If you can say any one thing about 18 year old Barrington high schooler Jacob Mosby, it’s that he’s a proactive problem solver. Case in point: he loves carpetball, a game played with billiard balls on, well, a table with some carpet on it. He became addicted to the game while playing it at camp as a kid, but when he looked to buy his own table he found his options to be less that satisfying. “I was quite disappointed to find that all options were very overpriced and made of cheaper plastics,” he says. So he did what most kids don’t. He built his own.
Inspired by his grandfather’s love of woodworking, Jacob designed a strong carpetball table that took advantage of cheap materials. The results are Wood You Like To Play, a DIY business where games, carpetball in particular, are his specialty.
Jacob’s tables are built to order, each taking roughly seven hours to build, and can be finished with an outdoor stain for leaving them out on the lawn during the summer months. But since this isn’t the time of year to be thinking about lawn games, let’s just talk about how your man cave, rumpus room or partially finished basement could use some more entertainment options. Though he’s personally passionate about carpetball, Jacob can build other games like corn hole or toss across.
When he isn’t building a small empire in the local lawn game racket, he works as an enrichment teacher for the Bristol-Warren school district and teaches at Vitality Obstacle Fitness, a ninja warrior gym in Fall River single handedly, disproving all the worst stereotypes about young people these days. The end goal? “To raise money for college and to establish woodworking experience so I can continue through college and beyond,” he says. Game on, Jacob. Game on.