We have a series of Dart Articles that we've added over time. You'll find games similar to American darts, and dart throwing advice.
We also have a section on Vintage Darts with pictures of darts and boards from days long gone by.
Widdy is certainly one of the companies synonymous with the sport of American Darts. They manufacture a wide range of American Darting Supplies, including boards, darts and cabinets.
Widdy Paper Boards
At one time, Widdy supplied both paper and wooden dartboards to the market. Now, they focus solely on making paper boards.
The paper boards are made completely differently than the wooden boards. Instead of pieces of wood connected together, paper is wound tightly to make the board. When a dart hits the board, it sinks into a seam in the paper.
The idea behind using a paper board instead of a wooden one is that in theory, the darts never "eat away" at the paper the same way they chew up wooden boards. The darts should slip between the layers of paper, and if twisted out, they leave no trace. So, theoretically, paper boards last forever.
They are priced higher than the wooden boards, but they may be more difficult to make as well.
In actuality, a hook at the end of a dart will pull pieces of paper out just as it would pull extra wood from the board. So, you're not using sharp darts, your board will degrade no matter what it's made out of. And, over time, I've had the wires work their way out of a paper board, rendering it useless.
The coloring on the paper boards is just that, colored paper. So, you may find that the printing was off a little, and the color creeps outside of the scoring area. For instance, part of the triples area may have red color to it. So, keeping score, and judging the truthfulness of the score-caller, may be more difficult with a paper board. After all, the dart is sticking out of the red, and he's calling it a triple?
The boards have two sides to them, so you can flip them once the first side shows sign of wear. While wooden dartboards are the "official ABDA" style of boards for tournaments such as PA States and Nationals, I know of very successful leagues that prefer using the paper boards.