The Five Phases (so far) of Pichenotte Games, LLC
Since 1997 my brother Norman and I wanted to share the game with our family and friends, so we started making boards in the garage here in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Norm sold his Harley Davidson Sportser motorcycle and we bought tools and supplies. We soon had an investor and started building gameboards full-tme. We sold in person at many arts and crafts shows in the Southwest, and started a website in 1997. It turned out that we could not support ourselves, so this has become a fun but serious hobby with a lot of enthusiasts all over the country, young and old. Many thanks to all those who contributed in the past and those who are currently making it possible for us to continue. Everything you purchase from us helps us to continue making pichenotte boards ! Thank you all !
Phase 1 – 1997 to 2001
Dave and Norm as Pichenotte Gameboard Co make hundreds of octagonal boards
Oak, birch, maple, mahogany, cherry, walnut, padauk, purple heart, etc
Lined with billiard cloth or wood – Offering both deluxe and basic models
Pucks are double concave plastic mold #1
Pichenotte League at pubs and tourneys with prizes
Store opens on Old Santa Fe Trail
Phase 2 – 2002 to 2012
Store Closes – Breaktime
Time to rethink and recalibrate
Phase 3 – 2013 to 2017
Dave only – Re-brands as Three Victors LLC
Offering deluxe board and basic board
Arroyo Studio creates laser engraving on rails
Monsoon Design creates t-shirts and pouches
New plastic puck mold #2 – 2016 – double concave with smoother sides
Ditch can now be lined with vinyl, billiard cloth or wood
Phase 4 – 2017 to 2019
Dave and Klaus – a local furniture designer and craftsman
Continue as Three Victors LLC
Klaus creates a new style with spline joinery in cherry and walnut
His sturdy Pub board gets placed in about a dozen local pubs
Pichenotte tournaments held in Santa Fe and Albuquerque
Phase 5 – 2020 to The Present
Dave only – Round boards
New Wood pucks from Millette and Sons in Quebec – Canada
Rebrands as Pichenotte Games LLC
New French-Flicking-Frog logo by Belgium artist Wm Rosaert (rhymes with Mozart)
What happens next ? Stay tuned !…..
There is a smaller, narrow, 2 person board in the works !
Thanks for all your support. We hope you continue to enjoy playing pichenotte for many years !