"Tsek Meyt" Chess Set

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Project by Benji Reyes posted 631 days ago 3773 views 13 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sharing with you guys a chess set I made for my recently concluded exhibit.
All chess pieces are whittled from kamagong (Ebony) and Molave (Philippine teak for the white pieces) Each piece is weighted. All The board’s outer frame is made from balayong with amboyna burl inlays. The white border is Manggachapuy while the black squares are malabayabas and the yellow squares are of Langka (jack fruit) The leg is hand carved Saplungan and its base is dungon (iron wood) All woods used are reclaimed as with all my other projects.
Any wood buddies from Adelaide?
Have a great weekend!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#1 posted 631 days ago

Lots of people make chessboards, but the craftsmanship here is simply sublime. You are a master, Benji!

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 631 days ago

My my my. I am glad I opened up this page to see this wonderful thing.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#3 posted 631 days ago

WOW! Stunning!
This a piece of art!!
Superb work Benji!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 631 days ago

This is magnificent! Without question, it is more than a board with some playing pieces-it belongs in a museum for the whole world to see. Another masterpiece. Thanks so much for sharing…......

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#5 posted 631 days ago

Very possibly the best I have ever seen. Stunningly beautiful.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 631 days ago

I get excited when I get an email telling me that Benji has posted a project.
I went and made a cup of tea, waited for it to steep, then poured a cup.
Made sure that I wasn’t needed elsewhere for the next few minutes.

Then I opened the link.
It was worth the wait.

I just don’t know what to say about your work.
I’ve run out of appropriate words.


May I ask, How long did this take?

Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#8 posted 631 days ago

Great work! Absolutely beautiful indeed! Craftsmanship and quality fit for a King!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 631 days ago

I’m speechless

-- Steve--

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#10 posted 631 days ago

Thanks for sharing, Benji. I love your work. Beautiful pieces.

-- Bob, Indiana, "Well done is better than well said." -Ben Franklin

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#11 posted 631 days ago

great work ,,,,,every project is truly a masterpeice

-- If your not supposed to have hair on your face......why does it grow their

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#12 posted 631 days ago

Exciting to know that even the chess, you have an extraordiary pieces that only hands can do the carving. What else? Maybe a jewelry box….kahalahas.
Keep it going.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 631 days ago

You are in a class of your own Benji. I love the pieces, great interpretation.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#14 posted 631 days ago

Benji…you are truly in a league of your own! This is masterful artistry. Lovely to look at and, I’ll bet,
wonderful to touch. Thanks for sharing as you make us all strive for excellence.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#15 posted 631 days ago

I too loo for the ‘Benji’ emails that announce another masterpiece waiting for view! As with your other pieces, this one magnificent work. Congratulations on a brilliantly executed artwork. Would love to see a Benji-Clock next!!!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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