Chess is a two-player board game played on a chessboard, a square checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world’s most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments.
Chess Boards can be made out of any material you could imagine, but the vast majority of chess and most game boards are made from wood. My personal choice of woods is domestic hard woods for several reasons. The cost of the game boards can be kept affordable, so most anyone can afford one. There is an amazing variety of domestic hard woods, and North America provides us with some of the most beautiful woods in the world. It’s nice to have a chess board made from a local wood you can identify with or have a personal connection to. Maybe the tree was planted by a past family member and has gone through its life span and is now ready to serve another wonderful purpose.
I can custom make a chess board or any game board to your specifications or you can choose one I’ve already created. Either way, you can be assured it will be of solid hard wood and not have laminates used in the process or final product. The hardwoods I use for the boards are mostly local hard woods from Kentucky and some from Tennessee. These include different varieties of Oak, Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Pecan, and Kentucky Coffee Tree. These are also broken down into quality categories that include figure of the wood and how the wood was cut when sawn. I have hand picked the local hardwood I use for your Chess and Board Games from local saw mills. I choose green wood which is fresh cut lumber so I can control the drying process and selection for the best woods.
I can and will also make your game board out of any exotic hard wood(s) of your choice. I will list locations on another page where you can see all the different choices of woods from throughout the world to design your custom board.
Chess pieces, or chessmen, are the pieces deployed on a chessboard to play the game of chess. The pieces vary in capabilities, giving them different values in the game. For a standard chess game each player starts with: 1 king, 1 queen, 2 rooks, 2 bishops, 2 knights and 8 pawns.
One side of the chess set is referred to as “White” and the other as “Black” (White and Black in chess). To distinguish between the two, the black pieces are darker than the white pieces, and the colors need not be pure black or white. The Staunton chess set is the standard style for tournament or casual play. There are many chess variants and certain kinds of chess problems that call for non-standard fairy pieces.
I have made chess pieces for matching the board and sets together in the past but to make them correctly is very cost prohibitive and time consuming. The Chess Store carries most any piece you can think of and their chess set prices can not be beat. I sell them through my site because of there quality, looks and prices. You can find the link to the chess sets for sale in the website menu.
Chess board games are a piece of furniture and should be treated as such. They can have a beauty all their own or be made to match or compliment your home. The finishes I use are durable and will last for years with the easy and correct care. The board games I make themselves will last for generations. If you ever have a problem with one of my board games, I will fix or replace it at no cost to you. That is how sure I am of the quality of the woods, construction and care instructions I will send you with each board game I make. Many a family has wonderful memories of playing games together that will last a lifetime.
I’ve now partnered with The Chess Store to bring you the best quality chess piece sets and other game boards like Backgammon at the absolute best prices. Nobody can match these prices and quality.