|Project by JimArnoldChess||posted 05-22-2014 12:35 AM||1842 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
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.