Stone

Our marble pieces were specifically chosen because of their beauty, feel, and for the natural variations inherit to marble. Natural materials are used (in part) because they are unique, and each marble game piece reflects this aspect.

 

How They're Made
The marble we use comes from all over the world. The white marble originates from quarries in Italy, green from Sweden, red (orange/terracotta/brown) from Spain, and the black and white marble is native to China. Many other types and quarries are also used, but these are the varieties found most often in our Leather Pouch games.
There are many steps in the process that makes our pieces: First, massive, 1+ tonne blocks of marble are blasted out of large mineral deposits in Spain, Italy, Sweden, and China (as well as Brazil, India, Georgia, and other countries). These blocks are then cut at the quarries, or at local processing facilities, into manageable sizes - typically 1" thick slabs that can measure up to 6' wide and 20' long. After this, the marble slabs are shipped to a special fabricator capable of handling these large sheets. There, the slabs are cut into tiny pieces - roughly 3/4" squares that are about 1/2" thick... The cut pieces are then tumbled, finished and sealed, and put into a game!
Variations & Tolerances
The tolerances are not very tight throughout this process, and each cut to the marble is rarely at the +/- 0.005" tolerances that would go unnoticed. Plus, when thrown into the tumbler, no two pieces are ever smoothed to exactly the same degree, making some corners more soft than others, and even completely removing some edges and sides.
From start to finish, these totally awesome marble playing pieces are shaped from nature, dynamite, saws, water jets, and ceramics by machines and workers in 5 countries! Even with that impressive amount of work, these stones usually average a size of 5/8"x 5/8" x 3/8", however it's common to have variations by as much as a 1/4" in any dimension. The smaller stones used in some of the games average 3/8" x 3/8" x 3/8", with variations as much as 1/8" in any dimension. The marble pieces are tumbled to avoid sharp edges and corners that can puncture leather. However, tumbling is not precise and does create a high degree of uniqueness among the pieces.