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Wooden Chess Sets in India


  • 2 months ago · Quote · #721

    strngdrvnthng

    Rosewoods belong to the genus Dalbergia...the two most prominent (at least in furniture and guitarmaking) are: Dalbergia nigra (Brazilian Rosewood) and Dalbergia latifolia (East Indian Rosewood). Neither Bud nor Blood 'Rosewoods' are, in fact, Rosewoods. Hope this helps.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #722

    wiscmike

    I guess I would like to know from the "chess wood community" what wood is more desirable for chess pieces blood rosewood which I am told is AP, or bud rosewood and why.  They do look very similar and I think even some chess set sellers do not know the difference.

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #723

    wiscmike

    One thing for sure about sets coming from India is how they improved over the decades. The early ones imported by the USCF decades ago were very poor in quality of the workmanship of the pieces, the woods were high quality, just the workmanship which to me was everything.

    They have come a very long way and anyone not satisfied today buying a decent wooden chess set from India maybe shouldn't be buying a chess set. Even my Dureke wood set back from the 1960's has cracked in some of the bases due to humidity control which is super important. 

    If you want a "perfect" set get plastic not wood. That is if you are a perfectionist you maybe should not even look into a wood set. 

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #724

    TomHaegin

    Metal-Gerd hat geschrieben:

    Unfortunately because of shipping costs plus taxes it is not attractive to order HoS pieces from Germany.

    Europe's biggest chess store has something quite similar.

    Metal Gerd, what's the name of that biggest chess store in Europe? Or website? Thank you!

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #725

    Metal-Gerd

    TomHaegin wrote:

    Metal-Gerd hat geschrieben:

    Unfortunately because of shipping costs plus taxes it is not attractive to order HoS pieces from Germany.

    Europe's biggest chess store has something quite similar.

    Metal Gerd, what's the name of that biggest chess store in Europe? Or website? Thank you!

    It`s Niggemann from Germany. Expert advice, fine service and reasonable prices. I hope I'll get discount for posting this. https://www.schachversand.de

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #726

    FrankHelwig

    Metal-Gerd wrote:
    It`s Niggemann from Germany. Expert advice, fine service and reasonable prices. I hope I'll get discount for posting this. https://www.schachversand.de

    Niggemann is good. So is http://www.euroschach.de/

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #727

    Jascias

    wiscmike wrote:
    TomHaegin wrote:

    Hi Jascias

    just a quick question for my education about the color of the African Padadauk: looking at your pictures, its color is very much reddish-brown in tone, more so than brownish-brown, right? Just asking, trying to come to grips with the various wood colors...

    For the wood experts among you: How would African Padauk color typically be different from "Rosewood" (not Golden Rosewood which is another name for Sheesham, I believe) ?  I would *think* that a nice Rosewood would be not quite as red as the AP, but be more of a dark-red-brown tone, correct? Sorry I have not seen either in real yet.

    Thank you!

    ____________________________________________________________________

    wiscmike wrote:

    I was told this past week by a representative of HOS (this was via on line help) that AP is synonymous with blood rose wood which is different than bud rose wood.  Now some sellers of chess sets use bud rose and blood rose meaning the same which I am told is wrong.

    My NY 1924 set from HOS was advertised blood rosewood, when it came it had AP on the "red pieces".  So that is why I questioned it. I thought I was getting a bud rosewood set but no as the two woods are entirely different. 

    Why they call AP and blood rosewood the same wood is beyond me other than the color is red. 

    Since last week I also found out that bud rosewood is prefered for chess pieces over AP or blood rosewood.  Again why I have no idea as both look to have a very nice reddish natural finish. 


     

    I believe bud rosewood is just another name for red sandlewood, and blood rosewood is just a marketing term for African Padauk. Here is a good read that helps a bit. 

    http://designerchess.com/Red-Sandlewood-verses-African-Padauk

  • 2 months ago · Quote · #728

    TomHaegin

    Thank you, Metal-Gerd.

    Yes, I thought it could be Niggemann. I have bought from them in the past, and my opinion is as positive as yours about them!  Smile

  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #729

    crazypopoy

    @Jascias

    You were right. Gorgeous!

    http://designerchess.com/Elvis-Luxury-Chess-Set

  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #730

    Manning7

    This might be a noob question...but from reading through this thread, it is confirmed that even higher end shops, like House of Staunton, get their chess sets from India...is that correct?

    What about a place like Jaques of London? Who is making their expensive luxary sets?

  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #731

    FrankHelwig

    Manning7 wrote:

    This might be a noob question...but from reading through this thread, it is confirmed that even higher end shops, like House of Staunton, get their chess sets from India...is that correct?

    What about a place like Jaques of London? Who is making their expensive luxary sets?

    Yes, HoS and JoL and just about everyone else get their sets from Amritsar, India.

  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #732

    wiscmike

    JOL has been getting their sets from there for quite some time now.

  • 7 weeks ago · Quote · #733

    redboat

    Can anyone recommend a smaller size chess set with a board width in the 15-16 inch range? HOS, Chessbazaar, and The Chess Store don't seem to offer much in terms of full chess sets (pieces and board) in this smaller size, with a few exceptions that are at their lowest level of quality or folding sets. I'm looking for a well-matched board and pieces, mid-ranged in price (preferably $250 or less), that is well-built and good looking. I seem to prefer bud rosewood/boxwood pieces in the "Zagreb" or "Fierce Knight" style. I've come close to buying the sets at the links below, but they are both 18 inch boards that are a little large than I would like,

    Chess Store Set 

    http://www.chessbazaar.com/chess-set-combos/mid-range-chess-sets/the-contemporary-staunton-series-weighted-chess-pieces-board-combo-in-bud-rose-box-wood-3-5-king.html

    Thanks!

  • 7 weeks ago · Quote · #734

    szociofoto

    Hello,

    I own about more than 20 chess sets, so I have a lot to compare.

    Chessbazaar has a 3'' pieces that are really good for its price:

    http://www.chessbazaar.com/chess-pieces/economy-chess-pieces/the-staunton-series-weighted-wooden-chess-pieces-in-ebony-box-wood-3-0-king.html

    http://www.chessbazaar.com/chess-pieces/economy-chess-pieces/the-staunton-series-wooden-chess-pieces-in-ebony-box-wood-3-0-king.html

    I have two of them, they can have some small imperfections but they really worth it.

    I have two of them and are my favourite set for the moment, with a vinyl chessboard a great carry everywhere 

    They claim them as ebony, not ebonized. Not sure, but I bet that they are ebony.

     

    Also a spanish shop (I'm from spain) with french design:

    http://www.ajedrez-webstore.es/17-chessmen-europe

    and also spanish design

    http://www.ajedrez-webstore.es/16-staunton-chessmen

    You can find from FS2 to FS6. All pieces from a piece of wood. unweighted, but lovely.

    Personally I love these designs, specially the spanish one. It is mostly unknow outside spain and maybe portugal, but I think it is cool and it has a lot of personality. 

    For the spanish, the smaller knights differ in the design although they put the same photo in the web.

    Best regards


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