Chess Ensemble in Navy-Air Force Theme

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Project by Alan Young posted 07-03-2018 01:18 PM 1282 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently returned to Michigan after a trip to my home town-Grand Forks,ND where I delivered two music stands-(posted earlier) and attended the Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony of my nephew-Curran Thomas Gause.

Before entering the Air Force ROTC program, Curran served four years in the US Navy on the USS George Washington Air Craft Carrier-For this Commissioning Ceremony I built this Navy-Air Force Themed Chess Ensemble.

The chess pieces are made from steel and were powder coated by Julian Carpenter of Beans Beast LLC -Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The knight pieces for the Navy set are Anchors

The knight pieces for the Air Force set are the Air Force Wings

In the corners of the Navy side I inserted Navy Challenge Coins

In the corners of the Air Force side I inserted Air Force Challenge Coins

During his commissioning ceremony Curran received his “First Salute” from Roland Young-my father and Curran’s grandfather. Roland served with the US Army in Korea.

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#1 posted 07-03-2018 01:28 PM

Wow the chess board is beautiful – nice work! More importantly, thank you to your family for its service to our country!

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#2 posted 07-03-2018 01:45 PM

This is one WOW!... extraordinary job. So unique and special!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-03-2018 02:05 PM

Very nicely done

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#4 posted 07-03-2018 09:03 PM

The board is terrific! My money is on the Navy!

-- Cats, beer and wood...perfect.

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#5 posted 07-03-2018 11:40 PM

That is a great looking chess set! I love the anchor and wings bishops—very classy way to salute the services.

Speaking of salutes, Curran has mine!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 07-04-2018 03:12 AM

Congratulations to your nephew, I’m sure your family is very proud of him as we all are. Thank your father too, their service is what has kept and will keep our country free.

You did an excellent job on the chess set and board. Every detail looks perfect. Your nephew will remember all the life lessons chess teaches, and most of all he’ll remember who made such a unique chess set for him.
Thanks for inspiring

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#7 posted 07-04-2018 11:40 AM

As usual Alan-your work is highly detailed and well executed-first class. Thanks for sharing the family story with us as well- what a special moment with that first salute.

Thanks for posting this project.

Bill in MI

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#8 posted 07-04-2018 12:17 PM

This is a very creative chess set. It is an interesting design and beautifully done.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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