From mechanical engineering to cribbage boards – The Daily Evergreen


A WSU student started to create a cribbage board; uses the family tree farm for timber, manual constructions, laser design

A mechanical engineering major puts his skills and resources to the test to create a unique WSU-themed product that is not available anywhere else.

WSU student Sean Murray mixed his major with his creativity to create products, one of his most recent being a WSU cribbage board.

Cribbage is a very popular game that consists of a deck of cards and a special board, the end goal of the game being to go around the board.

“You get a six-card hand and put two in the cradle,” Murray said. “You use these cards to get points to help you move around the board.”

Murray designed the board using wood from a tree on his family’s land. The process took a little over a year.

“For my first board, I used raw materials from my family’s forest farm,” Murray said. “After that, the wood had to dry for a year before it was flattened and laser engraved. Then I drilled holes in the wood, finished it, and made holes in the back for the pins to fit in.

Murray’s cribbage board is not yet for sale as he needs a special license to sell PAC-12 merchandise. But once licensed, he plans to make more boards and will sell them on his Etsy page.

“Making the board without logos itself requires no license,” Murray said. “The licensing process goes through the Collegiate Licensing Company, where I have to fill out an application for permission to sell college themed products.

Over the next few months, Murray hopes to use his CLC license to create more WSU-themed products, such as laser-etched WSU Hydroflasks, WSU wine glasses, and other WSU glass sets.

Even as a current junior at the WSU, Murray still takes time to experiment and practice his skills. His new skills in laser engraving can be seen on his Etsy page or on his Instagram, where he does intricate laser designs on pens.

“Right now I have a product that I am selling,” Murray said. “I have CNC customized my own stainless steel pens, which can be found online.”

Murray currently has an online store for his products as well as his Instagram @yarrumcreations, where he posts his latest designs.