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The last two sets pictured are from a one-off set I did for a big collector of Staunton sets.

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Thanks for sharing this Jim - it is inspiring to see such workmanship, and also the war concept. And as for the conventional sets, I believe nothing beats wooden, hand made!
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Thanks Wildwood, I agree. Almost all of the offerings anymore get spit out of a programmed lathe by the thousands. India has kind of taken over chess piece production of late, mastering that technology, but even totally machined sets look great sometimes and the price is impossible to compete with, or pass up.

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Jim most hand made chess sets do not come with such nice pieces, yours are very nice. NGM
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I don't know what to say other than WOW! Amazing, Spectacular, Awesome I love playing chess and as for plastic or wood that's not even debatable I own both. I don't know where the plastic pieces are. You have a great talent, not to be rude but I'm jealous.
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These are so fantastic WOW!!!!! Love them all.
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I should have put this one up as well. It's the Scottish Wars for Independence Chess Set. It (roughly) represents the time of William Wallace (Gibson's "Braveheart" days). Edward I, King of England squaring off against King John of Scotland. Many times, the same castle was won and/or lost several times over the course of the '30' years of fighting, the set comes with four flags and who ever wins gets to fly their colors until they are defeated. This is another massive set measuring about 30" square, and it's over 17" from the bottom of the castle wall to the top of King John's flag. Have to make another one of these next month. The castle walls are made from hard Maple and the corners and 'keeps' are basswood. A friend of mine in England took a ton of pics of several castles and castle keeps for me...the castle pictured here is kind of a morph of several of them.

That's it for the War sets, for now anyway...

Thanks again for the generous comments!

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Sir, without any doubt your are true craftsman. I appreciate your work. I play chess and can see that these pieces though not traditional are most near rare. I would not play with a set like this, but would love to have set on my mantle. Do you build any of these sets to be sold? if so I would like to know cost and time to have it done. They are fantastic to say the least. What a job.

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I don't care what the standard is in tournaments, I'd want to be playing with one of those sets - if I was that good a player, which I'm not. I like that table a lot too. Nice. I'm old fashioned in many ways, to me a chess set is wood, and Staunton style. That and Isle of Lewis, and carved walrus ivory, but not likely to ever get one of those, at least not in this reincarnation.

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I should have put this one up as well. It's the Scottish Wars for Independence Chess Set. It (roughly) represents the time of William Wallace (Gibson's "Braveheart" days). Edward I, King of England squaring off against King John of Scotland. Many times, the same castle was won and/or lost several times over the course of the '30' years of fighting, the set comes with four flags and who ever wins gets to fly their colors until they are defeated. This is another massive set measuring about 30" square, and it's over 17" from the bottom of the castle wall to the top of King John's flag. Have to make another one of these next month. The castle walls are made from hard Maple and the corners and 'keeps' are basswood. A friend of mine in England took a ton of pics of several castles and castle keeps for me...the castle pictured here is kind of a morph of several of them.

That's it for the War sets, for now anyway...

Thanks again for the generous comments!

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Wow!! It would blow my mind playing with a set like that. It is hard enough to concentrate let alone trying to figure out/remember the pieces while playing. You are the master of the masters making chess sets. I gather from your comments you play frequently also. Is that where you gained your interest in making the sets?

Have you tried making Shogi?

THANKS so much for sharing.
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