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BestOfBadge_Q2-20122012 is really the year of the vinyl wrap for Cornhole Boards.  More and more, the design skills are being put to use in a computer before the physical boards even exist.  Hand painted logos and decals have some serious company with these wraps, but there are always going to be people who prefer one method to another.

When it comes to judging boards, there’s a lot to be said for the “Wow” factor.  A picture doesn’t do board construction much justice, so the design or overall look of the boards is really the most important thing here.  Enough can’t be said for the quality of the picture taken, too.  It’s amazing how many times we have to exclude awesome boards because the pictures are SO bad.

The boards in our top 12 are pulled from the Gallery section of the Cornhole Game Players forum. Boards are selected based on creativity, originality, craftsmanship, and photo quality. If you’d like to be included in future Best Boards events, all you have to do is share your boards in the CGP Forum Gallery.best-cornhole-boards-Q212-all

Thanks to everyone who shared their awesome boards! Click here for the full board gallery.

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BestOfBadge_Q1-2012The first few months of the year are a really quiet time on the forum, as everybody is usually still in Winter mode.  2012 was a great exception.  The lineup of boards for Jan-Mar 2012 is one of the most impressive we have ever had.  These 12 boards represent a variety of interests, with Sports, movies, hunting, and even refrigeration!

The boards in our top 12 are pulled from the Gallery section of the Cornhole Game Players forum.  Boards are selected based on creativity, originality, craftsmanship, and photo quality. If you’d like to be included in future Best Boards events, all you have to do is share your boards in the CGP Forum Gallery.

Thanks to everyone who shared their awesome boards! Click here for the full board gallery.
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While some people paint their Cornhole Boards, many people prefer to use vinyl decals.  Application can be tricky, and you often have only one good chance to get it done right.

We’ve collected some of the best tips from the Cornhole Game Players Forum to help you get it done!  CGP user names shown before the info.  Links to original posts at the bottom of the post.

Putting on Decals

Milky:  There are two main techniques for putting on decals. Wet, and dry. Wet simply means that you spray a slight (mist it) amount of water on the back of your decal, apply it, squeegee out the water and air, remove the backing tape, and you’re done. Dry means the same thing, but without the water.

For a first time decal applier, you may want to consider using the wet technique. You can put the decal down, slide it around, remove it, re-apply it, over and over until you’re ready. This technique is very forgiving. The downside is that it is difficult to get all of the water out, even with the squeegee. So, the application tape doesn’t come off of the decal as easy, and the decal doesn’t stick to the boards as easy. It can be a real pain in the butt sometimes. The wet technique is much more efficient for glass surfaces such as car windows, where the squeegee will remove all the water in a few swipes.

The dry technique is what I use. Make sure you have everything measured out perfectly as far as where you want to place your decal. Sometimes you can actually lay the decal out on the boards without it sticking. But some times the application tape and the decal are very sticky, and once it goes on, it’s pretty much stuck on.

The best advice I can give you is to take your time. Go slowly. Measure 4 times before putting your decal down. Lay it down from one side before adding any pressure, and work your way over, then work your squeegee/credit card from the center out to remove any air pockets.

A few more tips would be to run a hair dryer over the decal when you’re done. Don’t hold it too close to the decal or you could melt it. When you have an air bubble that you can’t squeegee out, you’ll need to pop it. What I do is make a small puncture in the side of the bubble with a razor blade, then run my thumb over it to squeeze the air out. Don’t worry about that small hole you still see, your poly will fill that in and make it unnoticeable.

I dont prefer the dry method because if you do get some good vinyl decals especially with some small lettering or parts to it, you can run into some trouble. I have noticed a few decals I have purchased from some guys on here that did not have as strong as adhesive as a lot of others I have used. Which I am sure works fine for cornhole boards 99% of the time.

rucraz2:  I recommend leaving the backing on the decal to get it set correct. Its a full proof way in my eyes. Then tape down the top and spray with Water/soup solution. As in the “wet method”. (just a drop of dishsoap to say 20oz of water) That way if you still fumble it your first time you can still work with it, vs having to struggle to get your stuck decal off to reposition. Then pull back the decal and lay it down. I have done decals enough that I could probably do a dry method, but I am still more comfortable doing the wet peel back method. So if you dont understand, here is a video how to on how we do it. But we usually dont do the middle tape. Just two pieces at the top then flip the entire thing over.

