The Walpole Daily Practice: Learn a new skill with Alexandra Llewellyn

Make your own Alexandra Llewellyn backgammon set, and learn to play the historic game.

One of the oldest known board games, originating in Persia, backgammon requires a combination of strategy and luck. And because it’s easy to learn but harder to master, it lends itself perfectly to the lockdown particularly if – like me – you have watched nine thousand hours of telly already, and need something stimulating and fun and sufficiently difficult to take your mind off things.

Walpole member, and 2017 Brand of Tomorrow, Alexandra Llewellyn, makes exquisite hand-crafted backgammon sets and luxury games, heirloom pieces that cry out to be played and enjoyed but are objets d’art in their own right. Alexandra first fell in love with backgammon as a child, playing it with her Egyptian step-grandfather – they didn’t speak each other’s language and came from very different cultural backgrounds, but “this game brought us together, made us laugh together,” and she “learned what a wonderful thing a game is and what it can do. It’s an honour to create something that brings people together”

Alexandra wants to share some of that joy with Walpole members. Whilst working from home, she has drawn a series of print-at-home backgammon sets to keep you and your family entertained.

There are two to choose from – Tulip, or Snake, and you can print it in colour, or in black and white to colour in yourself (very soothing, grown-up colouring, but you might also get the children to do it).

Instructions for printing the designs can be found the links below, as can a guide to learning to play Backgammon (and a virtual dice thrower!). 

Share images of your print-at-home backgammon set on Instagram @AlexandraLlewellynLondon #alexandrallewellynlondon #ALbackgammonboardom 

Tulip Backgammon board

Snake Backgammon board

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