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post #21 of 42 (permalink) Old 07-19-2013, 03:27 PM
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Awesome chess board and pieces! You have great attention to details, great design and carving very well thought out. They tell a great history as well, educational and fun. They are worth collecting and to be displayed in an art gallery or museum. Work of a great craftsman, excellent work sir!
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Absolutely stunning, Jim! You are a true credit to our craft and art.

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Daikusan, I don't get to play as much as I once used to, and I miss that. I have played for decades, if I participated in the official rankings, I'd end up somewhere around 1700-1800, but those numbers are suspect. I once played a master five games in a row, I won two of them, including the last one we played (he was not amused), thinking I was hot stuff after those games, I played a six year old boy a couple weeks later who beat me like I didn't know what the name of the game was!

I learned from my father, but the person that I learned the most from about the game, was a homeless man I met in Ft. Meyer's, Florida. I did mall shows there and when he knew I was in town, he'd show up to the mall hours before it opened and we played game after game after game after game, he was an ex-Central Park player in NYC, and he knew how to teach! He added hundreds of points to my rating, it was because of him that i beat that Chess Master 2 out of 5 games. My game has never been as good before or since those days with him and never will be.

I do think you have to know how to play to be able to design. Not so critical in making Staunton sets because everybody in the world is familiar with that design, but it's essential when you go off the deep end with custom themed sets as I try to do. As strange and obnoxious as some of my designs are, there's not one you couldn't sit down at, study them for a minute and start playing. The "hard" part about playing them isn't their design, the hard part is not letting your mind wander as the game unfolds. Depending on where the pieces are on the board, they tell a story associated with the theme with the characters, that story is different with every game because every game is different. And you can believe that when I do play my friends on my sets I take EVERY advantage of that fact.

I do sell my sets, I placed a link in the classifieds here to my main gallery site, but that's not why I joined here. I joined this site for the same reasons I join any woodworking site and that's to learn for sure, but the main reason is to just marvel and gawk at the so many ways woodworkers express themselves as they do what they do. Signing in to sites like this feels like coming home, with all the garbage and negativity going on in the outside world, its so nice to see and talk to people who share common interests and are willing to share and encourage with others too, and like I said, I am continually amazed by the talent and creativity and thoughts and ideas and projects that people come up with. Not only is it awesome, and it is, it re-charges my batteries instantly!

Thanks again for all the wonderful comments and many tips I've received from the forum here!

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I joined this site for the same reasons I join any woodworking site and that's to learn for sure, but the main reason is to just marvel and gawk at the so many ways woodworkers express themselves as they do what they do.
Well, most of us marvel and gawk at your sets. Definitely glad to have you aboard.
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. . .. And you can believe that when I do play my friends on my sets I take EVERY advantage of that fact.

. . .. I joined this site for the same reasons I join any woodworking site and that's to learn for sure, but the main reason is to just marvel and gawk at the so many ways woodworkers express themselves as they do what they do. Signing in to sites like this feels like coming home, with all the garbage and negativity going on in the outside world, its so nice to see and talk to people who share common interests and are willing to share and encourage with others too.

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I had a good chuckle when I read you use it to your advantage. Couldn’t agree with you more it is a breath of fresh air to come here, to look at peoples magnificent work, and share information in a friendly non-intimidating atmosphere. Thank you for sharing your work with us. You are a chess master in your own right.

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Every so often I come upon a thread I missed in the past and dig into it. I really like all of the sets you have made Jim.

When I was in the service I carried a small folding magnetic set in the cargo pocket of my BDUs. Any time we got a break out it came and it helped preserve my sanity. I spent many happy hours in Korea playing against my CSM on the steps outside my Quonset hut. He never beat me but the games were always neck and neck. I am not very good but have played in a tournament and got my butt handed to me. If you can break your opponents concentration anything can happen. I am very proud to say I beat a candidate grand master one night in a bar. His skill level was so far beyond mine that he got careless with his play and in the third game I beat him.

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Thanks for your story Mike! I would have liked to seen the GM's face hehehe...those guys dont like to lose, and that's the thing about the game, one bad move and it can be all over with no matter who you are. I'm still making them as fast as I can...7 days a week...but the sad part for me is that I can't remember the last time I sat down and played a game face to face...been years.

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great attention to detail!
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your heart and soul is in your work here by the ton.....
impressive, just won't/doesn't cover it ...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Jim you do amazing work . I couldn't imagine the man hours that goes into a set like this

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