The Galax, Virginia Leaf and String Chess Set

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 06-10-2010 02:30 PM 2820 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this one last week for the show this weekend. On top of the rooks is a ‘Galax” leaf for which this show (and the town) are named. A really pretty area…3,000-5,000 mountain peaks within a 10-15 minute bike ride including the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Kings about 6.5” tall…pawns 3” tall. Solid Maple and Walnut, although the chessboard is Walnut and Red Oak, about 25” square. I thought I was buying maple, but the oak was stuck in the Maple pile and to me, (very) rough cut, they look kind of similar, but it makes the board look a little bit brighter which I kind of like.

Thanks All,



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#1 posted 06-10-2010 02:51 PM

Another great set, Jim!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 06-10-2010 03:46 PM

Hi Jim,

Lots of patience involved in that, I bet.

Nice job.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 06-10-2010 03:57 PM

Great job!!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 06-10-2010 04:40 PM

Nice Job, cool looking figures.

Have you done the Hatfield and McCoys yet?
And how about mountain men?

Just some thoughts

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#5 posted 06-10-2010 04:50 PM

Very nice! Waht are the pawns a representation of…maybe one of those stringed gourd instruments???

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#6 posted 06-10-2010 04:53 PM

I thought I was the only one who didn’t know what the pawns are, but I figured it out. Look at them sideways, not head-on (look at the one on the far left in the second picture).

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 06-10-2010 05:16 PM

Another great set Jim! I agree, I really like the contrast between the oak and walnut as well.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#8 posted 06-10-2010 05:29 PM

super set jim

-- -erik & christy-

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#9 posted 06-10-2010 06:13 PM

Another winner great job

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 06-10-2010 06:27 PM

Nice set. I really like the figures, and such clever feet on the table too!

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#11 posted 06-10-2010 08:53 PM

You have such an imagination – how creative with the instruments! That’s so fab! If you’re no a millionaire soon, I’ll really wonder why!


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#12 posted 06-10-2010 09:59 PM

That is some fancy work on the lathe… lol…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 06-10-2010 11:36 PM

Check & Mate!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 06-11-2010 02:01 AM

Wonderful chess set. Great combination of woods

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 06-11-2010 02:22 AM

Awesome job againg on your chess sets. Very very nice.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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