Come and see me at the New Calgary Farmers’ Market West!

I will be displaying for three weeks from May 31, 2023 to June 18, 2023 for Father’s Day.
Sharing space with me is Don West, a master wood turner, who is now selling his collection. You must come and see his art work, it is fantastic!

Visit Lorne at the Calgary Farmers' Christmas Market West!

Nov 15, 2023 – Dec 22, 2023

Wednesday to Saturday: 9am – 7pm, Sundays: 9am – 5pm


5 Greenbriar Drive NW, Calgary  AB   T3B 6M3

Hand carved, Custom woodworking designs

Exquisitely hand carved wooden cribbage boards, Inukshuk's, driftwood sculptures, and custom crosses

Functional Art Designs

The love of the wood

Lorne Mertick hand carves unique, exquisite art pieces from a variety of woods. His cribbage boards are painstakingly carved in fine detail, stained, and then finished with a high quality lacquer. All boards come with solid brass pegs custom-ground to fit each piece, and most boards have a drawer to store the pegs and a deck of cards. Lorne dates and signs his artwork; most have brass art plates. These cribbage boards are truly a treasure of functional art that are a must for any player or collector.

Functional Art - The Love of the Wood
Lorne Mertick custom woodworking

About the Artist

"One of my greatest satisfactions is in knowing that my cribbage boards will last generations and will be handed down for all to enjoy."
I made my first cribbage board for my grandfather when I was seventeen. It was a high school shop project, a pine table with mahogany trim. This has led me to my current interest in producing custom hand carved wooden cribbage boards for over 30 years. I live in Calgary, Alberta. My inventory is extensive and the variety of wood species is amazing. I have slabs and burls of walnut, yew, juniper, maple and many more. I have been fortunate to acquire a large block of ironwood from the desert in Arizona, with most pieces between 180 and 220 years old. This tree has exceptional grains and density making all the pieces quite heavy.

When it comes to making cribbage boards, I use brads to separate the sets of five holes in the board. My peg storage is held in place with magnets and all my pegs are metal. It’s the little things that make all the difference in the quality of workmanship.

A large percentage of my work is custom orders. With custom boards the sky is the limit. Your cribbage board can be anything you can imagine, within reason of course!

My designs are great for gifts, service awards or recognition for employees. Imagine your corporate logo hand carved on a beautiful custom cribbage board.

I would like to sincerely thank my past and present supporters, many of whom have become dear friends.

Lorne sign
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Happy Clients!

Premium Customized Wood Designs

Have a look at my galleries to review my work.

Cribbage Boards

My cribbage boards are each a piece of functional art work. Even those boards in limited editions are unique as to color, wood grain, carving and texture. Each board comes with either a set of unique metal pegs or a custom set of brass pegs hand ground to an exact fit. All boards have peg storage and the larger pieces have a drawer for the cards and pegs. Each board is dated, signed and completed in a furniture lacquer finish.

Custom Art Pieces

I create many other types of art pieces also. Take a look at my gallery of custom crosses, driftwood, and Inukshuk designs.
The crosses are unique in distressing and coloration. Available in both wall mount and free standing with stone bases.
The driftwood pieces are one of a kind and vary in finishes, mounts and sizes.
The Inukshuks come in heights from 10 to 28 inches with the larger pieces containing as many as 24 individual pieces.

How to Order

If you are interested in one of my designs, or commissioning a custom piece, I’d love to hear from you.
Please follow the instructions below to initiate the process.



Please send an email, phone (403) 804-1157, or fill out the contact form below and be sure to include the following information:


Standard Board Quote

I prefer that we have an actual conversation if you are interested in a standard board. We can discuss specific details of what I have in inventory, based on your budget. I will send you a selection of photos, often I have boards in inventory that are not posted on the website. Standard cribbage boards come with metal pegs, rear storage for the pegs and brads separating the sets of five holes. Prices start at $100.


Custom Board Quote

Filling out the contact form is the starting point, however it is essential to the design that we have a verbal conversation. I will try to understand and interpret your version of what you have in mind for your custom board. There are quite a few decisions to be made including wood species, stain color, size, shape and theme. Orders should be placed well enough in advance to ensure prompt delivery. Prices are based on size, details and complexity.


Delivery & Upgrades

Standard deliveries upon payment. Custom deliveries require a 50% deposit and balance paid prior to delivery. A popular upgrade has been the addition of engraved metal plates to the boards. I recess the engraved metal plates usually onto the back of the board. The text can be simple, or heartfelt. It can commemorate occasions or events. The personalization has been extremely well received. Not only have you ordered a custom cribbage board, but you have taken it to another level by having it personalized.



(403) 804-1157


Calgary, Alberta CANADA