Good move for a man who loves precision work

SUDBURY: Andy Pinkus Backgammon
Andrew Pinkus has a business in Sudbury making backgammon sets which are used in tournaments around the world.

Picture Mark Westley ANL-160531-163739009
SUDBURY: Andy Pinkus Backgammon Andrew Pinkus has a business in Sudbury making backgammon sets which are used in tournaments around the world. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160531-163739009
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Andrew Pinkus is a true craftsman ... his hand-crafted backgammon sets take around two months to make and are an old-fashioned labour of love.

He originally set up his backgammon board-making business from home, but last year he moved into a workshop on the Stour Valley Business Centre in Brundon Lane.

His colourful game sets, made from soft leather, are testament to his skills as a trained cabinet maker.

They are sold to backgammon tournament players and ardent game fans who want to own a luxury set. Andrew makes them to order and they can be personalised with initials or a logo.

“I like to think of them as heritage pieces – they will be passed down through the family over time,” he said.

Andrew moved to Sudbury 20 years ago, working as a carpenter. After a customer introduced him to backgammon, he became interested in the possibilities of making a set and, after “spending a year in the garage” researching and making a prototype, he was ready to go.

He uses fine calfskin leathers and “traditional time-honoured methods” to make the boards, which come in two sizes, costing in excess of £2,000.

Andrew hopes to pass on his craft skills by taking on an apprentice in the future.

His website is www.andrewpinkus.com.