Monday, December 20, 2010

Not too late for Gift Certificates

There are two ways to get gift certificates for those last minute gifts.   You can either purchase them via paypal on this blog or go to our Etsy shop and purchase them.  Give the gift of family time!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Announcing this year's Christmas Order Deadline

Christmas is only 26 days away and if you are hoping to order a game that will arrive in time for pre-Christmas delivery, you need to place your order no later than December 10th!  So hurry to one of our online stores today or head on over to Out of the Box in Zeeland right up until Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the whole Antiquity Gamecrafters gang~

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Shop Local - Save on shipping

Did you know that our games can be purchased locally if you live in West Michigan?  If our shipping costs have been keeping you from purchasing one of our games, this is the perfect opportunity for you to save!  Just stop by the Out of the Box Games Store in Zeeland Michigan today!  Here is their website for directions:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Goodbye 1KM

Antiquity Gamecrafters has for the last two years called 1000 Markets our internet home, but with the recent acquisition of 1000 Markets by Bonanza, we didn’t want our customers to be unable to find us.  Please look for us  by going directly to . Our new website is now live!

We hope you visit us again soon,

Brian and Jennifer
Antiquity Gamecrafters

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A place to call home

As we mentioned in our earlier post peeking into our workshop, Antiquity Gamecrafters has up until now been borrowing  space from my brother's garage to do the woodworking stage of making our board games.  We lived about 5 miles away, and although it doesn't seem like much, it was really hard to get there with Brian's full schedule.  So we are very, very thankful that we have now been able to move into a new house with a two-stall woodshop and a driveway for the van  ;-).  Seeing how full the shop is, we can't figure out how we fit it all into one corner of my brother's garage, and we're so thankful for have our own space.

So we may need a post with a new peek into the new woodshop very soon....keep watching!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Knothole: A peek into the Woodshop

I realized today that I am entirely too lacking in curiosity. I don't think it has ever occurred to me as I've shopped handmade artisans to wonder where they do all this beautiful craftsmanship. Do they have a studio? A workshop? Do they do their art on the living room floor?

In this utter failure to be curious, for instance, I have made the assumption that our fellow artisans are of the 'starving artists' variety; cramming their supplies into the corner of a bedroom or dining room. I have no idea whether this is a fair assumption or not. I have no earth-shaking research to share with you. But I thought that just in case there are those who have the curiosity to wonder what it looks like at Antiquity Gamecrafters, I would give you a small peek into where these games have their beginning.

Our humble abode has neither a garage nor a basement. This provides a bit of a challenge for a family trying to create with tools like routers, table saws, jointers and drum sanders. So this is where the extended family gets in on the deal....specifically my brother and his family. They have a very large garage and have generously allowed us to house our tools and wood in a sizable corner of it. This in itself is a great blessing, but there have been side benefits as well.

For one thing, it gives us extra opportunities to spend time with family and the kids especially love the Saturdays spent there playing with the cousins and enjoying the resulting goodies from Aunt Jody's latest baking sprees. For another, the cousins themselves are being exposed to woodworking and the possibilities for passing on handmade craftsmanship to another generation are increased. This is something that we as artisans take great delight in.

Our games only have their earliest beginnings in this shop. Most of the sanding, staining, painting and other finish work are done on every available flat surface in our small house. Someday, perhaps we'll have a large house with a pole barn, room enough for every tool and all the finish work. But I think that when we do, we will have lost a little something; or maybe my brother and his family will have to come our way. I'd better improve my baking.