|Project by JimArnoldChess||posted 01-04-2014 11:39 AM||9603 views||15 times favorited||19 comments|
The Masonic Chess Set, Freemason’s chess by Jim Arnold. This one was a long time bringing to life. 18 months from the initial concept to having it finished. Just been way to busy. I made it to the top 3 pages in google for ‘chess sets’ along with page one listings a several niche keyword categories and I have been working 7 days a week for nearly three years now. Business is incredibly good, but what has happened is that I make many of the same sets over and over and over, not complaining because this is what I do for a living and I remember the slow times all to well, I just don’t get the chance to make many new designs anymore. I have several in the worlks at the moment and this is one of those.
The idea was to pay tribute to the Freemason’s. There are so many symbols and buildings and ideas on this subject I think I could make a half dozen sets and not repeat any of the pieces in any of them. For this set I used the 32nd degree Scottish rite symbol for the King. Its also the degree attained by the set’s owner. The for the queen the Square and Compass, THE inconic organization symbol for the Freemason’s. the bishops are the column, knights are the Ark of the Covenant, (which you may remember from “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the lost Ark”). On top of the Ark are kneeling praying Angels with their wingtips touching. The rooks are replicas of the Masonic Temple in Washington, DC. For the pawns…the ancient ‘level’.
For the board wanted to do something special, so I made a series of columns along all four sides. I didn’t realize it at the time, but when i finished the set the lineup of pieces looked like a city skyline to me in person, and others have said they get a feeling ‘wings from several of the pieces. I really like this one. When the owner saw this one on Christmas Day, he reeled off a string of obscenities that I can’t publish here…he was very happy with his gift.
Next week, I’ll post another set, the First Nation’s Set, The Great Sioux Tribe versus the Great Crow Tribe which I am finally finishing for the 2014 Calgary Stampede Art auction…taken me three years to finish that one.
Still making custom themed chess sets to match the desires of my customers, but going to try and transition a little bit towards making my own ideas again, I got a ton of them waiting to come out of my head. The Heaven versus Hell set is underway, a Carousel set complete with tent and horses on pole for pawns that move up and down…all kinds of strange ideas, and as always, very playable chess sets. Thanks everybody!