Pucket is our own version of a traditional French game. French artisans would make the game from wood and use cat gut for the elastic, which had to be kept moist during game play to stop it turning limp. The game is still played in France by traditional games enthusiasts.
After seeing two jolly old men playing Pucket on the street in a southern French town, we went straight to the DIY shop for materials to build one. A couple of years later, having refined the game and our technique, we felt it was too much fun to be kept to ourselves, and no one in Britain seemed to have heard of it.
The final inspiration was reading Jeremy Piercy’s book Coffins, Cats, and Fair Trade…Toys, which describes the glut of skilled woodworking craftsmen and women in north India, now that the household goods that they used to craft are often imported and made from plastic. We were able to get our Pucket games made by some of these artisans, with the assurance that they are receiving a fair wage for their work. We visit our suppliers every couple of years and visit the artisans to see them at work -have a look on our Fair Trade page for more info on this as well as the report on our latest visit.