This is just a little post to show off my dad's amazing prowess with a table saw and my formidable powers of assistantship. When John and I were up in Missouri in the fall, I was going to use some of my dad's power tools to make a very rough imitation of a chess set. Well, when Dad began helping me, amazing things started to happen, as you'll see. It was a great way to while away a fall afternoon and the net result was that I had this cool chess set handmade from a combination of Texas post oak, Missouri pen oak, and pine. We're now taking orders for $1,400 a set. Shipping included.
I call this group my "old-fashion woodland pagan team." I picture the bishops with full, leaf-strewn beards and the knights as badgers. The king, of course, has a broad chest and a wooden crown. The queen has wide hips.
Here's the more staid "Christian" team. The knights are horses, the pawns are upright, and the bishops are clean-shaven. The queen is a little more slim and the king is, as per tradition, wearing a cross for a crown.
Now if I can just get someone to play chess with me. Ryan, you want to come down for a visit?