Boxwood Pinball is an art project by William Manke and Travis Hetman. Their hand-made, non-electronic wooden pinball machines and games are designed as interactive art pieces for competitive play. The creators took inspiration from traditional games like cribbage and horseshoes for turn-based competition and scoring.

William Manke

Evil Genius / Lead Builder

William Manke is a sculptor living in Lakewood Colorado. His work focuses on abstract conceptual and kinetic art. He built his first pinball machine at age ten out of a crate and various broken Fisher Price toys. His first real pin was a Space Shuttle that was given to him after it was struck by lightning. He has been studying older EM and Bagatelle machines for inspiration.

“The first machines were crude. More like a box with flippers and some elements of chance thrown inside. Through prototyping and experimentation, we learned how to make the machines sophisticated and fun to play.”

Travis Hetman

Artist / Pinball Enthusiast

Travis Hetman is a fine artist living in Denver Colorado. His work focuses on highly detailed illustration contrasted on powerful white space. Travis found pinball when his apartment building had a Medieval Madness in the laundry room. He has developed a truly original approach to pinball illustration.

“We wanted the illustrations to be a reflection of our distinctive approach to pinball. To be simple and beautiful while evoking the nostalgia of early pinball and bagatelle machines.”

Eye catching design and ease of gameplay lock customers into hours of entertainment and conversation all while playing on our Avalanche Bagatelle. We have customers that show up solely to play on either of our Boxwood Pinball machines.

David BakerManager at Bear Creek Distillery

Boxwood Pinball games are like burritos; I never get sick of them and each one is a little different. I work at Indyink and we are lucky enough to have one (if not two) of the machines at the shop at all times. We literally have played at least two or three games per day every day for the last five months and I have never gotten bored of the gameplay. We are constantly adapting and finding new ways to play the game whist really slamming the boards around. Not only are they phenomenally durable and solid pieces of intricate machinery, but they are also gorgeous art and conversation pieces. People are constantly intrigued and seemingly magnetically drawn to the board that sits on our back desk.

Evan LorenzenArtist and Boxwood Champion