Frequently Asked Questions

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1) How do you pronounce pichenotte ? What is the definition ?
2) Who invented it ? Where does the game come from ?
3) Are there standard dimensions for the boards ?
4) Are there standard rules ?
5) What’s with the plastic pucks ?…why not wooden discs ?
6) How many kinds of boards do you offer ?
7) How do I get a board ?
8) How come your boards are so expensive ?
9) Why is the shipping so expensive ?


1) How do you pronounce pichenotte ?
Pichenotte is pronounced ” PEASH’ – NUT ”

Pichenotte is an old French word:
a) a ‘flick’ on the ear
b) a game in which pucks are flicked across a game board.

2) Who invented it ? Where does the game come from ?
We didn’t invent it. The origins remain somewhat of a mystery, but there are many interesting tales that are told.
See our ‘History of Pichenotte’  webpage.
Pichenotte and Crokinole are generally old, established cottage industries; manufacturers come and go. The ‘old folks’ up North have been making boards for several generations, and then they introduce it to the youngsters. It is very similar to the ancient game ‘carroms’ which remains popular in India and many other countries. Carroms is essentially flicking round discs across a square board with the object to shoot your discs into the corner pockets, making it, perhaps, a precursor to billiards. In pichenotte, the object is to shoot for the center while knocking your opponents into the ditch. It is likely that the British brought ‘carroms’ to Canada from India.

There is a round ‘crokinole’ game board in an Ontario Canada museum, made around 1865, by a German man named Wettlaufer. He called it ‘crokinole’, which is probably derived from the French word ‘croquinole’, so we think perhaps the game originated in Quebec, but we may never know. As kids, we were told the name of the game was ‘pichenotte’. We never knew another family who owned a board, until we moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and our brother Paul found a photo from 1900 showing a US Senator Coffin playing pichenotte with his grandson. Research continues. There are several meanings to croquinole, one of which is the noun ‘flick’. Whatever it’s origins, it is a very popular game. For another point of view about the names, and the origins of the game, please visit our good friend Caleb Kelly’s website at  www.crokinole.com    And don’t forget to visit our friends at www.CrokinoleDepot.com ….Home of the famous Beierling Brothers

3) Are there standard dimensions for pichenotte boards?
The simple answer is no. However, we make the round playing surface 23-1/2 inches round.  The World Crokinole Championships use 26 inches diameter for the round top. We’ve seen the round game tops as small as 18 inch diameter and as large as 28 inch diameter. Somewhere around 24 inch diameter seems very common. We have seen round, square, octagonal, and even nine-sided gameboards.  We’ve even made some. We don’t think it advances the fun of the game to set iron-clad standards, except for tournaments. The annual World Crokinole Championships in Tavistock, Ontario has defined guidelines for the dimensions of the boards and rules of play to be used in their tournaments. Please see www.worldcrokinole.com That is completely understandable and necessary in tournament situations. Pichenotte and crokinole board-making seems to have remained a ‘cottage industry’ after all these years, and many happy local customs surround the history and enjoyment of the game.

4) Are there international standard rules?
Like the dimensions, the rules vary widely from region to region.
For our easy pichenotte rules, please CLICK HERE. For our Tournament Rules, CLICK HERE.
The World Crokinole Championships have created definitive rules of play, and board sizes, which we respect, but we don’t follow them. In a tournament situation, that is most understandable, necessary and agreeable. However, we prefer more flexibility. For example, at Crokinole Tournaments, you are not allowed to get out of your chair to make a shot. We prefer to let everyone ‘take their own best shot’ even if it means getting out of your chair until you find your best position, as long as you don’t interfere with your opponent while they are shooting.

5) What’s with the plastic pucks….why not wooden discs ?
After much experimentation, we found that, in our opinion, the wooden discs used in Crokinole, lack a consistent size, weight and shape.  In our opinion, the flat surface of wooden discs provides too much friction, and they are adversely affected by humidity and temperature. In addition, wooden discs usually have one side that is convex and one side that is concave. Some see this as an advantage, but we do not. So, we designed pieces that are almost frictionless, and have a ‘liveliness’ similar to billiard balls. They are consistent in size, weight and shape. They are made of high-impact, unbreakable plastic, and produced locally, in small numbers.

6) How many kinds of boards do you offer ?
We offer one board….The ‘Deluxe’ Model starting at $495. The rails are wide and thick, and we use a hardwood spline joint at the 8 corners. Click Here for details.

7) How do I get a board ?
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8) How come your boards are so expensive?
We choose the finest materials and we take our time. Our pucks and posts are custom made. Some cutting processes are done by machine, but we handcraft each board.

9) Why are shipping costs so expensive ?

Because the boards are so large, the shipping companies charge dimensional weight ( L x W x H / 166). Therefore, even though the total weight is about 38 lbs, we get charged for about 65 lbs. We ship them in double wall cardboard and lots of expensive foam to make sure they arrive to you safely. The heavy duty shipping box alone is $75. UPS shipping is minimum of $45, to nearby areas, and goes up to about $90 to either coast of the USA
If you are looking for our boards to ship to Canada, it is about $145 to get there, and then Canadian government and customs add another $125…..
So much for the “North American Free Trade Agreement” Free trade for who ? we wonder….Not us !

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