I know I've gone mental, while I await the work of art I
from Muzzies, I began to imagine sharing the
game with others. Bring the board to the office to show to friends and
colleagues, bring the board to VT to play with friends and family,
Posted Thu 02 February 2012
After quite a bit of research and a gentle nudge from a friend or two, I
decided to purchase a board from Murray & Sue Skaling. I had strongly considered a newly
Hilinski board which had a gorgeous surface, but I had some personal
concerns about the rail seams and ...
Posted Wed 01 February 2012