The Tables (and Boards) Have Been Turned: Miniature Vessels and Wooden Chess Pieces by Michael Mode

How many wooden chess pieces can you fit on a 2 € square chessboard?

Thirty-two, of course.  Thirty-two chessmen ranging in height from 3/8” pawns to 5/8” kings, if you have CustomMade artisan Michael Mode create a custom miniature chess game and vessel for you.

Miniature Chess Game and Vessel by Michael Mode at CustomMade.com

Miniature Chess Game and Vessel by Michael Mode at CustomMade.com

The board, wooden chess pieces, and hand-carved tweezers for moving them can be stored in a turned wooden lidded vessel from 6” to 10” in diameter and from 6” to 12” in height.  The vessel and pieces shown here were made from holly, pink ivory wood, purpleheart, ebony, and boxwood.

A Miniature Chess Game and Vessel can be designed to store the pieces and tweezers within or in a separate vessel.  Discuss your own custom chess set design with Michael Mode at CustomMade.com.

A Miniature Chess Game and Vessel can be designed to store the pieces and tweezers within or in a separate vessel. Discuss your own custom chess set design with Michael Mode at CustomMade.com.

Each of these custom chess sets in miniature created by Michael is a unique contribution to an on-going series of lidded vessels.  He explains Many years ago I was challenged to make a miniature turning for an exhibition.  The maximum size was 6” x 6” x 6”.  I decided to make a miniature chess set fitted within a lidded vessel of that size, and you see the result here.  Each set I make differs from all others in vessel design, lamination patterns, storage area for the chessmen, and wood combination.

Each Miniature Chess Game and Vessel by Michael Mode at CustomMade.com is a unique design in an on-going series and can feature different lamination patterns wood choices and chessmen designs.

Each Miniature Chess Game and Vessel by Michael Mode at CustomMade.com is a unique design in an on-going series and can feature different lamination patterns, wood choices, and chessmen designs.

The wooden chess pieces shown here are based on a 17th century French design.   Michael had to make his own custom tools in order to create these tiny pieces.

These wooden chess pieces are based on a 17th century French design and range in height from 3/8” to 5/8”. To create them, Michael had to build a set of custom tools. Miniature Chess Game and Vessel by Michael Mode at CustomMade.com.

Interested in an elegant turned wood vessel and miniature chess set?   Contact Michael Mode and discuss a custom chessboard and handmade custom chess pieces that will add a new chapter to this exquisite wood-turning series.

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