About Andrew Pinkus
The Andrew Pinkus backgammon workshop is based in the historic town of Sudbury in Suffolk, the birthplace of Thomas Gainsborough and on the doorstep of the Dedham Vale, made famous by Suffolk’s other most celebrated artist, John Constable. Sudbury also has a rich history in the silk and weaving industries – in fact the silk for the wedding dresses of both the Princess Royal and Princess Diana came from Sudbury.
Andrew’s early life was shaped by his father’s military career, which resulted in him attending 14 different schools in Suffolk, Cornwall, Yorkshire and Germany. This influenced Andrew’s appreciation for those special and treasured items that move with you, in particular his own travel backgammon set. It also instilled the value of discipline at an early age.
A true craftsman in every sense of the word, Andrew spent over 25 years creating bespoke furniture and cabinetry for some of the finest period homes in the UK, working with many fine craftsmen and designers, feeding off their inventiveness, meticulousness and creative spirit. He has an obsessive eye for detail, precision craftsmanship and finish quality. Good is not good enough, it has to be perfect.
Andrew was introduced to the idea of making handcrafted backgammon sets through a former client, and was immediately drawn to how perfect and beautiful they were. Years of study, patience and many yards of leather went into uncovering the secrets of making these sets. To Andrew this is not “work”, it is a passion derived from the joy of creating something perfect that will be treasured and enjoyed.
Stour Valley Business Centre, Brundon Lane, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 7GB, United Kingdom