Rickster:  On boards I use a top hinge method (sometimes bottom depending on the decal design). Always dry. With backing on I center it side to side, then determine position top to bottom. Lets say 16″ (or whatever) from bottom to a given point on the decal so you can repeat it on the other board. With the decal in place I use 2 pieces of tape at the top. Note: it helps if the app. paper & backing paper are cut straight at this edge. Press the tape firmly down & use your thumb nail right at the paper edge. Fold the complete decal over & I try creasing the tape at the hinge. Start pulling the backing paper off from the top of the decal (at hinge) till a little of the decal is exposed & flip it back over & start sticking it down, slowly pull the backing paper off around an inch at a time while smoothing the decal down with a credit card or squeegee. Continue pulling & smoothing till done.

 

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This edition of our Business Spotlight comes from Donnie, owner of DMAC SPORTS, makers of custom built cornhole boards in Bowling Green, KY.   What follows are Donnie’s responses to some basic questions about his business, and how it started and developed.

Q&A with DMAC SPORTS
Location: Bowling Green Ky

Made my first set of boards for myself, after being invited to a friends house to play. Had never heard of cornhole before. Was hooked immediately. So I checked around to find information on building myself a set, ran across a little site called Cornhole Game Players.  Asked questions and got a lot of support and advice from several people on the site. Made my first set as one board UK and 1 board U of L. they turned out fair. But my friends seen them and started requesting me make them some. So I thought not a bad little hobby to help relieve stress from my day job. When I look at those boards now and compare to what I currently make, I can’t believe anyone wanted those.

I make my boards out of the 3/4″ red oak from Lowes or Home Depot (depends on which has better material).
I use pocket screws and Liquid Nails to assemble each set, sand and then paint and stain, apply decals then spray at least 5 coats of Poly on each set. Use different color of stains , depending on theme, also do several with camouflage. Also make the mini versions that kids enjoy.

Well my hobby has turned into a part time job. Each set I make I strive to find ways to improve the quality of them, it must be working because I have a constant flow of orders. Most all I make are custom ordered. I made a few over the winter and set up at a local community yard sale one day recently. Sold 4 sets of full size and 1 set of my mini’s and got orders for 5 sets. Was very surprised at how well they were received.

I have set my workshop up to build these boards, and the money I have made has bought all my equipment. Still not in it to make a lot of money, I spend a lot of time on each set, so if you break the profits down to man hrs, not such a good business venture, but its stress releive is priceless.

I have worked out a good relationship with a couple of decal suppliers, and we have designed some new decals and have a very good relationship. That helps a lot on with the boards that I make.

The positive comments that I get on my boards helps me stay focused on a high quality product. when 50% of your customers are driving up to 2 hours to pick their boards up, it makes you feel good when they tell you they look better in person than in the pictures.

I have no plans to expand, and I’m actually considering slowing down some. This is my 2nd year of selling boards, only advertise on Craigslist and by word of mouth. Last year I averaged 5 sets per month, so made around 60 sets. So far this year I have already sold 40 sets and have orders for 5 currently. My normal build time is 7-10days, depending on my real job and keeping the wife happy with her to do list.

Been doing a few new designs with full boards using the vehicle wrap decal. Looks really good, but profit margin isn’t, so may not make many that way. I don’t want to raise my prices any higher. I work with a local lady that makes bags, and we have a good arrangement that helps us both.

I would like to give thanks to the members on the forum, their tips and information have been very helpful. Never thought I would be a wood worker, but its a good HOBBY/Business.

DMAC SPORTS can be reached by phone at 270-202-8588.

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We’ve been working on a series of articles for the Outdoor Games Blog that will feature Outdoor Game business owners. We want to know how these businesses came to be, what makes them unique, their general workflow, and their plans for the future.

This edition of our Business Spotlight comes from Alan Casucci, President & CEO My Pole-ish Horseshoes.  My Pole-ish Horseshoes, LLC is a manufacturer of an outdoor game set for playing Pole-ish Horseshoes.  The following are the responses from Alan from our Q&A.

What’s your business?

MPH is a competitive outdoor Frisbee game for people of all ages that combines skill and endurance as players defend their post from opposing teams. It provides friends and family with hours of competition and fun. The object of the game is to score points by throwing a Frisbee at the opponent’s pole and knocking the wiffle ball off its perch. The first team to get 21 points wins the game!

My Pole-ish Horseshoes game sets are the best designed, best quality game sets to play Pole-ish Horseshoes. Our game sets are built to last for years…not one season! You can play MPH in the gym, on sporting fields at the beach, in the backyard, tailgating, on vacation, while camping or on campus.

MPH game sets come with a propriety custom designed base making it the best designed game set for playing Polish Horseshoes. You don’t need to pay extra for a base when you purchase a MPH game set. You can also play My Pole-ish Horseshoes indoors because of our propriety design base.

How did you learn about the game that is/are the basis for your business?

