Turning Chess Pieces #4: Bishops

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Blog entry by Chessnut posted 02-12-2008 08:47 PM 6331 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Knights Part 4 of Turning Chess Pieces series Part 5: Queens »

Hi there welcome back for another installment of the chess corner. Today’s topic is turning bishops for a chess set. It’s very satisfying to be able to be in a position when creating your own chess set to put your own style on the pieces. For instance let’s look at a few bishops I cooked up in the chess corner. These look very close to a standard bishop except for the very top. Instead of the tiny little tip on most I flared it to give it a little bit of a different look but at the same time simplistic. When designing your set try to keep in mind if a person looked at the pieces, can they easily distinguish between them, is there a nice contrast between the two wood colors. Bishop dimensions tend to be 1.5” diameter base and usually about just over 3” in height to give you a feel for the finished turning. The first one working left to right is of the caragana shrub that comes from the pea family. The second is unfinished curly maple, the third is finished cherry, the fourth is finished crotch maple. These were all prototypes for a chess set and I was experimenting with different heights, base profiles, rings and tops to get me closer to the final style. I hope you liked these pieces, until next time happy turning and may this be an inspiration.

-- Mike, Airdrie Alberta

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#1 posted 02-12-2008 11:03 PM

Nice pieces. something on my inevitable to-do list.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 02-12-2008 11:19 PM

Thanks for posting this series, I’ve been thinking a lot lately of making a chess set and this is a great help.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#3 posted 02-12-2008 11:46 PM

Thanks as well for this series. I really enjoy seeing these pieces and the different woods being used. Bring on the next installment.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-13-2008 03:25 AM

Ahhhh !, I must do this one day. Looking good. I bet the knights will be a bit of a challenge.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 02-13-2008 11:36 AM

These are an interesting series of posts. Maybe some day….

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