It has taken a while but finally I am putting the last touches to this chess set.
For those who haven’t been following this blog I will describe it again. The set was inspired by the views from the Sky Road, Clifden, Co. Galway, Ireland. The colours of the sky (blue, gold, silver, white), the sea and the earth colours of the land have been captured in the set while the islands are noted by the separation of the the playing area from the borders by a blue gully. The board is made from Kingwood and Elforyn ( an Ivory substitute). These create a stunning contrast. Each player’s position is marked by an inlaid mother of pearl diamond.
All the pieces and pawns are turned from solid brass, sanded to 400 grit and lacquered. The white side is described by an Elforyn button inlaid into the top of each piece. The “black” side is described by a blue Juma button inlaid into the top of each piece. The base of every piece is silver plated (this took a while as each piece had to be done individually, by hand). The Knights are carved from Elforyn and Juma and the eyes of the Knights are real diamonds and Sapphires.
The blue of the gully or shadow line, which represents the sea, is carried through onto the dark pieces and onto the underside of the board which is covered in blue felt. The undersides of the pieces also have blue felt pads. Thus, the entire set is colour coordinated. All in all, an heirloom chess set for sure!
Making a bit more progress, at least on the White side.
Making a Chess set is a slow business.
There is a bit more work to complete on the pieces and the felt has to be fitted to the underside of the board. I have acquired blue felt for that purpose. The little felt pads on the undersides of the pawns and pieces are blue also, so the whole set is colour coordinated.
I am not quite there yet but I’m getting there. Here is a sneak preview of the Sky Road Chess Board and some pieces. As everything is made by hand in my home workshop, it will take some time yet before I am finished. However, already it is possible to see how stunning this set is going to be when complete. The remaining pieces are in the making at present and there is still work to do on the board so keep dropping in.
A truly magnificent Chess Set.
This is a Chess set elevated to art form.
Inspired by the views from one of the most fabulous places on the planet, the Sky Road, Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway and encompassing the earth colours of the land and the blues, whites, gold and even silver of the sea & sky, this utterly beautiful Chess set will transport you in your mind’s eye. Imagine a Chess set inspired by this:
The joy of Chess
Comes when one succeeds in snatching victory
From the jaws of defeat.
Here is my initial chess set design, the first of a series that I am working on. This set is called Na Fianna, after the Celtic mythological warrior hunters of the 1st – 3rd century. In the Irish legends, Na Fianna were led by Fionn Mac Cumhail in the service of the Kings of Munster. According to legend, they are not dead but sleeping, waiting to rise again in time of Ireland’s greatest danger.