The Literary Chess Set by Jim Arnold

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 409 days ago 1976 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one needs some explanation. It’s for an English professor, who lectures, and writes books. So I went with books for the bishops, queens, and kings (his favorite titles are on the books. I made the Crowns and bishop mitres to look like they were ‘bookmarks’. The for the knights, I did the horse head, but put in a ‘bookend’ mode like they were holding the books together, then for the rooks a podium with an open book on top and for the pawns pens in ink wells…when the second version happens I’m thinking of switching to some kind of “plumed” pen.

Books about 6” tall, pens and ink wells about 4” tall.


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#1 posted 409 days ago

very thoughtful! well done

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#2 posted 409 days ago

So creative and unique very fine work.

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#3 posted 409 days ago

Wow, and what Jim said

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 408 days ago


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#5 posted 408 days ago

As always Jim, fantastic work.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#6 posted 408 days ago

Great idea Jim, I could see why this project would lend itself to wanting to do another one.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#7 posted 408 days ago

Another really awesome looking set.


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#8 posted 408 days ago

a beautiful set, its always nice to see your work and have a good example to learn from, thanks for the reply’s today.

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#9 posted 408 days ago

Great custom build

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#10 posted 408 days ago

Great imagination and execution.


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#11 posted 408 days ago

Very very cool chess set, amazing…. well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#12 posted 408 days ago

Once again Jim, Astounding work!

You are to chess sets, what Fabergé was to eggs!

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#13 posted 408 days ago

Great work! Well done!

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#14 posted 408 days ago

Now THAT is cool.

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#15 posted 408 days ago

I appreciate the effort.Beautiful figures!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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