Chess is a strategy game played by millions of people worldwide. It is believed to be derived from the Indian game Chaturanga sometime before the 7th century. Chaturanga is also the likely ancestor of the Eastern strategy games Xianggi (Chinese chess), Janggi (Korean chess), and Shogi (Japanese chess). Chess reached Europe by the 9th century, due to the Umayyad Conquest of Hispania. The pieces assumed their current powers in Spain in the late 15th century; the modern rules were standardized in the 19th century.
Each and every board is made to order and will take from one to three weeks to complete. It is well worth the wait to get a handmade board created especially for you.
The cherry and maple woods that I use in my Chess Boards come from a local saw mill run by the coolest guy ever. I purchase the boards from Mike and then process the boards from rough cut to the beautiful boards I offer to the customer. I examine each and every wood plank looking for great fiquring in the wood grain that will translate to a stunning board.
I work with both maple and cherry, I find that the cherry laser engraves with a darker color and maple with a lighter color .
Please be aware that every game board is handmade and each board will be slightly different and unique.
The finished board is approximately 17.5 to 18 inches square and it is hinged in the middle to fold in half. This makes storage much easier. It comes with wooden chess pieces in their own bag. The King is 3.5" in height.
These boards can be customized to you likes and specifications. Some of my customers enjoy a friendly rivalry such as beer against coffee as shown below.
Engraving on reverse at no additional cost.
To personalize your item please go to the contact page and email me the information you would like on the item. I will draw up the design for your item and send you a mock-up of the design for your approval.