Musical Instrument Chess Set

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 05-17-2013 at 09:42 AM 3573 views 9 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Only two more sets to go on this big overseas order. I make lots of music themed sets, but nothing like this before. The chessboard, made from solid Maple and Walnut measures just over 28” square, the board tiles are about 2.75” square, and it’s over 10” from the top of the table to the top of the tuba.

Chess pieces turned and carved from solid Walnut and Maple.

Have some pretty cool sets in the works at the moment, maybe my fave of the bunch is the Masonic Chess set.


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#1 posted 05-17-2013 at 09:49 AM

unique and cool!

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#2 posted 05-17-2013 at 09:51 AM

I love it

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 at 09:53 AM

Very Cool. Really nice idea.

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 at 09:55 AM

what a beautiful set, cant imagine the time in carving these pieces, very nice.

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 at 10:03 AM

Totally cool. Love the touch of the clef signs on the corners of the board—are those cherry?

Of course as a trumpet player, I take offense that you have a tuba as king. OK, it’s bigger, but all trumpet players know who is more important. ;-)

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#6 posted 05-17-2013 at 10:11 AM

Amazing craftsmanship. The carving on those pieces must have taken forever.

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#7 posted 05-17-2013 at 10:25 AM

Well done !!!

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#8 posted 05-17-2013 at 10:28 AM

A very creative set. I like it!

Thanks for sharing!

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#9 posted 05-17-2013 at 10:32 AM

Great work!

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#10 posted 05-17-2013 at 11:38 AM

Far out. All your projects are amazing.

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#11 posted 05-17-2013 at 11:48 AM

What? No woodwinds???? :^)

Very, very nice.

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#12 posted 05-17-2013 at 12:14 PM

Full accolades to yet another wonderful set, Jim. I always enjoy seeing these unique sets, kind of wish I had a set… and probably more important someone nearby that could play a decent game. Look forward to seeing the Masonic themed set. Where overseas are these sets destined? Not my neck of the woods, perchance?...

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#13 posted 05-17-2013 at 01:42 PM

Great craftsmanship Jim. I went to your Esty site to see some of your other work. You are a busy man :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#14 posted 05-17-2013 at 01:52 PM

You’re a real artist, and I am glad to see that you actually get paid well for your work. I also sell on etsy, but you are in a whole different league. Very nice, good for you.

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#15 posted 05-17-2013 at 02:08 PM

That is excellent. Like the choice for chess pieces.. Definitely unique and creative. Thanks.

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