Step 1: Materials and Tools
- piece of wood - in my case it was a 30cm x 30cm square
- 40 wedge-shaped wood pieces
Materials for pouch:
- old gloves (mittens)
- leather strap
- small wood saw
- handler (optional)
- wood burning tool - I don't have one, so I used a soldering iron
- needle and thread
Step 2: Burning the Board
Step 3: Cutting the Pieces
If you don't have electric jigsaw, just like me, you can use some handler to hold the wood in one place while cutting with a small wood saw (I started with a knife from my SwissTool, but it took too long). The handler makes the job so much easier that I can't get it why I did anything before buying it.
Step 4: Burning the Signs
At first, I thought about creating templates for pieces that have the same sign, but after first try I decided to simply draw each sign without any template and later burn it. After drawing and burning each sign at least one time, I decided to go one step further and simply burn the shapes without previously drawing them. Of course effects are not perfect, as it was my first time with kanji at all, but some more practice may bring better results next time.
Most of pieces can be promoted, as you can see in the table with kanji signs - the promoted signs should be burnt on the back of the piece, so you can simply turn it during the game to show that you decided to promote this one.
If you want you can also burn something special on one "army" to make it easier to separate them, but it's not needed, as the pieces have this special shape that allows you to difference them by their orientation during the game. I decided to burn a top of one army's pieces to allow fast separating while setting up the game.