Just before Christmas, having finished my Last Supper carving, I found myself working on a design for a chess set. With my customised sloping bench, and the ability to sit down to carve small things, I realised that I could go back to my first love - woodcarving. I'm not a great chess player, but I've always been intrigued by the game, and my late father-in-law was a fine player. The ideas are coming thick and fast now, but this first project will be an entirely hand carved set involving the Ottoman, versus the Austro Hungarian army. Some pieces - like the knight - will take longer than others. And since this isn't a regular size, I'll make the board to go with it. If you're interested in this extraordinary, one off chess set, that will be completed later this year, don't hesitate to contact me.
Watch this space for news of sales and forthcoming exhibitions too!