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Ola Mikael Hansson
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I (from the UK) am looking to buy a 12x12 board (preferably wooden) for Canadian and Singaporean checkers.

However, I have been unable to find a reasonably sized one on-line... I would like one large enough to be used with my existing checkers pieces, i.e. 40-55 mm (1.6-2.2 inches) squares.

The only on-line retailer I've found is Le Valet d'Coeur, but their board is tiny (30x30 cm). I've also tried contacting the Canadian checkers association (which have pictures with larger boards), but have received no response... perhaps due to the fact that I wrote in English, and Canadian checkers is mainly played in the French speaking parts of the country as far as I understand it.
 
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Unfortunately, "Canadian" checkers is rarely played in Canada today and the commercial set that you found is the only one that I am aware of.

Antique folk boards can occasionally be found at antique shows here in Canada and sometimes come up for auction on eBay. The ones I have seen on eBay were not been listed as "Canadian checkers" but as "game boards" and were from the Northeastern U.S. (resulting from the Quebec diaspora of the late 19th century, when the game was popular among French-Canadians). I repatriated mine from the US through an eBay auction.

Good luck in your hunt. I would be interested in knowing if you were able to find a commercial wooden set.
 
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What about the Singaporean angle?
 
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The Singaporean version is even rarer. The versions I have seen being played in our neighbourhoods (they tend to be the more elderly men, for some reason) are all homemade.

My wife and I liked the game enough to get a board custom made. We like to believe it is the nicest set in the country.
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