|Project by DavidBethune||posted 914 days ago||2531 views||3 times favorited||21 comments|
Well I have finally completed the Chess Board for the Lewis Chess pieces that I am still carving. The board is made from Moose Antler, 1/4” thick pieces bonded together on 3/4” Baltic Birch, trimmed with walnut & then Laser Engraved. It is approx 20 1/2” x 20 1/2” in size.
It took 8 hours Laser time to engrave what you see on the board. Industry standard charges for Laser Engraving is $2.00 per minute.. Do the math…. hmmm
People who are selling Moose antler are asking $250.00 for 1 rack. For this set I need about 10 racks to complete it. So all in all if I had to pay for Lasering and buy the antler I would have about $3500.00 in material cost plus the time to make it. This has been an ongoing project for the last couple of years.
I would value this set at $10,000.00 when it’s complete and knowing that no one would pay that is, why I am giving it to family to be kept as an heirloom.
I am giving it to my brother and sister in law, so I put our family coat of arms as well as his wifes maiden name coat of arms on the back along with the story about the Lewis Chess set about where it was found. The originals pieces are in the British and Scotlands museums.
I am still working on the Chess pieces. They are all hand carved out of Moose, Deer and Caribou. The challenge for the larger pieces like the Kings and Bishops is that I have to have very large butt ends of Moose Antler to make them because the pieces are approx 2” across x 3” high. It’s difficult to get the antler because I will not pay for it so I rely on people finding it for me.
Anyhow I’m really glad I finished the board.