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The brazillian Jiu Jitsu Chess Set by Jim Arnold

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 05-22-2014 12:35 AM 1735 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s one that I thought was kind of cute…really colorful anyway. I was given the BJJ logo (the last pic in the series here) and told to bring it to life.

Just an extra minute to dig a 5/16ths” wide groove in the top of the shoulder of all the pieces so the groove would ‘hold’ the leather belts from riding up and down the piece. The belts were not glued, rather tied with the same knots they use on their own belts. Unlike karate, the colors of the belts represent holds, and moves specific to Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. They refer to BJJ as “human chess” and their motto is applicable to the chess game too…”when you see a good move, look for a better one!

Pieces are turned from solid Walnut and Maple and the chess board is about 24” square. Kings 2” base and about 5” tall pawns about 2.5” tall with a 1.5” base. Pieces are heavily weighted and have black leather pads on the bottom.

Been a really busy year so far…hands are killing me and the dogs are barking constantly, lol.

Thanks everybody!

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/JimArnoldsChessSets





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woodchuckerNJ

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#1 posted 05-22-2014 01:06 AM

Another beautiful chess set.

The knights are very impressive carvings.

-- Jeff NJ

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#2 posted 05-22-2014 03:07 AM

Very exciting.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 05-22-2014 04:58 AM

Wonderful adaptation befitting the classical figures with the classical Jiu Jitsu, Jim.

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#4 posted 05-22-2014 05:59 AM

White to start and my move is d4 d5!
Beautiful chess set!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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bigike

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#5 posted 05-22-2014 10:22 AM

Always, very nice works of art.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#6 posted 05-22-2014 11:52 AM

Great set, Jim! Looking at the logo… you pegged this one perfectly. Great effect with the ‘belts’.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#7 posted 05-22-2014 11:59 AM

Nicely done! I like seeing hand made chess sets. I assume you carved the knights as well?

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#8 posted 05-22-2014 01:18 PM

amazing job, that is an awesome chess set

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#9 posted 05-22-2014 06:17 PM

Top notch I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 05-23-2014 02:45 AM

Excellent!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Rick

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#11 posted 05-23-2014 06:03 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed Jim! Thanks For Posting!

Rick

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#12 posted 05-23-2014 07:24 PM

Beautiful chess set! Good choice of wood. Stunning work on the board and each pieces are perfectly crafted.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 05-23-2014 11:44 PM

Super fine chess set. Gr8 build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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