Sioux versus The Crow Chess Table by Jim Arnold

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Project by JimArnoldChess posted 04-05-2014 05:58 PM 1713 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my submission for the 2014 Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction, The Great Sioux Tribe versus The Great Crow Tribe Chess table.

The table is made from solid Cherry, Sapele, Maple, Poplar, Ambrosia Maple, and Poplar. The table measures 32” wide by 30” across by about 28” tall. The stand is made from Sapele CHerry and Poplar, and the is an eagle relief carved into both sides of the cherry slab on the pedestal.

Pieces are carved from hundreds of pics used in the research for this set. The Kings are not meant to portray any of the Great Tribal Chiefs. . Kings are about 2” by2” on the base and 8 to 9” tall. Buffalo pawns about 3” long by 2” wide by 4” tall.

Got lucky with that Cowboy set a few years back, interested in seeing how this table model will go over…...

Thanks for taking a peek



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#1 posted 04-05-2014 06:38 PM

That should be a big hit at the auction. Nice job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 07:13 PM

Good luck, not that you need it :) Another amazing set.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 07:31 PM

That is a beautiful. Nice idea too.

-- Jeff NJ

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#4 posted 04-05-2014 07:55 PM

Wow, absolutely amazing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 04-06-2014 01:23 AM

I would love to take in the stampede….and the auction….just to see your chess pieces. Awesome job Jim.

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#6 posted 04-06-2014 05:08 AM

Really amazing work. Beautiful.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-06-2014 11:28 AM

Wow awesome table and chess pieces…Excellent job and thanks for posting.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 04-06-2014 08:03 PM

Awesome set, Jim! A winner for sure (certainly if I was a jurist)!

Hope all goes well on it…

Are you personally attending the Stampede? If so… eat 10 pounds (or more) of those incredible Stampede Ribs, for me! They are as scrumptious to a gourmand as your executed works are visually pleasing to an artist. :-)

-- Rick, south Sweden

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 03:43 PM

Always a pleasure to see your unique sets.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#10 posted 04-08-2014 01:27 PM

Awesome! How long did it take you to complete the whole set and table?

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#11 posted 04-09-2014 12:42 AM

A remarkable set, Jim. You keep out doing yourself. I had never heard of the ‘Stampede’ but it sounds like a lot of fun. This set should catch the judges’ eyes…. no doubt. Best of luck ~ Terry

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#12 posted 04-10-2014 01:29 PM

Incredible work on that gorgeous set. Awesome design and excellent carving, a truly work of art.

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#13 posted 04-25-2014 11:51 AM

Very cool. Very nice design, and very nicely carved pieces.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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