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Chris & Carrie

Chess board and men

Project Owner: Andy Piggott
Type of Wood: scrap beech and sapele
Finish: varnish
Dimensions: chess board - 350mm x 350mm


Challenged to carve a chess board, I drew some inspiration from the Isle of Lewis chess men. The beech was reasonable to carve but the sapele (if that is what it is) was more difficult as it splintered easily at these small dimensions. The water-based varnish was a mistake as it left bubbles within the hardened varnish.

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