|Project by DustyNewt||posted 10-26-2008 03:52 PM||2267 views||7 times favorited||14 comments|
Recently, I was helping my mom with the tremendous task of sorting through my dad’s stuff. Ralph was a Disney vet and collector extraordinaire. He had well over a thousand chess sets along with masses of other games, books on games, artwork, Disney memorabilia and other neat stuff. He loved to have fun.
Cool, wooden boxes abounded everywhere. From plain, slide top container boxes to Victorian compendiums with their secret drawers, doors and lids. It was in one of the former that I discovered something that was familiar. A set I had made for him about twenty-five years ago when I was touring the mall circuits around the country making my bandsaw names, signs and keychains.
This set was carved completely on the bandsaw out of oak and mahogany I salvaged from the building/rehab of the Cheyenne Saloon at Church Street Station in Orlando. The finish, I don’t remember what I used (probably Krylon Crystal Clear) has darkened so that it is hard to distinguish oak from mahogany during play. The pieces are a little rougher than the work I do now. But it surprised me to see it after all these years. Ralph loved the set as he loved all the stuff he collected and it wound up in this non-descript little box, safe and sound.
My mom gave it back to me along with the neat roll-up board, circa 1890, you see in the pics. I miss old Ralphee-Boy.
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