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This is a chessboard made for three people.  I saw a photo of a board brought to the states from Czechoslovakia.   The strategy intrigued me enough to spend some time figuring out how to make it.  As you can see, I succeeded.  It helps much that my mother has given me a couple of digital angle calibrators.  In any case, if you know how to play chess, you can see how this can be interesting.  The players move in a clockwise order.  The winner needs two checkmates.  The first earns him the army of the defeated player- minus the beheaded king of course.  Now, that mate does not become official until it still holds after the remaining player has one turn.  In other words, you may score a checkmate, but the other player has to be given one turn to stop you.  This rule was put into place so that it would make no difference if you put the person to your left in checkmate or the person to you right.  Then, if the other person cannot save the checkmated player, the checkmated player sacrifices his army to the player who mated him.  Now, with two armies, it would be tempting to give that player two moves, but to avoid the slaughter of two armies on one, the player with the first mate only gets one move.  The last king standing wins.

The Bishop

The Bishop

The Queen

The Rook and the Knight


This is the long-awaited wood-burnt Dirty Harry clock. I was given this piece of wood cut from some woods back home a couple of years ago. I let it season for a while. I then planed it, as you can see the interesting colors and designs that show up when the bark is planed. The quote in the thought bubble, which cannot be seen in the photo is: "It's time to ask youself one question. 'Do I feel lucky?' Well do you PUNK?" To all the Clint Eastwood purists, let me apologize right now for changing the quote to fit my clock. Sorry.

Christmas ornaments made with Maple and a Banksia Pod which comes from an Australian shrub.