When my son Eamon Casucci, who is Vice President of My Pole-ish Horseshoes was attending College he was introduced to the game Polish Horseshoes that was played with a single pole stuck into the ground with a beer can on top of the pole. As a company, My Pole-ish Horseshoes has now designed the best game set on the market today to play Polish Horseshoes and instead of using beer cans we have mainstreamed the game for people of all ages by adding wiffle balls to the game set.

Talk about moment MPH became a business.

After spending two years traveling around the country introducing My Pole-ish Horseshoes to consumer from the East Coast to the West Coast and doing our due diligence regarding our brand positioning, messaging, price points and seeing if consumers would pay to play, My Pole-ish Horseshoes passed with flying colors. We are now ready to move our company from a research development stage to a sales and marketing driven company.

Is this a full time or part time job?  How much of your life is this business?  Do you have employees?

At the present time there are two full time positions, my-self, as President & CEO and Eamon Casucci as Vice-President of My Pole-ish Horseshoes, LLC. My Pole-ish Horseshoes is a family business with my two other sons Tyler & Ethan chipping in on a part time bases. Ethan just graduated from college and has joined the company as full time as Director of Marketing.

Where is your business located?  Does that have an effect on your sales or distribution?

My Pole-ish Horseshoes is located in Marlboro, MA. Our location does not have an effect on our distribution. We are a web based company. Our product are also sold through a select group of Business to Business and Business to Consumers catalogs.

Have you ever worked with other related groups or businesses?  Online/Offline

Yes, I also own a creative boutique named Thought For Food. We work with food companies all over the country providing Brand Development & Positioning, Public Relations and Packaging Design.

What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?

Quite simply, we offer the best designed game set to play Polish Horseshoes on the market today. We offer consumers a choice of ten color combinations to choose from and we understand what it takes to launch a product and how to provide value to our customers.

How do you market your business?

My Pole-ish Horseshoes markets its games sets using a integrated media mix of Public Relations, Social Media, On-line Advertising, Trade Shows and Events.

What is your favorite part of the business?

To see people playing our game!

What are your future plans and aspirations for your business?

To continue selling our game sets to consumers and also to look for custom order opportunities with large consumer product companies that can easily use My Pole-ish Horseshoes as a promotional product. We have the ability to provide consumer goods companies with the color poles of their choice. It would be a terrific branding tool for the companies. We could easily attached their logos to our game set poles.

At this present time, we have Resorts, Camping Grounds, YMCA’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, Colleges, Schools and consumers buying our game sets. As we like to say, My Pole-ish Horseshoes is the “NEXT GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOOR GAME!”

My Pole-ish Horseshoes can be found online at www.mypole-ishhorseshoes.com

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It gets harder and harder to pick boards that stand out from the crowd each quarter. The level of talent is so high that it can be something as simple as a nice photograph that makes one set get picked over another. For the last few months of 2011, we’ve picked some boards that we feel push the bounds of creativity. These boards are generally unique in some way, obviously well constructed or with extra features, or just generally bad ass boards.

After sorting through over 340 pictures, we’ve finally managed to select our favorite boards of the fourth quarter of 2011. All of our selections were posted to the Cornhole Game Players Forum (gallery section) from October to December of 2011. Pictures are selected based on creativity of construction, design, & customization. Poor photos of great boards are often omitted, as are pictures of only one board.

If you’d like to be included in future Best Boards events, all you have to do is share your boards in the CGP Forum Gallery. Thanks to everyone who shared their awesome boards! Click here for the full board gallery.


To view the full gallery, click here.

 

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We’ve been working on a series of articles for the Outdoor Games Blog that will feature Outdoor Game business owners. We want to know how these businesses came to be, what makes them unique, their general workflow, and their plans for the future.

Our latest Q&A is with Matt Butler, creator of a game called Rollors. We’ve been working with Matt for years, and wanted to share some details about the evolution of his business here on the Blog. Here’s what Matt had to say!

Business Spotlight : Rollors

What’s your business?

I created the new award winning game called Rollors. Think of Rollors as a game that combines the fun of Bocce Ball, Horseshoes, and Bowling. There are both the elements of skill and chance to Rollors. The homepage for the game is www.rollors.net

How did you learn about the game that is/are the basis for your business?

My family has a lake house cabin in Minnesota and back in those days there wasn’t Internet, satellite TV, portable gaming systems, etc, so we played a lot of other activates like Bocce Ball and Horseshoes. Then, later in life when I joined the Air Force, I was on a deployment in the Middle East and was thinking how nice it would be to be back at the lake house, and started developing ideas for other outdoor games that could be played. I figured everyone seemed to have a set of Bocce Ball or Horseshoes in their garage.

How did Rollors become a business?

