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Project by shopslave posted 193 days ago 1308 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a ches set ive been picking up and putting down for 2 years now lol its my first attempt at any sort of carving, the pieces are black walnut and ash, 6”kings and queens themed good vs. evil and their vague features and intertwinde species represent the thin muddled line between the two and the itertwind use of species shows the inheirent good and evil spotted within the extreme of both concepts, no matter how small the ability is there in all of us, the pieces have been forestnered out in the bottom and an 1 1/4” x3/4” colled rolled plug inserted for weight and feel, not particularily happy with the board so ill be making one less genaric and more suiting to the theme when/if i finish the set lol

-- clamps dammit!! i need more clamps!!





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bazz135uk

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#1 posted 193 days ago

Fantastic Project ! Great Skill & Vision So well done Really Love your work.
Very much look forward to seeing more of your work TOP CLASS .

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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reedwood

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#2 posted 193 days ago

Wow….so cool.

I’m amused at how the grain rings ended nicely. surely that was planned.

the chess board is perfect but somehow lacking the same….what? bizarreness? Like it could go with any set.

Your carvings inspired me to think of possibilities like, it could be a removable lid of a box that holds the pieces – an opportunity to add characters or designs that match on the sides, dragon’s feet, hidden drawers, secret push release buttons, black velvet lined dividers, etc.

can’t wait to see the rest.

edit: Hey!...welcome to Lumberjocks! you’ll fit in quite well here.

-- Mark - I prefer the tumult of liberty to the quiet of servitude. - Malo periculosam

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Nick

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#3 posted 192 days ago

Great work. Hard to believe this is your first try at carving.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 192 days ago

That is certainly an unusual chess set and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 192 days ago

very cool!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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paxorion

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#6 posted 192 days ago

Woah this is awesome. Great job!

-- paxorion

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irtamos

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#7 posted 192 days ago

Well done!!!

-- irtamos, Belgium

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steve_in_ohio

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#8 posted 192 days ago

wow, so far it is looking amazing, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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majuvla

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#9 posted 192 days ago

Your carving is very inspireing.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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shopslave

20 posts in 193 days


#10 posted 192 days ago

Thank you all for your positive feedback, gotta tell you, ive been on this site many times looking for advice and inspiration but never actually joined up, your all quite tallented and its a little intimidating :-)

-- clamps dammit!! i need more clamps!!

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Sheisserick

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#11 posted 192 days ago

Looks great. Love the theme.
Worst part of making a chess set: It´s gonna be murder, when you get to the peasants for sure.
sry, didnt mean to discourage you :-)

About your (nice looking) board: If you want to continue the theme in the board, you could let half the board start out almost red, and gradually fade to the wood colours. Just an idea, but it would look like your deamon pieces were sent from hell.

Hope to see the end of this one someday :-D

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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shopslave

20 posts in 193 days


#12 posted 192 days ago

Lol ive started them and its…...monatonous to say the least, as for the board im thinking a borderless much thinner board, that one is 1 5/8” thick on the border, and elevated on four corners by life size hands in their respective species, the white side of the board elevated by th corner in palms of well formed thick but soft hands made from ash with well groomed walnut finger nails inlaid, the black side demonic fingers pursed and gripping the board from a lean vascular hand clad with ash pointed fingernails digging into the board

-- clamps dammit!! i need more clamps!!

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shopslave

20 posts in 193 days


#13 posted 192 days ago

But that could change, ill finish all the pieces and let them tell me what their field should look like

-- clamps dammit!! i need more clamps!!

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MrFid

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#14 posted 192 days ago

Very original work. Welcome to the site! I think a relief carved scene around the border of the board would set it off very well. I am sure that whatever you come up with will be fitting and dynamic.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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DaveGlx

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#15 posted 192 days ago

WOW!!!!!! Great set

-- Dave -

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