The wife of a friend commissioned me to design and build a chess case for his birthday. The ceramic chess pieces were very special to him in that they were hand made by his mother-in-law. The difficulty they presented in designing the case is that they were especially large. The king was approximately 6" high while the knight was almost 3" wide. This meant that the board (which is also the top) had to be able to accommodate these pieces. The case is constructed of black walnut with mitered and splined corners. The height of the box is extended because two stacked trays were necessary. The trays are constructed of baltic birch and lined with royal blue felt. A joy I received from this project is that I was invited to the birthday party and was able to see my friend's face when he opened this present.
Dimensions: 20" (Square) X 5 1/2"(H)
Made in Coventry, CT
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Working with Mr. Riddell was an absolute delight. I sort of knew what I wanted in this case, but I didn't know what was possible. Mr. R spoke with me multiple times , making suggestions, sending drawings and revisions, directing me to websites for possible alternatives, and talking me through the pros and cons of each choice. I was pretty sure the finished product would be beautiful; what I didn't know was that it would be a stunning work of art. His choice of materials blend so beautifully with one another, the detailing is so fine that the harmony of the whole is breath taking. Visitors seeing the pieces displayed on the case audibly gasp in delight. He has produced something that will give my family pleasure for generations to come. And the price was very reasonable, even when extra veneers increased the cost slightly. I cannot recommend him highly enough. A ten!