Little Mermaid Chess Set

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 02-01-2011 01:37 AM 5046 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A set that I made for a special friend of mine.

Solid Maple and Cherry. First (and most likely last) time I’ve ever carved Cherry. I like the color and the look it gives, but don’t care for it as a carving wood. Its soft, kind of like Poplar, and doesn’t hold detail as well as Walnut or Maple (what I usually use).

Chessboard is about 24” square overall. Kings about 7” tall…pawns about 4” tall.

This is the last of 9 sets I’ve made in the last 8 weeks. Time for a break!

Next up….the ultimate good versus evil chess set, I don’t have a title yet, and haven’t worked out the details, but its basically a very classical treatment (or I hope it is) of God versus the Devil


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#1 posted 02-01-2011 02:21 AM

9 sets in 8 weeks!!! you are an animal. A verty talented carver as well,
Nice stuff

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#2 posted 02-01-2011 02:24 AM

Those are cool. Great job.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 02-01-2011 04:02 AM

Beautifully amazing! ...and I agree with “bibb” that 9 sets in 8 weeks!!! WOW!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 02-01-2011 04:06 AM

saweeeeeeeeet, how long did this take? I can’t wait to see the next one.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 04:07 AM

Holy Cow! Nice Job!

-- christopheralan

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 04:13 AM

Always a treat to see your work. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to good and evil.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 04:35 AM

Wow! I’d be happy if I carved 9 sets in 8 years. The cherry looks good with the maple, too bad it’s not a good carving wood.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 06:24 AM

9 sets?! This man is a maniac! I really really like your work and always have!


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#9 posted 02-01-2011 07:24 PM

9 sets in 8 weeks! It’d probably take me 8 weeks just to build 1 chessboard and order pieces online. Very impressive.

-- Matt -

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#10 posted 11-28-2011 09:29 PM

I’m sorry, a choice of words stuck out to me. what do you mean by cherry not “holding” detail?

That’s some incredible carving.

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#11 posted 05-18-2017 03:45 AM

How much would you sell one for?

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#12 posted 05-18-2017 08:36 PM

This is a beautiful chess board and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 06-19-2017 07:37 PM

This chess set is so beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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