|Project by JimArnoldChess||posted 11-10-2012 09:53 AM||8282 views||9 times favorited||25 comments|
Just another variation on the Staunton offerings at the website. Thought I would try a four-legged table with the storage drawers. Still messing around with the drawer!
Table dimensions are 32” wide by 27” across by about 28” high. Made from Walnut taken from a very old collapsed Virginia barn and hard Maple. The chess pieces are made from some of the same barn Walnut and American Pear wood. Pear wood was used in chess pieces in Europe in the 1700 and 1800s, then it just disappeared from the chess scene. Pear wood is GREAT to carve and I am constantly searching for more.
Kings stand 5” tall, pawns about 2 and 5/8ths tall. One thing I do different from everybody else is that my knights are one-piece construction, a carved turning. Jacques, HOS, (even their over-priced $1500 sets) they have their knights made in two pieces, the base is separate from the horse body and head, for mass production considerations (the original Jacques also sent their queens and bishops to other companies for the knops (the little round balls at the very tops of those pieces). Doesn’t sound like a big deal, and my pea brain thought everybody made their knights this way, but you should see the reactions of the chess people, its the first thing they notice!
Anyway here’s the first of many I hope.
No more boring Staunton chess sets I promise! Got 6 new designs to get out over the next couple months that are more in line with my ‘normal’ fare.