February 24, 2017 by deltagamegirl22
It’s safe to say that Catan is one of the most popular board games out there, and those who play it know all too well the struggles of keeping the pieces together nicely and not accidentally moving things out of place as your arms touch the board.
The talented craftsmen of Thinking Monk Studios have designed the perfect solution for this – and an incredibly beautiful one at that!
Their Collector’s Hardwood Catan Board is currently on Kickstarter, and I’m beyond impressed. This is one of those items that will look incredible on your coffee table and add make for a truly lovely gaming experience for your Catan sessions.
The pieces are made from the hardwood, Ash, and have beautiful, themed etching featuring pictures for the various hexagons in the game: Wood, Wheat, Sheep, Brick, Ore and Desert. The stain on the board pieces is water-based, non-toxic, and provides a look that compliments the natural grain of the wood.
After staining they are coated with shellac, a non-toxic variant to polyurethane. This will protect the wood from wear and tear while giving them a nice professional shine. Note: The desert hex does not have a coloured stain, but does have the same protective shellac coating applied.
Even the Ratio Trade Tokens are stained and etched, carrying the wonderful resource theme throughout. But what I love even more is the gorgeous edge pieces that are etched with a ship on the sea pattern, and will keep your tiles confined nicely to your table and look beautiful while doing so.
There are several different options for sets with this project. You can get the set with just the basic, treated wood, or you can get the set with felt backing on the pieces to really polish it up nicely. If you want to have a bigger game, you can take it up a level to include the expansion as well.
No matter which way you go, this will look fantastic in your game room.
What do you think of the beautiful craftsmanship in this Collector’s Catan Board?
"The pieces are made from the hardwood, Ash, and have beautiful, themed etching featuring pictures for the various hexagons in the game: Wood, Wheat, Sheep, Brick, Ore and Desert..."