Tumblewood is a Dexterity game that compares to Jenga in the same way a wonderful split rail fence in a National Park compares to a stack of 2x4's at the Home Depot. Both stack and both are wood. Tumblewood is pleasant to look at and to hold, and Tumblewood can be more challenging.
Tumblewood is hand split white birch that has been tumble polished till it is pleasant to hold but not so slick as to make the game impossible. Unlike Jenga, where the tiles are all uniform and predictable...Tumblewood has 55 uniquely shaped 4.75 inch long pieces that allow for a greater challenge in choosing the right piece to add next to the tower as it progresses. Additionally, if played as a competitive game, you have the option to choose a piece that works well for you but may add difficulty to your opponents task of adding the next piece. The natural curves, twists, and tapers of each Tumblewood stick are what make this game such a blast to play.
This Kickstarter project was designed with one purpose. That is to get at least 300 more Tumblewood Games out in play so that you guys, the game players of the world can help me spread the word about Tumblewood.
The Tumblewood Guardians are carved on a piece of actual Tumblewood and the Gaming Pieces or Score Markers are hand carved from 7/8 inch white birch stock, averaging about 3 inches tall. Chris Gray hand carves and signs each one.
Shrunken Head, Fickled Finger, Heart for the Game
Be sure to click on the UPDATES at the top of the page for new video and project progress.*There is a discussion of how and why Tumblewood is different than Jenga at the bottom of this Description of the game, along with some other great pictures.
Tumblewood helps folks find common ground. The unique nature of every piece of Tumblewood, and therefore every game played, means that no one is an expert, yet even a first time player can enjoy. In each set you will find a golf pencil that can be used to let anyone who plays sign a stick and maybe write a thought. This process creates a living game that grows a bit with each game played.
My goal with this Kickstarter campaign is to get at least 500 games into the hands of people across the country in order to create a “critical mass” of awareness about Tumblewood and my company. Sadly, I can't just give away the game, and I believe it is important that a sense of value be established as a hand crafted game. My goal is to broaden the base to well over 500 people who have purchased the game and are playing Tumblewood across our great country. Prior to this Kickstarter campaign, I have refined my hand made production techniques by building over 200 sets since January 2012. Quickly getting an additional 300 to 500 sets out across the country will create that awareness that I believe will be sufficient to launch Tumblewood sustainably by word of mouth and referral orders to my web site. www.Tumblewoodgame.com.
Please visit the site and be sure to read the Testimonials that folks have already written about their Tumblewood experiences, watch the slideshow of Tumblewood stacking up, and give us a Facebook Like if you are so inclined.
Tumblewood is a creative game and that creativity flows over to the rules. There are six "official" variations of play that encompass solitary, multi player, co-operative and competitive play. Players can set difinite rules ahead of play or go at it freestyle. In the variation called "Sabotage" often the group play choice, all but 2 pieces are divided equally among players, not to exceed 20 sticks each, and the 2 sticks are placed on the table parallel and within a stick span of each other. Any remaining sticks remain in the Draw Pile. From this base, play begins in rotation, with each player placing a stick in such a way that it touches two other sticks and does not fall. If player causes a fall, any sticks that make it down to the table must be collected by the player causing the fall. (Alternate rule is that three sticks must be picked up from the Fall or the Draw Pile.) First player to successfully place all sticks is the winner.
You can download a pdf of the rules at the link below.
This is the antique tumbling barrel in which 5500 pieces of hand split white birch becomes wonderfully worn Tumblewood. At one time, every wooden handle for Weber Grills was tumbled in this machine. Then they decided that they "needed" a plastic handle made in China and the work went away like so many American jobs have. Tumblewood is 100% made in Maine, USA. Your support of this Kickstarter campaign will help establish a new sustainable American made game and gift company, keeping dollars at home and putting Americans to work.
I am currently prepared to fill all orders from this campaign. If orders exceed 1000 games, my questions about scope of the market will be answered and I will be hiring helpers until we find a balance between demand and production. I am asking for your support of this game now, because if I am to be prepared for meeting production at Christmas time, I will need to have my Elves in place well ahead of the holidays.
By contributing to this Kickstarter program, YOU can make things better. Playing Tumblewood with your family and friends can make you all happier and will help to create a new small company in rural Maine that puts others to work and supports additional area small businesses. I have made a promise that Tumblewood will always be hand split, tumbled, and made in America. Furthermore, all components such as the wooden boxes and even the Rules will be made by small American companies who keep America working.
Many Thanks and Tumble On,
Just in case you wanted to see some of my wood carving, here is part of the gang that is living in the barn this winter.
*Tumblewood VS Jenga
So I had a fellow ask me the other day " Oh, that's like Jenga, Right?"
I went on to explain to him that Tumblewood is to Jenga what a beautiful old split rail fence in the Smokies is to a stack of 2x4's in Home Depot.
They are both wood, and both can be stacked.
But, Tumblewood is split by hand with a mallet and a blade, making every piece unique and made by one fellow in Maine, USA.
Jenga is sawed out by the millions as close to exactly the same as a factory in China can make them.
Jenga is predictable, perfectly flat, and fun; just like driving a Buick station wagon on I-40 from Arkansas to Texas.
Tumblewood is more like the car Johnny Cash "Built One Piece at a Time" and driving it from the mountains of East Tennessee, up the Blue Ridge Parkway thru Virginia and on to the rocky coast of Maine. Every piece unique and the drive is more fun and less predictable. Either one will get you from point A to point B, it's up to you to choose how you roll.
So tell me, how do you roll? Are you a Jenga kind of guy, in a JCPenny suit on the subway heading to the office? Or do you lean more toward your most comfortable jeans and looking forward to the weekend and a trip to the Tumblewoods of America?
Over the years, a few billion grapes have become White Zinfandel. And likewise, something like a small national forest has been sawed into never varying Jenga tiles, and packed into cardboard and plastic boxes, to be shipped from overseas to Toys R Us and WalMart.
And then, there's the 100% Maine grown grape port Nor'easter from Savage Oakes Winery. Maine's first and only estate grown grape port that took two years to age, with some of that time spent in oak. Pairs well with a warm fire while a winter's nor'easter blows outside and is a wonderful way to end any day.
A lot like Tumblewood, which is also 100% hand made in Maine and for which, so far, about a pickup truck load of white birch has been split and tumble polished in an antique oak barrel tumbler. Then 55 of these unique hand split pieces are placed in a wonderful wooden box with the Tumblewood brand burned into the lid and sold directly to you from www.Tumblewoodgame.com and in fantastic family owned toy stores like G Willikers in Portsmouth NH.
Some cats play Jenga, Chester plays Tumblewood.
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