I had some local woodworkers create a prototype and played it with my friends and family. I received a lot of positive feedback and even offers to purchase the prototype so I had more made and then it was on a “roll” from there. Starting in the Summer of 2009, Rollors was available only online at first, but now it’s available in retail stores like Menards, Meijer, REI, Camping World and various specialty toy/game stores. You can see the list at http://www.rollors.net/retailer_locations.html

Is this a full time or part time job?

It’s a part time job. My other job is an active duty officer in the Air Force.

Where is your business located?

Since I’m in the Air Force it moves from time to time. Currently I’m located in Dayton, Ohio. I started the business in Destin, FL.

What is the biggest challenge in selling, promoting, and marketing Rollors?

The most difficult part of Rollors is spreading the word about the game. I’m continually trying new and innovative ways to spread the word through press releases, gift guides, review sites, sending samples to various news stations. I try and team up with outdoor review sites, online retailers, etc. I’ve also done quite a few donations to organizations like The Boys Scouts, VA, USO, and Toys for Tots.

What sets your business apart from other similar businesses?

There’s no other game out there like this. Many people have told me they’re so impressed with the craftsmanship of the game, especially in a time where everything seems to be plastic. You can see some of the testimonials at http://www.rollors.net/testimonials.html

How are your games made? Is there any element of construction that is different than your peers?

They’re all had made from hard wood. The wood pieces are very durable. Here’s a quote from Jeremy, “The game pieces are all made of wood. They’re put together well, and will stand up to the usual wear and tear that games go through. The pieces have a quality look and feel. Numbers are neatly printed on to the discs.”

Do you create everything you sell? Do you hire anything out? Drop ship or Wholesale?

I use to have everything made in the USA but after the demand started to rise I had to find other means to lower the cost. It’s now manufactured overseas but continues to keep the same look from the original prototype I had made. It’s also been ASTM toy safety tested and approved. We do both Drop Shipping and Wholesale. For wholesale inquires you can email me at customerservice@rollors.net.

What is your favorite part of the business?

One of my favorites was when I first saw the game on retails shelves….I was on ecstatic.

Another favorite was when I went other to a friend’s house for a BBQ and someone had brought the game over. I asked them what they thought of the game and they said they’re kids play it all the time. Then I asked if they knew who invented it <with a smile on my face>. I flipped the game over on the side and showed them a blurb about the inventor.

What are your future plans and aspirations for your business?

I have another game that I’m researching the patent protection for. One thing I did with Rollors is made sure no other companies would try and knock off this classic and so I have multiple issued and patent pendings.

What are some fun facts about Rollors?

To date we’ve sold over 25,000 games. Rollors has won several prestigious awards from Creative Child, Dr. Toy top 100 games for 2010, Dr. Toy top 10 active toys, Major Fun in several categories and Mr. Dad.

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The amount of skill going in to Cornhole Board designs seems to increase every year, and 2011 has been no exception.  We’ve been blown away by some of the boards that have been posted to the Cornhole Game Players Forum this year.  Creating unique boards would seem to be a challenge after years of amazing boards, but every quarter there are new people pushing the boundaries of creativity.

After sorting through over 300 pictures, we’ve finally managed to select our favorite boards of the third quarter of 2011.  All of our selections were posted to the Cornhole Game Players Forum(gallery section) from July to September of 2011.  Pictures are selected based on creativity of construction, design, & customization.  Poor photos of great boards are often omitted, as are pictures of only one board.

If you’d like to be included in future Best Boards events, all you have to do is share your boards in the CGP Forum Gallery.  Thanks to everyone who shared their awesome boards!

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After sorting through over 330 pictures, we’ve finally managed to select our favorite boards of the second quarter of 2011.  All of our selections were posted to the Cornhole Game Players Forum (gallery section) between April and June of 2011.  Pictures are selected based on creativity of construction, design, & customization.  Poor photos of great boards are often omitted, as are pictures of only one board.

If you’d like to be included in future Best Boards events, all you have to do is share your boards in the CGP Forum Gallery.  Thanks to everyone who shared their awesome boards!

 

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SO, you’ve been wanting the cornhole book for a while. Perhaps you’ve been struggling financially, or maybe you’re just waiting for someone to buy it for you. Whatever the case, here’s your chance.

Derrick Smash (derricksmash.com) and Mark Rogers (author of Cornhole: Throwing Bags in a Hole) have come to an awesome agreement. They have agreed to set an all-time low price record for a brand new paperback of Cornhole: Throwing Bags in a Hole to be sold via derricksmash.com. Not only is the book being sold for the strikingly low price of $12.99 (lowest publicly published price on the internet), but each book sold will have the autograph of the author himself, Mark Rogers!

Click Here to Take Advantage of this special offer! The holidays are coming up – what better way to spruce up your loved one’s cornhole equipment than with the original Cornhole Book! Buy it now!

Here is an example of what your inside cover may look like:

And here’s a photo of the book itself:

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