This is the first time the Isle of Lewis Chess set (replica) has been manufactured in wood. This master piece of art on wood is genuine replica of the world's most well-known Isle of Lewis chess pieces on display in the British Museum. The pieces were discovered on the Isle of Lewis (Scandinavian origin) around 1170.
The reproduction of Lewis chess pieces on wood has been done by latest laser technology and all the Lewis chess pieces have been carved by laser and this is the closest replica of ancient Lewis chess pieces available today.The front and the back of Lewis chess pieces have been carved with great precision there is no any kind of variation in the shape / design.
The Isle of Lewis Chessmen has been made in the wood combinations of American Cherry / Boxwood. The dark side of Lewis chess set has been laser engraved on American Cherry wood and mounted on the bases of Golden Rosewood and light side Lewis chess pieces on boxwood and mounted on the bases of boxwood.
The bases of all pieces are hollowed, weighted and felted resulting in a satisfying heft and glide.
History of Chessmen
Isle of Lewis Chessmen pieces are very unusual, rare ones found on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland in early 1800's but believed to be carved in Walrus Tusk circa 1280 in Norway or Iceland. These Romanesque (relating to style prevailing in Europe c. 900-1220) visage being the only of its kind in the history of medieval Art. There seem to be no other chess pieces compared with these forceful and expressive faces of humans.