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