with Padauk and artificial ivory inlay. Each piece was individually turned on the lathe (no CNC machines allowed in my shop!) and yes, it was somewhat of a painstaking undertaking. You only begin to appreciate how many pieces there are in a chess set when you go about making one. Turning the pawns seems to go on forever.
The second phase of this project involves making a matching board. The board in the picture is one I had knocking around and is made from stone; quite heavy. I intend making a board for the set from Padauk with artificial ivory inlay to match the set. So, tune in again to see the finished ensemble in the not too distant future.