African Animals Checkers / Draughts Board Game
African Animals Checkers / Draughts Board Game
African Animals Checkers / Draughts Board Game
African Animals Checkers / Draughts Board Game
African Animals Checkers / Draughts Board Game

This beautifully made checkers (draughts) board game is a true piece of African art brought to you by Amazing Africa Gifts. Each disc is made from polystone and boasts a beautifully designed wildlife impression, all hand-painted. The board is made from kiaat and koto woods and set in a detailed frame made from polystone and painted by South African artists.

These checkers discs are initially designed by hand, then the molds are used to cast the discs in polystone.

The checkers game discs contain detailed artistic impressions of:

  • Lion
  • Cheetah
  • Buffalo
  • Rhino
  • Elephant
  • Zebra

Amazing Africa Gifts crafting details

Both the set’s discs and board frame are cast by hand in polystone (a unique mixture of crushed stone and resin) and painted by hand in incredible detail by our exceptionally talented team of South African artists using high-quality Winsor and Newton oil paints. The wooden board itself is also carved by hand, as are the molds that are used for the chess pieces.

The board’s squares are made from koto and cherry wood which are treated in accordance with international import standards and requirements. The board is then set in its polystone frame which boasts a stunning African design.

Each set (board, discs and frame) takes approximately six (6) hours to be crafted from start to finish by our extremely skilled and talented artisans and craftspeople, with some time allocated during the process for the paint to dry.

Checkers / Draughts Set Sizes:

Draughts Set

(D001)

Playing disc height

0.9 cm

Playing disc diameter base

3.8 cm

Board size

37cm x 37cm x 3cm

Board playing squares

4 cm x 4 cm

Packed size (incl & excl board)

47cm x 47cm x 10cm

Packed weight (including board)

3 kg


Packaging

Our checkers sets are packaged with the utmost care to ensure that they arrive safely after even the longest shipment.

The board is wrapped in bubble wrap to avoid damage while in transit and, along with the discs, it is placed in a sturdy double-walled cardboard box which is filled with polystyrene packing peanuts. The discs are placed in small packets within this box to limit the movement of the individual pieces.

While we take the greatest care to ensure that the set gets to you in one piece, we know that accidents do happen – so, if any pieces arrived damaged, we will replace them entirely at no cost to you.

More about checkers

The oldest evidence of checkers (also called draughts) was uncovered by archaeologists at an ancient city called Ur (in present-day Iraq) and can be carbon dated to around 3 000 BC, making checkers older than even chess!

The modern-day version of checkers was developed around the 12th century when a Frenchman started playing a game called “Fierges” (or “Ferses”) on a chess board with discs. The game then spread to England and the Americas after the advent of colonization. There are a variety of boards in the modern-day game with 64 spaces, 100 spaces, and some boards having as many as 144 spaces.

Checkers is a great game for practicing logic whilst having fun.

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